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09/03/2019

The Infor XA BRAINSTORMING User Conference!

OCTOBER 16, 2019

REGISTER NOW!  NEW SESSIONS!

 It’s a new type of conference.   Details follow.

 

 

For this conference, we asked ourselves:

  • Do customers want more from a conference than powerpoint slides?
  • Do users want to learn more than just software feature/function? 
  • Would users like to get new ideas, focus on solving problems, and learn what others are doing? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then this conference is for you.  Read below to get more explanation about the conference.  Also, click on the following for details:

REGISTRATION

Conference Schedule

Description of the Conference Sessions

Conference Hotel/Logistics Information PDF

QUESTIONS?  Call MKA at 616-532-5006, x4004 or x4005

 About the “BRAINSTORMING” Conference for XA Users

When we answered the above questions about what customers are looking for, the answer was always “Yes.” Consequently, we decided to change the conference format when possible to make the sessions more interactive—even to have an expert topic leader and a customer with experience do the session together. We hope to generate more interaction in the sessions so that people can share more of what has worked for them (or not).  The sessions also need to reach out to executives, department users, and technical professionals, so the sessions must be geared to address more than I/T issues. Users should be able to join in, share, discover, and learn.

Take, for example, the sessions on Enterprise Financials.  We’ve all seen hundreds of powerpoint slides on the functionality of the product, but what are the REAL ISSUES converting to these?  How is it done?  What does it really take? What type of training is needed? Moreover, the issues for IFM users are very different than for Accounting Management (AM) users.  So, we decided to have separate sessions that are more interactive and tailored to each set of financial users.   

Likewise, many companies run 24/7, so how do you plan for projects and upgrades in this environment?  A customer has offered to share some strategies with users.  Or, what are CUSTOMER perspectives on Power-Link—what do USERS really like and use in Power-Link and what are their tips?  We’ll have a customer help direct that session.  Or, what are unique things that various XA customers are doing to handle both common and unique problems? A session called “What’s Trending with XA Users” hopes to provide a lot of good ideas of exceptional solutions, tools, or processes that XA customers are using.

“XA in the Cloud” is an outstanding offering, but is it for everyone?  Hear two different perspectives from two customers who evaluated cloud options and made different decisions. 

So, the driving force for this conference was for XA customers to discuss various challenges, ideas, and solutions, and leave with some great ideas.   Not every session can be interactive, but where the topic lends itself to this format, we hope to provide more opportunity for you to exchange with others and learn something very useful.  The objective will be to make this the most productive day of the year for you from an XA perspective.

We hope you find the BRAINSTORMING conference more valuable than ever!

About the Venue

The conference will be held at the world-class Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI (GRR).   It now features the spectacular JAPANESE GARDENS and partial completion of a 125 million dollar expansion.  This venue has been rated in the Top 20 must-see museums by Patricia Schultz, author of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die."

 Please see www.meijergardens.org.

Frederik Meijer Gardens

1000 E. Beltline Ave.

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

 

 

 

07/20/2019

The Infor XA “BRAINSTORMING” User Conference!

October 16, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!

 A Completely New Type of XA Conference! 

  • Are you tired of conferences with 2,462 powerpoint slides?
  • Are you bored with presentations that just tell you about features and functions?
  • Would you like to focus on solving problems? And learn what others are doing?
  • Would you like more interaction and “thinking” at a conference?

If  you answered “yes” to any of these,

THEN THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU!

We don’t want to talk at you. You can learn so much more.

Dear XA User:

WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Please tell us what you’d like to learn more about (form link).

The format for this conference will be unique. There will be interactive BRAINSTORMING sessions with an expert topic leader and a customer with experience on the topic. They will lead interactive sessions for executives, department users, and technical professionals.

PURPOSE: Join in. Share. Discover. Learn.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
WHERE: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

QUESTIONS? Send a note to office@mkassoc.com or call 616-532-5006 x4004 or 4005.

Please tell us the topic or topics you’d like to see covered during the conference. 

Use the form here to give us your input. 

Details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

 


Infor  Announces “End of Support” for XA Release 9.1.   Here is the announcement.

 

Hi Infor Customer,

 

On June 30th, 2020, fix support for Infor XA R9.1 is ending. This means new patches, releases and updates will no longer be provided. We are giving this notice now, so you can start to plan your upgrade to XA R9.2, which is fully supported.

