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‘Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)’ is a common IT term that refers to the software being outdated or lacking modern support/features. These legacy ERPs can sometimes be viewed in a negative light, with distributors attempting to avoid using a legacy ERP at all costs. But the truth is, that a distributor’s operations often depend on these tried-and-true legacy ERP systems. If you’re currently on a legacy ERP and not sure if you should stay where you are or consider migrating to a next-gen modern ERP solution – you’re going to want to read on.

Enhancement Options for Your Legacy ERP System

You’ve invested a lot into your current legacy ERP over the years and it may be lacking some of the functionality you want as you look to the future of your business. But here are some points to consider if you are contemplating a new ERP. These options give you access to additional functionality for your legacy ERP at a fraction of the cost of purchasing, implementing, and educating employees on a next-gen solution.

Are you thinking about extending the capabilities inside your legacy ERP but not sure where to start? Consider Aktion Associates’ three-step process to begin digital transformation inside your legacy ERP environment.

Legacy ERP Digital Transformation

  1. Assess
  2. Identify
  3. Execute

How to Identify When to Consider a New Next-Gen ERP

There may come a time when your current legacy ERP system no longer fits your unique business needs. We’ve compiled a list of the most common reasons to consider a new next-gen ERP.

If you’re considering a modern next-gen ERP system, we’d recommend that you look at Infor CloudSuite Distribution (CSD). Infor CSD is a cloud-based, industry-specific ERP solution built to meet the needs of modern, growth-oriented distributors. We’ve compiled a library of short videos that show the features and functionality you’ll experience inside the platform.

At the end of the day, the decision to keep your existing legacy ERP or move to a new next-gen ERP is up to you. There isn’t a magic eight ball you can shake that’s going to give you the right answer. But after reading this blog you’re armed with the knowledge to make a more educated decision on whether you should stay on your legacy ERP or go to a next-gen ERP.

Your sales team is always on the go working to close as many deals as possible. However, while on the go they may not have access to important information that could make the difference in closing some of their biggest deals.

Give your sales team a clear view of every touchpoint across an organization with Infor Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Join Aktion’s Scott Smallbeck for a half-hour live webinar as he dives into how you can better enable your mobile sales team inside of an Infor native CRM platform.

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Infor A+ Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) also known as A+ WEB creates graphical interpretations of user interfaces allowing users to access their data in a modern web-like format. The GUI environment functions as a point-and-click Windows application with the ability to use dropdown menus, radio buttons, and easily export data into Excel documents.

Exporting in A+ GUI/WEB
By clicking the “Export” button from any of the screen options below you can quickly export the on-screen data to a .csv file.
The pages with “Export” buttons are:

There is also an “Export/Graph” button created in Sales Analysis to allow you to export your data to a .csv file and create a graph quickly in Excel.

Example of exported data:

Once in Excel, use F11 to create the graph:

Contact us to get more information on A+ GUI/WEB or have your questions answered on how to set up the export features.

Can you trust Infor FACTS to tell you when it’s time to replenish products in your warehouses? Of course, you can. If you don’t trust FACTS to guide warehouse product replenishment, it’s time to review your data parameters and Order Point (OP) adjusters.

Understanding your FACTS data is key to optimizing the product replenishment process. As a former FACTS user and application consultant I want to focus on how OP for FACTS v7.8+ can hone your product replenishment process.

What Affects Order Points?

Order Points are affected by usage, lead time, and safety stock. When issues occur with calculated replenishment values it helps to understand the relationship between these variables to determine how to best address and remedy the situation.

Ask Yourself the Following:

Check your replenishment parameters for lead time and safety stock. Prolonged supply chain lead times have caused it to be difficult to secure products than ever before.

As a reminder, lead time (LT) impacts your safety stock. If you review your safety stock and think FACTS is not calculating accurately, review your parameters on safety stock. There are parameters for minimum and maximum on safety stock.

Types of Item Order Points for FACTS:

Calculated OP is required and is generally the only type needed for most items. The other OPs listed above are optional and are not intended to be used globally. If you choose to use any other type of OPs than Calculated OP, FACTS will default to the highest value OP.

What if you have several customers that order small quantities of a product and one customer that orders many units at a time?

You want to be sure you have enough product on the floor in the event this customer places an order. To achieve this, FACTS has Average Shipment Quantity (ASQ) OP and Five-high Order Point. ASQ works well if there are few shipments with large quantities. Five-high ASQ is helpful in cases where you have a few customers who buy in large quantities and many who buy in smaller quantities.

Threshold Minimum vs Freezing Order Points

Setting a Threshold Minimum (T-Min) OP can be useful when you don’t want stock levels to drop below a specific point. Whereas Freezing OP waits until it gets to the assigned replenishment value. The advantage of T-Min vs Freezing OPs is if you have your T-Min set at a minimum value and FACTS calculates your OP higher than the set minimum, FACTS defaults to the higher value.

After reading this I hope that you’ve found more insight into optimizing your warehouse product replenishment process. Feel free to reach out and contact us if you need any help reviewing your data, replenishment parameters, and OP adjusters to get the most out of FACTS replenishment data.

A+ users are often looking for solutions that can give them additional functionality. Some of these solutions are from Infor, but more often lately they have been from third-parties.

To gain more insight into what third-party solutions A+ users are implementing Aktion Associates, in conjunction with TUG (TheUserGroup.org) developed and executed a survey polling many A+ customers.

Join Aktion’s A+ Practice Manager, Phil Maehr as he reviews and discusses the survey’s findings.

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Wholesale distributors know that to beat the competition they need a competitive edge to increase sales and productivity. This edge can be achieved by simply having happy customers. Making the creation and retention of happy customers is the most valuable asset a successful distributor can have.

Learn how to streamline customer satisfaction with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. CRM software like Infor CRM can easily integrate into your Infor A+, FACTS, or CloudSuite Distribution (SX.e) solution to optimize interactions with both current and potential customers alike.

This webinar will show how a CRM can help you:

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Note: Membership in TUG is not necessary to attend.