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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Did you know that you can modify the personal menu in VISUAL by adding new groups to create a daily reminder and to-do list?

A good idea is to add new groups for each day of the week. You can then add the programs that you need to run each day. The personal menu then becomes a daily reminder and to-do list.
  1. From the MAIN MENU, select FILE and then PERSONAL MENU.
  2. Right click anywhere in the Personal Menu and select CUSTOMIZE
  3. Select ADD NEW GROUP, then enter a Group Caption and select an Icon of your choice. The new Group will be added to the Personal Menu.
  4. Highlight the new Group Name and select BROWSE AND ADD. A browse window will appear and you can select the program or report (and Icon) you wish to add to the group
  5. Next, a window will appear asking for the Caption or description of your new item
  6. Enter the caption
Presto! Your new Personal Menu Item will now be available in all of your personal menus in VISUAL.

This VISUAL Did You Know? Tip was brought to you by Bill Price, VISUAL Sales Representative at BizTech.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Infor to Open Headquarters in New York City

Recent Growth to Fuel Hiring of Software Engineers and Designers for 'Silicon Alley' Innovation Center

Atlanta - Nov 21, 2011
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that it will relocate its headquarters to New York City in the summer of 2012. Located in "Silicon Alley," known for its high concentration of Internet and technology companies, Infor's new headquarters will feature an Innovation Center, where Infor will house newly-hired software engineers and graphic designers.
"Infor's commitment to move its headquarters to New York is another sign that international, high tech companies see this state as the place to be," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "I have repeatedly said that our number one mission is getting people back to work. This deal is an example of how we are working tirelessly to make sure companies know that New York is open for business."
Infor expects to have one of the largest software engineering teams in New York City and access the rich pool of technical talent in the region. The planned technology campus the City of New York is building in conjunction with major universities was also an attraction for the company, along with the city's accessibility for Infor customers from around the world.
"Infor's relocation of its headquarters to New York City is another vote of confidence in our booming tech sector," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "This growth in the tech industry demands a large, dedicated work force, and that's why our Applied Sciences initiative to build a new engineering school here is so important. It's just one of the ways we are supporting the tech sector so that companies like Infor can grow and create jobs in New York City."
"2011 has been a strong year for Infor, with three consecutive quarters of year-over-year double-digit growth that have fueled our decision to accelerate investment in product innovation by coming to New York's Silicon Alley," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. "This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to hire and house developers and graphic designers to enhance the user experience and integrate social applications into the workplace, further advancing the speed of business for our customers. We also plan to build a customer center that showcases these innovations in an environment as compelling as the technology itself."
Infor's new headquarters will be located at 641 Avenue of the Americas, and will feature an open, loft-style design. The layout will fuel product innovation by providing an environment conducive to collaboration and transparency, with no traditional executive corner offices.
Infor's current headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga. will continue to operate as its main shared services center, housing critical functions such as finance, human resources and tax.
Cushman & Wakefield represented Infor in the deal.
About InforInfor is a leading provider of business software and services, helping more than 70,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth. To learn more about Infor, please visit

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Free Webinar: Infor10 Query & Analysis for VISUAL

Answer critical business questions with dynamic, flexible reporting


Webinar: Infor10 Query & Analysis for Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) customers
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011
Time: 2:00 - 3:00PM ET

Wouldn’t it be nice to have dynamic and accurate reports at your fingertips? Infor10 Query & Analysis is a multi-language, multi-currency reporting tool that is powerful, flexible, secure, and easy to use. The solution’s integration with Microsoft® Excel enables quick user adoption with minimal training and technical skills. Using familiar desktop applications, users can quickly and efficiently create reports that highlight trends, patterns, and exceptions. And since minimal IT support and involvement are required, maintenance is easy.

