Archive for February, 2012

Implement erp fast and save money and look good -Formpipe Lasernet

February 6th, 2012

Lasernet form FormPipe

Look good, save money and make everyone’s life easier. Really!

Systems cannot ‘go live’ without external facing documents:  Purchase orders, Quotes, invoices,  cheques, delivery notes etc.

‘Out of the box’ reports are seldom adequate without customisation. 

It takes time. Time to explain, to develop, to deploy to a test system, to create test data and transactions, to test layout content and printing, to test distribution and archiving, to rework, to move to live systems, to create variations by site, and by trading partner  and to get approval from marketing and management is a major area of underbudgeted implementation time and cost.

So why not do this outside the systems in tools like Microsoft Word using your own staff, who know how to use that software  and how they want the finished report to look?

Yes it can be done!  Use the same solution instance for all of your companies for almost any software, from anywhere in the world you have connectivity ..

FormPipe Input/Output Management ensures that the document goes in the right format from operational systems to business systems, from web to business systems and from business systems to the web.

Send the document the way you want in the format you want

Improve your branding with modern fonts, colours and consistent look and feeldon’t be constrained by canned report formats.

Rapidly change company logo, address, or registration details or quickly update marketing messages, across all your system documents

Three major areas are addressed:

  • Convert from one data format to another, eg XML to PDF / A
  • Appearance/layout handling, basically the graphical part of a document
  • Distribute in the correct format to the right receiver

FormPipe Input/Output Management manages the organizations many different types of business documents, Print templates, forms, letters, invoices, orders, reports whether an electronic format such as XML, XHTML, EDI, PDF /  or in paper format.

With FormPipe Input/Output Management your organization will be compliant with all requirements of a document’s appearance and data format, regardless of original system format.

Manage information flows in and out of all your business systems, and use with any operating system regardless of what those systems do or what data they produce.

Produce consistent house style and branding across all you application documents . Tailor external documents by trading partner – add their logos, or use a different sort order, or add a page total , or a bar code etc. Format and sort and group outside your erp system using familiar office program template documents. Produce as a pdf a fax or an email or send an sms at the same time while you also save a copy in the associated document management system.

The benefits of the solution are many and our customers use FormPipe Input/Output Management for example:

  • Template Management
  • Form Handling
  • Print Management
  • Process incoming electronic documents
  • PDF rendering
  • Layout management of business documents

In built modules for SAP and Microsoft Dynamics Ax

Save time and cost on erp implementation

Save on time and stationery once operational

When you upgrade your business systems your reports do not need to be redesigned -  remap the print output to the same report templates and save days of reprogramming and testing.


· BOC Edwards

“Through good project management, SAP implementation cost overruns and delays are becoming rarer, however, when they do occur they are generally caused by output programming errors. By using LaserNet we were able to avoid all these issues as well as adding some beneficial document management facilities. Overall LaserNet was a key factor in the success of the SAP implementation overall.” (ERP: SAP)


“We send up to 70,000 invoices a year to our customers, and with FormPipe LaserNet we can convert each and every one of them into an electronic format, so that they can be sent to the recipients by the customers choice of email, fax in addition to XML: all without operator intervention. Just by switching 20% of our invoices to email delivery we saved several thousand euros within a few months and anticipate a significant return on investment within the year.”


“Thanks to our LaserNet system we can now print our business forms on to plain laser stock, eliminating the cost & difficulties associated with pre-printed stationery. Further on, FormPipe LaserNet enables us to distribute documents via email and archive them electronically. We save over 15,000 euro a year on printing, postage & filing costs. With a low starting cost the FormPipe LaserNet solution is an investment that has given us our money back many times over.” (ERP: Dynamics AX)


“There are three good reasons why we chose to implement LaserNet: Firstly, LaserNet is not dependent on a printer, in contrast to our previous form printing system. Next, we can perform the programming and preparation directly in LaserNet which we’d otherwise have to do in our financial management system. It’s a huge benefit to us, saving both time and money. And last but not least we can easily and efficiently reuse the forms we make in LaserNet when we switch from using Concorde XAL to Dynamics AX as an ERP system”. (ERP: Dynamics AX)

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail. NRF Video

February 5th, 2012

Shot at NRF 2010, the retail industry’s primary global retail event, this video features Director of Retail Product Management for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Michael Griffiths talking about some of the benefits retailers can realize with Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail.

