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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 “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 provided).

 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. 

HOWEVER, please tell us the topic or topics you’d like to see covered during the conference.  USE THE FORM PROVIDED to give us your input. 

October 16.   Join in.  Share. Discover.  Learn.   Details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

 


 Infor is making changes to its java strategy. 

This impacts XA and Power-Link!

 Contact MKA for assistance in making this change.  However, the final timing of delivery has not been determined as of mid-July.  Following is a recent note on the Infor Support Portal about the revised java strategy for Infor XA. 

 Following Oracle’s® introduction of support charges for customers using the latest versions of their Java® (JRE and JDK) platforms, Infor has undertaken a company-wide review of its Java strategy for all products. As a result, Infor plans to standardize on Amazon’s® Corretto® Java platform. This means Infor internal development and support environments are expected to upgrade to and adopt Amazon Corretto in place of Oracle’s platform. The specific technical implications of this should be published shortly as a Knowledgebase article on the Infor Support Portal.

Shortly, we expect to make available upgrades for the affected components to Corretto-based versions, after which, customers will have 90 days to transition to the Amazon platform. At the end of that period, Infor will cease to offer fix support for implementations of our products based on the Oracle Java platform.

 Infor believes this strategy offers customers a strong Java platform for the future and can reduce costs by avoiding Java-related support fees.

The following products will be affected by the change:

IDF Client Applications, R9.2

IDF Client Applications, R9.1

MKA will provide more details, when available.    office@mkassoc.com or 616-532-5006.

 


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.