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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Did you know that you can remove an extended query in VISUAL?

There are many reasons why you might want to remove an extended query. You may have inherited modified QRP reports where something is just not right, you want to diagnose a problem that surfaced, or you might want to enhance an existing report and need to temporarily remove the existing extended query. Whatever the case, there is way to do this.

Standard reports within Infor ERP VISUAL are performed within executables in which inputs to the report are hard coded into the executables. Extended queries allow desired information that isn’t an input to be added to the report as a variable linking data to the report.

To remove the query, you must:
  1. First, make a backup copy of your modified QRP file (just in case).
  2. Open the desired QRP using the Unify (Gupta) Report Builder
  3. Go to the formulas in the object tree on the left and find the one named SQLQUERY.
  4. Right click on SQLQUERY and select properties.
  5. Make sure the SQLQUERY is in the middle window box and click Select Formula.
  6. Click the delete button then the OK button and confirm that you want to delete the selected formula.
  7. Go to the Input Variables in the object tree on the left.
  8. Right click and delete each input variable.
This edition of VISUAL Did You Know is brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant, Ivan Wilson.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Change the way you think about scheduling with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) Scheduling

FREE Webinar

Date: Thurs, Oct 27, 2011
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Join Tony Gunter, Business Consultant from Infor, for a review of the issues discrete manufacturing companies face in supply chain scheduling. Tony will share from his deep domain knowledge with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) and share the benefits you can obtain with this leading scheduling solution for companies your size.

You will also hear from Mike Wandler, President of L&H Industrial on how his company is using Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) and the powerful scheduling capabilities to improve throughput in his organization by more than 30%. L&H is a leading after-market supplier in the mining industry. They are a world-class rebuilder of heavy mining equipment and engineer, design and manufacture alternative replacement parts for the surface mining industry.

During this webinar we’ll demonstrate the power and flexibility offered in ERP Express Scheduling and show you how other organizations benefit from:
  • Cost reductions
  • Improved asset utilization
  • Cycle time reduction
  • Improved due date performance
  • Work-in-process reduction
  • Finished good inventories
  • Increased plant throughput

Friday, October 14, 2011

ERP Myth or Reality?

Virtualization is the future for delivering ERP Systems and other IT services to your end-users.

It’s a reality! So, if you’re looking to make the leap to a virtual infrastructure, or want to take the next small step to optimizing what you already have, read on. With several great options available to the midmarket, many smaller businesses are discovering the virtues of going virtual too.

Why all the interest? Reduced costs and increased efficiency — because like any good IT investment, virtualization has to make sound business sense. Consider for a minute the:
  • Reduced total cost of ownership: Consolidating your servers from many disparate physical servers to fewer, better utilized virtual servers saves more than storage space — it can save money. It also helps simplify your infrastructure to reduce admin time and hassle. Not to mention, the centralized delivery of your Manufacturing ERP Software Systems.
  • Easier, cheaper support: Replacing desktop PCs with thin clients further simplifies your infrastructure. No moving parts mean fewer breakdowns and happier, more productive users.
  • Smaller electricity bills: Fewer servers and lower energy consumption lead to an office that’s kinder to the environment. 
  • Greater peace of mind: Server virtualization also makes backup and disaster recovery simpler and faster. Businesses of all sizes can enjoy a higher level of business continuity and data protection.
The benefits are extensive, yet many midsized organizations are still lingering on the doorstep of virtualization, or have started the journey, but won’t take the next step. Don’t hesitate! Wherever you are on the road, there’s a bump-free way forward.

Want to know more about virtualization? Talk to one of our Solution Advisors at 419-539-6922 or via email at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rapid Quality Manufacturing, Inc. Implements Infor ERP VISUAL Software

Fast-Track Implementation completed in 40 days

Hamilton, OH – September 30, 2011 – Rapid Quality Manufacturing, Inc., a provider of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for the aerospace, medical and dental industries, selected Infor ERP VISUAL manufacturing software to improve their business processes. RQM began a Fast-Track implementation of the ERP Software in June and went live on August 1, 2011. The solution was purchased through Business Technical Consulting, LLC (BizTech), an Infor Channel Partner in Toledo, OH, and BizTech provided the Implementation Support.

“RQM’s internal team was very dedicated to the implementation process,” said Joe Zalewski, Managing Partner and COO at BizTech. “Their determination and focus was the key to the successful implementation. Our team of Darren Farmer, Kurt Carr and Steve Smeiles did a great job supporting the implementation process.”

The functionality of Infor ERP VISUAL manufacturing software will enable RQM to improve their operational efficiency and manage the flow of their business information. Prior to Infor ERP VISUAL, RQM was using both QuickBooks and a separate manufacturing application. The selection team ultimately chose VISUAL because they wanted completely integrated manufacturing and accounting system that was cost effective. Lot Control and Quality Management (VISUAL Quality) were also important factors in their decision.

About Rapid Quality Manufacturing, Inc.
RQM, North America’s first production-focused company for additive metal fabrication parts, began operations in 2007, providing Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for the aerospace, medical and dental industries. DMLS technology is a laser-based process that sinters 20 micron sized metal particles layer by layer, building 3-dimensional parts in a matter of hours and days. RQM’s entire focus and business model is the creation of higher-volume production parts using DMLS and other additive fabrication technologies.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Free Webinar: Maximize your Operational Efficiencies with Infor EPAK

Date: Wed, October 12, 2011
Time: 2:00PM–3:00PM ET

Do you need to roll out Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) to new users? Does training take too long and cost too much? If you had to grade your users, how would they rate? Have your processes changed over time?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then we have a solution for you. During this webinar you will hear about real customer experiences with Infor EPAK (Enterprise Performance Accelerator Kit) and learn how EPAK has helped many organizations solve these business challenges and more.

If you are:
-  Planning an upgrade or implementation—EPAK helps you evaluate functionality and 
   conduct user-acceptance testing, business process reviews, and approvals.

In the middle of an upgrade or implementation—EPAK provides tools for instructor-led 
   and web-based training, as well as usage tracking and user-acceptance training.

Finished with an upgrade or implementation—Use EPAK with your existing systems to  
   deliver job aids, product assistance, simulations, and application coaching.

We’ll also demonstrate how you can:
  • Increase user acceptance and productivity
  • Reduce user transaction errors and promote consistency across your organization
  • Reduce support requests
  • Drive down the cost of compliance with transaction audit trails
  • Lower employee training costs
Don’t miss this session. Reserve your seat now.