We also recommend a look a this video which demonstrate significant  improvements to the Chart of Accounts in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and how the new accounting framework can support detail analysis of sales revenue


SQL 2012 and SSRS

February 4th, 2012

Reporting Services in SQL Server 2012 will support XLSX, DOCX formatsand this removes the 65536 rows limit in XLS files ;)

the 65.536 rows limit in an Excel sheet was removed with Office 2007/2010 with the introduction of new Excel format XLSX.

 SQL Server Reporting Services lacked XLSX file export support in SQL 2008 and ealier versions.

That means you won’t receive the error messages like below.

However think twice before generating an XLSX file with millions of rows. Who will open this Excel sheet with millions of rows in it ?

Even if the answer  “I will reach this XLSX file programatically not directly opening with Excel” rmemebr that Excel files are not intended to be used as a database!

Ax retail – now available in Dubai

February 3rd, 2012

With Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, you can deliver a single, end-to-end retail solution that connects your people, information, and processes.

  • Improve efficiencies with shared data that spans your general ledger, supply chain relationships, and products.
  • Increase margins by standardizing key business processes for pricing, purchasing, and replenishment.
  • Scale quickly to expand into other retail channels, across multiple global sites,  or add new stores
  • Stay in front of demand with self-service business intelligence and reporting tools

The Spring 2012 issue of Speak focuses on Microsoft technology in retail, consumer industries and hospitality. This issue also looks at connected experiences in multi-channel retailing, developments in payments and POS, and the launch of Dynamics AX for Retail 2012.

The current issue of Consumer Goods Technology features a thought leadership article with Michael Griffiths discussing the very timely topic of next generation ERP.

How do retailers build customer loyalty in a world where they have so many choices? Microsoft Dynamics can help!

‘What’s in Store for Retail?’ – Michael Griffiths of Microsoft examines how savvy retailers can leverage their unique brand showcase through their bricks and mortar stores

Dynamics Ax mobility solution in Dubai

February 2nd, 2012


Simplify and automate your inventory transactions and get real item updates. Our solution reduces training time and eliminate data entry errors. Eliminate production delays and wasted time looking for wrongly identified, or misplaced stock. Speed up your annual inventory stock check and month end and year-end close.   

‘Out-of-the-box’ scripts and setep by step user work instructions for most core inventory transactions make deployment rapid.

 Some comments from the field:

  • “Fully integrated in Dynamics unlike other 3rd party middleware.”
  • “Smart architecture and easy customization by ourselves.”
  • “Framework and solutions can be extended to any possible imagination.”
  • “Excellent performance, sophistication and simplicity.”

 If you process a high volume of inventory transactions, if you use batch and serial numbers, if you need rapid update of inventory information for timely processing of orders, and if you need to cut labout costs then bar code, then  RFID  and mobility is probably the right solution.

Distribution -Dubai – Infor SX – feature packed

February 1st, 2012

Infor ERP SX.enterprise is a robust distribution solution covering the distributor’s end-to-end operations.  Infor ERP SX.enterprise empowers distributors to master issues critical to their business.

Easy to implement and use, and distributors see significant bottom-line business results, due to reduced operating costs, improved inventory productivity, enhanced customer satisfaction, and control of the complex distribution environment.

 Infor ERP SX.enterprise customers continually report strong benefits, such as:

  • More than $300K savings in the first six months
  • 2% increase in gross profit
  • 65% reduction in receiving errors
  • 300% improvement in pick efficiency
  • 99.9% inventory accuracy

Contact us for a product brochire or to request  these white papers:

Resource Center

Distribution 2010: Capitalizing on Advanced Inventory Management

Four distribution strategies for extending ERP to boost business performance

Standing up in a Down Economy: Six Strategies for Improving Operations & Profit

Distribution Success Stories: How Distribution Leaders Prepare for Better Days