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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shannon Forsythe Joins BizTech as a Client Solutions Advisor for Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL)

BizTech, an Infor Channel Partner for Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) and provider of information technology solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Shannon Forsythe to its team.  Shannon has joined BizTech as a Client Solutions Advisor to support new sales of Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) to small and mid-size manufacturers in the Midwest.  Shannon has spent more than seven years of her professional career delivering the Infor Software Products and Solutions to small to mid-size manufacturers.

“We are very excited to have Shannon on the BizTech Team,” said Joe Zalewski, Managing Partner and COO at BizTech. “As a former end-user of VISUAL, her manufacturing background gives her a deep understanding of ERP Systems- and that provides a great amount of value to our clients and prospects.”

Shannon resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Prior to joining BizTech, Shannon most recently worked as an Account Executive for Infor Global Solutions.  She also worked for Visual Business Solutions for six years as Business Relationship Manager and Vice President of Sales & Customer Development.  In her new role, Shannon will utilize her broad knowledge of ERP software applications and business solutions that enable manufacturing companies to become more competitive and profitable.

About Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL)
Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL), formerly known as (Infor ERP VISUAL, VISUAL Manufacturing, VISUAL Enterprise and Lilly Software), is a manufacturing-centric enterprise software solution delivering end-to-end functionality, low cost of ownership, and ease of use to more than 5,000 SMB businesses worldwide. VISUAL serves the needs of diverse business models; including engineer-to-order, make-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-stock and assembly-to-order.

Announcing BizTech's 2012 VISUAL User Conference Keynote Speaker Mark Humphlett- Infor’s Director of ERP Industry & Product Marketing

BizTech is pleased to announce that Mark Humphlett, Director of ERP Industry & Product Marketing at Infor Global Solutions, will be the keynote speaker at BizTech’s 2012 VISUAL User Conference, Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL).  

Mark Humphlett brings 20+ years of manufacturing and distribution experience to his Industry and Product Marketing role at Infor.  Mark joined Infor through the acquisition of SSA Global in 2006. Previously, Mark led supply chain solutions marketing and served as a principal business consultant leading presales, solution design, and implementations for several Infor solutions. Mark also spent time as the director of SCM sales and business development for both North America and Europe.  Mark began his career at Southern Alloy of America- a division of Metals USA, and spent three years as an engineer with Lockheed-Martin.

About Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL)
Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) will take place March 18 - 20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois.  For less than the price of one day of consulting, Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) users or potential users will be able to attend educational sessions covering a variety of VISUAL manufacturing, financial and technical topics.  In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow VISUAL users, the entire BizTech VISUAL Team and Infor Representatives. You’ll also be able to see a variety of technical solutions from BizTech partners in the VISUAL Solutions Center.   

Did you know that you can call VMDI Exchange from a command prompt?

That’s right – you can create an import file from your current planning tool, such as Excel, and then call VMDI Exchange using code, even from within the Excel sheet itself.

Update Visual orders, create them, and update forecasts – from within a macro, application, or VBA compatible products like Excel or Word.

VMDI Exchange can accept the normal switches in command line mode as well.

For example, to import a forecast file located at C:\Visual\EDI\ProcessingDir\, and to “Include today in proration”, you would call VMDIExchange like:


This edition of VISUAL Did You Know is brought to you by BizTech VISUAL Consultant Paul Turnberg.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Infor Takes Business On-the-Move with Innovative Mobile Platform

Infor10 Motion™, Including Infor10 Road Warrior™ and ION ActivityDeck™, Provides Faster, Easier and More Consistent Mobile Access to Business Applications

ATLANTA  - Jan 23, 2012

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today unveiled Infor10 Motion, the company's unique, cloud-based mobile platform built on the powerful Infor10 ION integration framework. Infor10 Motion applications provide fast, reliable connections to back office systems regardless of location through smartphones and tablets, such as iPhone and iPad, to accelerate productivity and help users work smarter and faster. Differentiated from complex and convoluted mobile platforms, Infor10 Motion provides a consistent user experience, a loosely coupled architecture, and a simple and easy process for deployment.