During this webinar we’ll show you how the Query & Analysis solution helps your company generate a fast return on your investment with the ability to:

  • Get users up and running very quickly with minimal IT involvement.
  • Provide answers to critical business questions on demand.
  • Display a better understanding of trends, patterns, and exceptions affecting your business.
Discover how your organization can benefit from this exciting new solution.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ERP Myth or Reality?

An ERP system will do anything and everything I need it to do.

This is a myth! If properly implemented, operated and maintained, most modern ERP packages are so powerful and sophisticated that they can do endless tasks; however, they do vary in the levels of complexity they can handle, and most can only handle certain functionality to varying degrees of success.

While an ERP system makes the lives of its users much easier by automating tasks, it still needs people to operate, use and maintain it. The system can only deliver the promised benefits if the employees are trained to use it, if the managers actually use the decision-making capabilities of the system and if the system is properly maintained.

While looking for the perfect ERP software package, thinking that an ERP system will take care of everything is a recipe for disaster. Therefore, when looking for a package you should make sure to define your desired business processes so that you can see the ERP package in the context of your organization’s workflows. You should see the software perform your business processes, so that you can really evaluate whether or not the package will handle the intricacies of your business.

Read the white paper How to Start Down the ERP Selection Path: Seven rules to follow before you even start looking for a vendor

Posted by Joe Zalewski, BizTech's Managing Partner & COO

Friday, November 4, 2011

OINK VISUAL User Group Meeting

OINK (Ohio-Indiana-Northern Kentucky) VISUAL User Group Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 9am - 3pm EDT

Where: Cincinnati Sub Zero, Inc.
            12011 Mosteller Rd
             Cincinnati, OH 45241

Cost: In the past, OINK has charged each company an annual fee of $50 to be a ‘member.’  If your company has paid OINK (Steve Denkers) in the past year, the meeting will be free.  Otherwise, the meeting will be $50 per company.

Meeting Agenda
· 9:00 – 9:45 – Optional tour of Cincinnati Sub-Zero
· 10:00 – 10:10 – Group Business
· 10:10 – 11:10 – Costing Utilities – explanation and Q&A – Jim Kistner - BizTech
· 11:10 – 11:20 – Break
· 11:20 – 12:20 – BI Tools/Demo – Keith Crane & Matt Holbrook – Saberlogic (EDI demo from Mike Zaleski if time permits)
· 12:20 – 1:15 – Lunch – sponsored by Saberlogic
· 1:15 – 2:15 – Breakout Sessions:
      IT, Finance, Scheduling, and/or Inventory
      User issues with Visual
      Reporting tools & ideas
      Visual enhancement requests
· 2:15 – ??? – Group Discussions/Follow-up
      Breakout session follow-up – report back on all topics/all groups
      Open discussion.
Contact Peter Boers at for additional information.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Free Webinar: Extend your ERP with Infor10 PLM Discrete

Webinar: Track, manage, monitor, and analyze products throughout the entire product lifecycle
Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2011
Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM ET

Wouldn’t it be nice to get timely and transparent access to the most important product information so you can make more informed decisions quickly; shorten the change and approval cycle times; minimize scrap and rework; and collaborate more efficiently across the enterprise?

During this webinar we’ll show you how to maximize your Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) investment. You’ll learn how to take advantage of:

True CAD neutrality that is fully integrated with the PLM—Work within your CAD application and send BOMs, product structures, engineering change orders, business processes and workflows inside of PLM all from your CAD system. Be able to take advantage of true CAD neutrality with CAD integrations to all major MCAD and ECAD systems and have all of them incorporated in a single product structure.

Robust PLM functionality—Manage items, bills of material, documents, engineering change processes all within the PLM system. Manage all design and engineering change with robust and easy to use functionality that allows you to develop high quality products.

Revision control—Ensure that you are designing and manufacturing to correct revision level of parts or documents by taking full advantage of Infor PLM’s advanced revision control capabilities. Get the design right the first time without having to go back and re-design and not know what the current revision level is for an item or part. Manage the lifecycle of a part or an item throughout its revision history.

Reserve your seat today