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Is Your ERP Healthy?

Developing or maintaining a competitive advantage requires continuous investment in your ERP and users.  You need to effectively modernize your system and processes without disrupting day-to-day operations.  A health check of your ERP to measure your system’s effectiveness is as necessary as regularly servicing your automobile. Why take an ERP health assessment? Why wouldn’t you want to semi-regularly check the data used for decision making.  If your goal is a smooth and regular commute, peace ...
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Quality Management in Manufacturing

Quality Management Made Easier with a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Quality management professionals are concerned about all aspects of production operations that impact quality performance and customer satisfaction.  The processes, tools and procedures all come under the spotlight when failures or deviations occur. Consistency in methods used throughout the manufacturing ...
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Accounting and Material Tracking in Manufacturing

Accurate Data & The Production Floor Accounting professionals require accurate data from all sources throughout the company.  In a manufacturing company, the production floor represents an incredible challenge when it comes to obtaining complete, detailed and accurate information for raw materials inventory, WIP, finished goods. Don't forget time and attendance, ...
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Using PUI to Perfect XA Environments – Part 3

This is the third in a three-part series of articles about Infor XA’s PUI tool.  In the first article, we learned how to set up PUI on the  iSeries.  In the second article, we learned how to run a PUI Analysis.  In this article, we will learn how to review ...
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Using PUI to Perfect XA Environments – Part 2

This is the second in a three-part series of articles about Infor XA’s PUI tool.  In the first article, we learned how to set up PUI on the iSeries.  In this article, we will look at the steps to take to perform a PUI Analysis.     (To view in ...
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Using PUI to Perfect XA Environments – Part 1

This is the first in a three-part series of articles about Infor XA’s PUI tool.  In this article, we will look at the steps necessary to set PUI up on the iSeries.    (To view in PDF format with screen shots & other visuals, click PUI Part 1.)   Product ...
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Customizations & Modifications.

When implementing XA we always suggest a customer start with a vanilla (unmodified) system and “customize” as necessary.  Often our customers confuse our “customize as necessary” statement as a suggestion to “modify” XA.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The reality is semantics.  It’s important to understand the distinction ...
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Import Tariffs, HTS Codes and Your Shop Floor

Import tariffs have been in the news a lot the last couple of years.  Tariffs are fees assessed on imported and exported goods.  The United States government has made a lot of changes to the tariffs assessed on imports this year, especially with steel and aluminum.  Some of the other ...
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Ransomware and the iSeries

Ransomware attacks have been in the news in the last few years, but those of us in the iSeries world have by and large been spared from these attacks directly on the iSeries.  IBM has now seen that the iSeries can be affected by Ransomware.  In this article, I will ...
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Software Benefits Your Shop Floor

Software Benefits your Shop Floor // May 1, 2019 // Manufacturing has gone from the age of manual labor to the age of robots, smart manufacturing and less individual labor for each product. Using software to increase productivity helps to build more products with the same labor and increase profits. With ever ...
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