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How big is your Baan-DB (just Data AND Indexes)
0 - 200 GB
14%
200 - 500 GB
31%
500 - 800 GB
3%
800 - 1200 GB
7%
1200 - 1500 GB
10%
1500 - 2000 GB
14%
> 2000 GB
21%
Total votes: 29

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Jonathan Gross's blog
Infor Broadens Channel Partner Sales Opportunity; Will Go Head-to-Head Against Own VARs
By Jonathan Gross at 28 Aug 2012 - 20:38

Historically, Infor operated a highly restrictive sales channel, limiting its value-added resellers (a.k.a. VARs and channel partners) to sell into companies that generate revenues of no more than $100 million per year. With its August 8th announcement (covered here: Infor Eases Sales Restrictions for Channel Partners), Infor now allows its channel to sell to companies that generate revenues of up to $500 million per year. 

 

The old restrictions made it difficult - in some cases near impossible - for channel partners to generate revenues from the sale of software licenses. Many of Infor's systems are geared to companies that generate revenues far in excess of $100 million annually. For example, Infor10 ERP Enterprise (formerly ERP LN and Baan) is a feature rich, complex system designed for larger mid-sized and large enterprise-sized manufacturers of complex, engineer-to-order (ETO) products. The $100 million cap effectively made the "reseller" title more theoretical than practical for those firms that only resold Infor10 ERP Enterprise (ERP LN).

 


ERP Planning Tip #5: The Importance of Accurate Inventory Data
By Jonathan Gross at 29 Aug 2011 - 21:23

In our previous ERP planning tip, we discussed routings, the final data set-up requirement for making an item. In this tip, I dig deep into another critical data requirement – the need to maintain timely and accurate inventory counts and movements.

 

If inventory counts and movements aren’t accurately reflected in the planning engine, MRP will issue inaccurate recommendations. This might mean that replenishment order recommendations are issued to soon – which could lead to unnecessary increases in operating costs and constraints to cash flow. It might also mean that replenishment order recommendations are issued too late – which could create customer churn caused by avoidable order delays. Finally, it might mean that replenishment order recommendations are made for the wrong items or quantities – which could result in unnecessary orders of depreciating inventory.

 

The key, therefore, is to ensure that the planning engine issues planning recommendations for the correct items and quantities at the appropriate times. To issue just-in-time, time phased replenishment orders, the planning engine requires five basic data elements:


Infor ERP LN and Baan Planning Tip #4: Routings - The Final Data Requirement
By Jonathan Gross at 27 Jul 2011 - 21:56

In our previous ERP planning tip, we discussed the bill of materials (BOM), which discussion answered the following questions: which and how many components are needed to produce an item. This tip deals with routings, the final data set-up requirement. <--break->

Routings

Routings are the – manufacturing methods – the sequence of steps and related times that are needed to make an item. Production routings specify the ordered list of tasks used to manufacture a product. In addition to the standard routing, a product might have alternate routings (the selection of which depends on the situation). When a production work order is created to manufacture the product, one of the possible routings is chosen.

A typical routing is represented by a series of operation steps. Each step contains a task, various times related to the task (and other parameters), as well as the next operation step in the sequence.

For example:

Routing Table


ERP Planning Tip #3: Drive Planning Efficiency with Accurate Production Bill-of-Materials
By Jonathan Gross at 5 Jul 2011 - 20:40

In this series of bi-weekly tips, we break down the secrets to effective replenishment planning and shop scheduling. Pemeco Consulting is a leading vendor-agnostic provider of Supply Chain and ERP services to companies running Infor LN and Baan ERP systems. Learn about our niche speciality Infor LN and Baan ERP services and our Planning Dashboard for ERP LN and Baan.

 

In our previous ERP planning tip, we covered time and quantity order-based modifiers to back-schedule supply requirements from demand. This previous tip dealt with the “when” and “how much” questions of planning. In this week’s tip, we cover the “what” questions of planning, which is represented by the bill of materials, or BOM (there is also an element of “how much” in BOMs).


Infor ERP LN and Baan Planning Tip #2: Get Quantity and Lead Time Right
By Jonathan Gross at 8 Jun 2011 - 15:58

In this series of bi-weekly tips, we break down the secrets to effective replenishment planning and shop scheduling. Pemeco Consulting is a leading vendor-agnostic provider of Supply Chain and ERP services to companies running Infor LN and Baan ERP systems. Learn about our niche speciality Infor LN and Baan ERP services and our Planning Dashboard for ERP LN and Baan.

 

In our previous ERP planning tip, we discussed the importance of feeding an MRP system - or a planning engine - accurate and timely data. In this tip, we start to dig a bit deeper into the types of data that a planning engine needs to make meaningful recommendations.

 

Though obvious to many, it’s important to mention that a planning engine generates supply recommendations relating to both existing orders and new orders.

 


ERP Buyer's Corner: Thinking of Upgrading to ERP LN or Expanding the Search? Some Food for Thought
By Jonathan Gross at 31 May 2011 - 14:16

Many companies running Infor Baan ERP software are reaching a crucial juncture. Do they upgrade to Infor's ERP LN software, stick with their current software or expand the search to include other vendors.

When to Consider Expanding the Search Beyond ERP LN

In general, companies running Baan IV ERP software should consider expanding their search to include vendors in addition to Infor. Why? Because LN represents wholesale changes in technology, user interface and functionality. Implementation and training will probably be more akin to a new implementation than a version upgrade.

 

Companies in this position are - for all intents and purposes - evaluating a different product in ERP LN. Given the differences, there is no certainty that LN will be the right fit. And, even if LN is good enough, another system might prove to be an even better fit.

 


Infor LN and Baan Planning Tip #1: Feed the Planning Engine Accurate and Timely Data
By Jonathan Gross at 27 May 2011 - 17:15

The credit crunch and recovery have exposed manufacturers to volatile demand. The earthquake in Japan has exposed manufacturers to volatile supply. The key to effective management of supply and demand lies in a manufacturer's planning activities.

 

In this series of bi-weekly tips, we break down the secrets to effective replenishment planning and shop scheduling. Pemeco Consulting is a leading vendor-agnostic provider of Supply Chain and ERP services to companies running Infor LN and Baan ERP systems. Learn about our niche speciality Infor LN and Baan ERP services and our Planning Dashboard for ERP LN and Baan.

 

A planning engine is a lot like a high-performance athlete. It can only perform if it’s well-trained, in shape and well-prepared. Like an athlete, if it’s only fed a steady diet of junk food, it’s simply not going to perform optimally.

 


ERP M&A: Do Infor Users Win or Lose? It Depends
By Jonathan Gross at 28 Apr 2011 - 16:03

In my February article, ERP Buyer’s Corner: Making 2011 the Year of Success, I predicted that “some of the bigger ERP vendors [would] go acquisition hunting to quickly fill strategic gaps in their product repertoires.” This prediction has come true in spades.

 

A few days ago, GC Software Holdings, Inc. – an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital and Infor – agreed to acquire Lawson, another Tier II ERP vendor for about $2 billion (U.S.). The intention is to integrate the Lawson ERP suite (M3 and S3) into Infor's software suite. This acquisition follows Infor's recent integration of SunSystems, financial management software.

 

This recent M&A activity is likely to have both positive and negative effects on Infor's ERP LN and Baan users.

 

In terms of the positive – and assuming that Infor/GC Software can successfully pull off the integration – Infor's ERP LN and Baan users could achieve the following benefits:



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