Infor has immediately made available two applications, Infor10 Road Warrior, a mobile CRM application with embedded business intelligence, and Infor ION ActivityDeck, which allows users to respond to important tasks, receive real-time alerts, and approve pending requests.

"To keep up with the increasingly mobile world, companies need to empower their workforce with tools to stay informed and take action from anywhere," said Duncan Angove, president, Products and Support, Infor. "Infor10 Motion breaks down the four walls of the office, bringing it to where your customers do business - on the road, at the airport, wherever the opportunity exists. Infor is changing the way our software is used and managed by providing mobile development tools and foundation services that enable our customers to use mobile applications, like Infor10 Road Warrior, across the extended enterprise."

The Infor10 Motion Platform
Infor10 Motion is built with a loosely coupled architecture on the Infor10 ION framework, meaning that Infor10 Motion applications can plug into different back office systems such as ERP, CRM, Expense Management or Supply Chain Management. Unlike the tightly packaged solutions in the market today, which often require customers to buy more products in the hope of extending solutions, Infor10 Motion provides native, rich applications that leverage the data that already exists in enterprise deployments. Security is built into Infor10 Motion to help address the threat of theft and data loss and enable customers to retain control over critical business data.

Infor10 Motion applications leverage the familiar, simple and intuitive ways that users are already accustomed to interacting with their smart devices, allowing them to work and act faster. This includes taking into account differences between devices such as tablets vs. smartphones. Because it is core product independent, Infor10 Motion is able to adopt a consistent user experience across back office applications.

Infor10 Motion applications are further differentiated by being "app aware," which enhances the user experience by detecting when another app on the device could provide additional functionality, including consumer apps that would work in the context of the enterprise. An example of this is Infor10 Road Warrior, which incorporates Skype and FaceTime within a customer's contact record so sales personnel can move seamlessly into consumer collaboration tools with their customers.

Infor10 Motion is cloud-based, which uniquely simplifies the way customers can deploy and adopt the platform. The Infor10 Motion App Manager (IMAM) provides a single location for companies to deploy Infor10 Motion applications quickly within their existing IT infrastructure, unlike other mobile platforms which require an add-on solution to centralize the effort of multiple deployments. Once a company has gained access to IMAM, they are ready to begin using Infor10 Motion applications. IMAM also allows managers to determine which users have access to specific information, and the capability to change those settings at any point.

Infor10 Road Warrior and Infor ION ActivityDeck
Infor10 Road Warrior empowers sales productivity by sending mobile alerts, approvals and tasks, allowing users to make decisions faster, turning what was previously considered down-time into a tool to outpace the competition. This connectivity is coupled with embedded business intelligence to provide an overview of data-heavy screens, helping users make sense of data more rapidly, highlight problems at a glance, and compare current and historical order volume, reducing the amount of time spent searching for information. Additionally, integrating with consumer apps like Skype and FaceTime helps Infor10 Road Warrior users better collaborate and communicate with their customers.

Infor ION ActivityDeck helps solve the critical problems that arise when users are on the road and have no visibility into pressing issues going on in the background. ION ActivityDeck provides users the ability to remain connected to the back office so they are able to respond to important tasks, receive real-time alerts, and approve pending requests, keeping business in motion. Similar in function to Twitter, ION ActivityDeck provides the ability to define filters based on most anything, helping users answer questions and take action before they become issues.

