Within the default Epicor 9 MES module, it can be a very tedious process to select the serial numbers. Only a single reason codes can be selected for all non-conforming serial numbers and there is no way to tell it multiple reason codes. There is also a redundancy in the entering of quantities - you enter the quantities on the end activity screen but need to select the complete versus non-conforming serial numbers individually on the serial numbers screen.
This past week we have begun to add a variety of new bolt-ons, add-ons and extensions to our website that are designed to work with Infor VISUAL Enterprise/Manufacturing ERP and Epicor 9 / Vantage ERP. Many are new enough that details and screenshots are not yet available so please contact us if you are interested in learning more.
Have you ever wondered when material requirements planning functionality was added to ERP systems? How about MRP? Or even when the year 2000 was first perceived to be a potential problem for ERP systems. Software Advice recently created a timeline covering the history of manufacturing and ERP software. It includes 17 key events that have shaped the ERP software industry over the last 50 years. It's a quick way to understand the context of current enterprise software events.
To complete the timeline, they are asking industry experts to share their ideas. They'd like to fill in the gaps and add another 15+ dates/events to the timeline. If you have any ideas or suggestions, email Houston Neal (email@example.com).
One of the needs that we consistently run into when working with customers running Epicor Vantage is the need for a better way to print labels. Epicor Vantage currently lacks an integrated label printing solution that supports varying formats depending on data, label serialization, and reprint functionality. For applications where a customer or part specific label is required, we found that it often required a fair amount of manual effort to generate the correct labels.
For anyone wanting to write Crystal Reports or any other business intelligence against Infor VISUAL Manufacturing, understanding the DEMAND_SUPPLY_LINK table is crucial but often overlooked table. Conceptually it is easy to understand but digging into it deeper can provide even further insight and analysis into your fulfillment information.
Several months ago we released a version of Logicity Professional with a new feature that will be especially useful to consulting companies who want to sell and develop Crystal Reports for clients but want to ensure that their intellectual property is not stolen or changed. The encrypted reports feature of Logicity Professional allows you to take your Crystal Reports files and encrypt them so that they can only be viewed in Logicity, but not edited within Crystal Reports. Use this feature to protect your intellectual property as a developer or to prevent modification to reports by end users.
As technology becomes more and more critical to business success the need for more timely data continues to increase. Once it was okay to get analysis for decisions from yesterday's data but now it is becoming critical to have access to on-demand data to further decrease the delay between the data and the decision.
One problem that we run into frequently is customers wanting Crystal Reports off of point-in-time data. What I mean by point-in-time data is something like a part inventory value, it regularly changes as transactions are made but the analysis you want to do is at based on the inventory value at some specific time.
Providing technical sales for business intelligence, often times I get asked where a company should start. It is easy to go in, start reviewing processes and coming up with recommendations, and quickly getting overwhelmed by the information requirements that any organization has.