Even after issue corrections have ended, product support will continue to be available for the XA R9.1 release. You will still have access to our team of XA support analysts and via the Infor Support Portal, you will have access to all pre-existing R9.1 fixes, the Knowledge Base, and available upgrades to current releases.

If you have not done so already, we recommend you start planning and completing your upgrade to Infor XA 9.2 or above, prior to June 30, 2020 for uninterrupted support.

Highlights of Infor XA 9.2

Enterprise Financials

IDF Enabled Inventory Transaction Processing

Moving from Infor XA 9.1 to Infor XA 9.2
For more information about upgrading to R9.2, please refer to the following:

Knowledge Base KB 2075025

XA Release Notes for R91 to R92

In addition, we invite you to log on to the Infor Support Portal at www.inforxtreme.com to view and download the XA Life Cycle Policy / Fix Policy (Knowledgebase Article 1465430). This document has been updated to reflect this change in support and is a great resource to assist you in planning time and resources for upcoming XA releases. Please consider clicking on the “Sign Up” feature for Knowledgebase Article 1465430 to receive email notifications each time the XA Life Cycle Policy / Fix Policy is updated.

For further information or assistance, please contact Infor Support or your account manager. If you do not know who your account manager is, you can locate this information on Infor Concierge or enter a support request on Infor Support, and Infor Support will provide you with contact information.

Thank you for your business and loyalty. We look forward to our continued relationship and assisting you in moving forward.

 

 

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) and services described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and


06/10/2019

DO REQUISITION APPROVALS FROM YOUR CELL PHONE!

Also, learn how thousands of XA users do electronic requisitions with workflow approvals, rules, levels of dollar authority, and sign-offs!  It’s an AUTOMATED process.

Click on this secure Vimeo channel link for a brief video:

Electronic Requisitions Video (including mobile approvals from a hand-held device)

Click here to register for a personal demonstration

Here’s how a mobile approval works!

Access the requisition to be approved directly from the link sent in e-mail or sign into the website to access all the requisitions assigned to you.  When the requisition is opened, the system detects the type of device being used and formats the information appropriately.  Use the work flow buttons to approve or reject a requisition as well as enter or review approver comments. The system has user based security and there is no direct “exposure” of XA to the outside world.

The Electronic Requisition Approval and Workflow System is an integrated procurement “electronic process” that improves purchasing processes, communication, and visibility throughout the procurement cycle. It is accessible via a web browser. It also handles capital projects.

With tight XA integration via System-Link, the system eliminates re-keying and provides easy visibility to procurement status and costs BEFORE being finalized. Also, track your “spend” to budget. This avoids a “black hole” where costs may be hidden until invoice time or late in a project phase.  Get real-time status and visibility.

With web accessibility, it standardizes, simplifies, and organizes communication between:

  • Requisitioners⇔Buyers
  • Buyers⇔Suppliers
  • Buyers⇔Approvers
  • Purchasing⇔Finance

 

“TOP 10” XA ENHANCEMENT REQUESTS:   WEBINAR DISCUSSION

 Join Ross Freeman of Infor and the XA User Group Board on Wednesday June 12, 2019, at 1:00 PM Eastern to discuss the top ten voting process.  You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Jun 12, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/722695f62b53350bcde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Facts about the ERS Voting Process:

During the month of June, customers will be able to go to the Prioritization View to select their top 10 enhancements per product for products to which they are entitled, and for which they are paying support. Each named licensee gets 10 votes total. Please coordinate within your company to ensure only one person is voting. More than 10 votes per named licensee will invalidate ALL votes. This prioritization period will only be available during the month of June. After June, the voting will be disabled, but the view of the results will remain active.

 


04/12/2019

Input Journal Entries to XA via Excel!
Click Here to Learn How


Upgrade to XA R9.2! Don't forget XA R9.3 is coming!

MKA has helped multiple companies upgrade to XA Release 9.2. There can be several ramifications for making this move, and each customer environment is different depending on your current release level, which set of financial applications you are using, which other applications you are using, and other factors. Call MKA for a survey to determine the time and effort necessary for you to upgrade to XA R9.2. Infor has announced that XA R9.3 may be available a the end of this year, so customers should be at XA R9.2 before moving to Release 9.3.

The process for upgrading to R9.3 will be easiest from R9.2, so it is beneficial to get to R9.2 this year.

Scope-out and schedule the move to R9.2 SOON! Call MKA at 616-532-5006 or call your MKA representative.


F9 News

Infor recently created several enhancements for F9. Watch this space for an update of those enhancements!


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.