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The “XA Update and SOLVE PROBLEMS” Conference!

October 8-9, 2018

SAVE THE DATE!

(click the link above for PDF flier on the conference)

 

Reserve October 8-9 for a very special and informative conference for Infor XA users.  There will be new events and sessions at this year’s conference.  Also, arrive on October 7 for ART PRIZE, a world-class event featuring over 1,500 pieces of art displayed around the city of Grand Rapids.  ART PRIZE winners collect $650,000 in prize money!

 Attend this XA User conference to:

  • get the latest XA updates and find new SOLUTIONS for business issues or problems
  • streamline processes and improve your company’s use of systems
  • meet with fellow XA customers, XA experts, and attend a range of sessions

There will be 40 sessions—something for everyone—ALL FOCUSED ON XA solutions, training, techniques, updates, or applications for XA Users.  And there’s more! 

Dear XA Users:

This will be the 26th annual XA Conference focused on helping Infor XA users get more out of their system and find new solutions.  There will be beneficial presentations, ideas, and sessions for streamlining business. XA experts, Infor executives, and solution partners will participate.

The conference will be held at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids (MI). After a productive day on the 8th, enjoy “Social Time Networking” with food and drinks in the Garden Greenhouses.  Also, take a tram tour around the outside of the Gardens!  See the world famous da Vinci Horse sculpture. Wander through the Japanese Gardens. Consider spending time to see more of Art Prize.  Details will be forthcoming.  See mkassoc.com or guidetechnologies.com.

 

 

 

New Option from Infor for “XA in the Cloud” 

Infor has announced “XA in the Cloud” for customers who would like to evaluate licensing XA software “as a service.”  

Infor has created a very attractive option to roll several costs into one attractive annual payment.  You can operate your XA system "in the cloud" and pay for software and hardware as a service.   Infor will combine ALF for XA, IBM iSeries hardware, iSeries operating software, and the management of IBM HW and IBM System SW for a packaged annual fee. You can also have access to new XA software upgrades (or you can stay on your current software configuration). 

 

For more information, please call Brad Blair (616-257-4009) or Tom McDonald (616-257-4005). 

  

IMPORTANT IBM ANNOUNCEMENT for COMPANIES WITH OLDER IBM SYSTEMS!

 

IBM will be “de-commissioning” some older IBM systems.  IBM has announced that for certain older IBM Power 5, 6 and 7 machines, IBM will no longer provide hardware maintenance as of specified future dates.  When IBM stops maintaining hardware systems, it is a sign that these machines are getting very old and should be replaced.  Often for these systems, hardware replacement parts are in short supply, which means IBM can no longer provide the high level of maintenance service they are known for.

 

If you are currently running on any of the following machine types/models, MKA recommends you contact us regarding replacement alternatives.

Machine Type / Model                                 Last Day of IBM Service

9406-520                                                        January 31, 2019

9407-515                                                         January 31, 2019

9407-M15                                                       March 31, 2019          

8203-E4A                                                       March 31, 2019

8202-E4B                                                       September 30, 2019

8202-E4C                                                       September 30, 2019

8205-E6B                                                       September 30, 2019

9406-525                                                        October 31, 2020

9406-550                                                        October 31, 2020

Please contact Brad Blair at (616) 257-4009 to discuss further.