The Infor XA BRAINSTORMING User Conference!
OCTOBER 16, 2019
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:
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
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 email@example.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,
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
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:
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:
“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:
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.
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.
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.