Infor10 Road Warrior and Infor ION ActivityDeck are available for secure installation through the Apple iTunes Store. Additional Infor10 Motion applications are expected this year to serve a variety of critical office functions such as creating orders or quotes, approving expense reports, and reviewing key business metrics from anywhere. 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

OINK VISUAL User Group February Meeting

When: Tuesday February 21, 2012

Time: 9am - 3pm ET

Where: Major Tool & Machine
1458 E 19th St
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Cost: $50 per company- annual fee (if not already paid)


9:00 – 9:45 – Optional tour of Major Tool

10:00 – 10:10 – Group Business
·         Introductions
·         VEGUG
·         Inforum

10:10 – 11:10 Kurt Carr, BizTech
·         Live Demo of VISUAL Scheduler

11:10 – 11:20 – Break

11:20 – 12:20 – Danna Nelson, Infor
·         Visual 7.1 Highlights and Infor Query & Analysis Tool Demo

12:20 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 – Breakout Sessions:
·         IT, Finance, Scheduling, and/or Inventory
o    User issues with Visual
o    Reporting tools & ideas
o    Visual enhancement requests

2:15 – ??? – Group Discussions/Follow-up
·         Breakout session follow-up – report back on all topics/all groups
·         Open discussion

For more information, contact Peter Boers at Peter Boers at

Friday, January 13, 2012

BizTech 2012 Infor ERP VISUAL User Conference

Featured Presenter Danna Nelson, Infor’s Senior Product Manager

BizTech is pleased to announce that Danna Nelson, Senior Product Manager for VISUAL at Infor Global Solutions, will be a featured presenter at BizTech’s 2012 Infor ERP VISUAL User Conference, Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL). Ms. Nelson will present several sessions during the conference.

Danna Nelson is the Senior Product Manager for Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL). She has been in ERP software product management for more than 13 years, having started her career in ERP Systems implementation and training. She spends a large amount of her time traveling to see Infor customers, participating in user group meetings and presenting at VISUAL user conferences to ensure the direction of the VISUAL product is in line with the customers’ needs. 

Ms. Nelson will present the VISUAL Roadmap, which will feature a look into the future of VISUAL, and host a Product Enhancements Roundtable.

About Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL)
Moving Forward with Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) will take place March 18 - 20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. For less than the price of one day of consulting, Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL) users or potential users will be able to attend educational sessions covering a variety of VISUAL manufacturing, financial and technical topics. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow VISUAL users, the entire BizTech VISUAL Team and Infor Representatives. You’ll also be able to see a variety of technical solutions from BizTech partners in the VISUAL Solutions Center.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

BizTech Receives TEC Accreditation

We are pleased to announce our status as a TEC Accredited Provider for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Solutions.  Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is the leading advocate for the enterprise software purchaser.
“I am very proud that BizTech has received TEC Accreditation,” said Joe Zalewski, Managing Partner and COO at BizTech. “TEC is the leader in the ERP Software evaluation industry; it is an honor to be recognized by their organization and a testament to our team and our satisfied clients.” 

To become a TEC Accredited Provider, organizations must send company information, along with proven performance of system deployments and client references to TEC.  The references are then sent a questionnaire, and the information is compiled by TEC analysts into a report which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the service provider’s services. 

View BizTech’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) profile and Accreditation Report on TEC’s website

About TEC’s Accreditation Program
In response to TEC’s software-buying community’s requests to evaluate the quality of services provided by their members, TEC developed its Accreditation Program. TEC Accreditation provides information on local and regional VARs, channel partners, vendors, implementers, and consultants. Each company has responded to TEC’s accreditation criteria and provided the requested feedback from client references.

About TEC
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), the leading advocate for the enterprise software purchaser, helps private- and public-sector organizations choose the best enterprise software solutions for their unique business needs—quickly, impartially, and cost-effectively. TEC delivers an unmatched range of online software evaluation and selection services that minimize the costs, risks, and duration of software selection projects, and bridges the gap between enterprise decision makers and the vendor/value-added reseller (VAR) community.  TEC’s proven approach combines extensive online IT research; a proven software selection methodology; state-of-the-art Web-based software selection technology; and the experience of its analysts and software selection experts.