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Leaders – Get Ready for Seth Godin!

Leaders, why do you work to stand out from the crowd?  Why do you care about doing the right thing in the right way?  You know that your actions, attitudes, and encouragement help those around you succeed.  You also know that from time to time, you need that same encouragement from other leaders whose attitude is the same as yours.

We believe the best one-day event in Oshkosh where you can find that encouragement is that Leadercast 2015.  This year, we get to hear from Payton Manning and Rudy Giuliani, and we are particularly excited to hear from Seth Godin, whose thoughts on marketing are sure to be pithy and refreshing.

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta to over 100,000 leaders around the globe, sponsored at Oshkosh by Deft Flux.  Find a way to get there.  Get your tickets now.

 

Leadercast Oshkosh: Get Your Tickets Now

Leaders, with Leadercast Oshkosh only three weeks away, you need to get the date on your calendar right now (seriously, open your calendar right now and block out May 9) and then go over to http://leadercast.com/location/oshkosh/ and purchase your tickets (I am still serious; stop reading this right now, go buy your tickets, and then come back and finish reading).

O.k., now that you have purchased your tickets, how about a few reasons to get stoked about Leadercast? Continue reading

Ask Deft Flux: How Do I Export an Epicor Report Data Definition?

In the world of Epicor, most customer modifications (Dashboards, BAQs, Customizations, etc.) can be individually exported to a file and thus imported one at a time.  This is a convenient way to make a quick modification and move it from Pilot or Test up to Live.  Not all modifications are created equal, however.  A Dashboard cannot be imported to update an existing Dashboard with the same name.  The dashboard must be renamed.  Report Data Definitions cannot be directly exported at all.

“So,” you ask, “How can I export a Report Data Definition?”  Continue reading

Epicor – Why BPMs?

At Deft Flux, we are curing business information headaches, and we are doing it because we care.  Here is an example.

Epicor has several different paths whereby one may create a customization.  So far, we have found the Business Process Management (BPM) method directive to be the most useful.  Why? Continue reading

The Recursive Log – A Rare Bird

We have yet another JDEdwards Enterprise One curiosity.  This one is a rare manifestation of the remarkable recursive log.

Log: Check the logs.

Log: Check the logs.

Leaders – Get Ready for Simon Sinek!

Leaders, why should you build your leadership muscles?  You care about your work.  You care about your team.  You long for your team to win.  We believe that Leadercast 2014 is one of the best one-day workouts your leadership muscles can get.

In anticipation, we have watched the Leadercast folks spend the better part of this month trickling out speaker announcements for 2014.  We are especially excited about Simon Sinek and Laura Bush.  If you haven’t heard Simon speak yet, he is the author of Start with Why, and you can do a few leadership pushups today by watching this TED talk — How great leaders inspire action.

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta to over 100,000 leaders around the globe, sponsored at Oshkosh by Deft Flux.  Find a way to get there.

 

Epicor: Simple Custom Data Validation

As we have stated previously, Epicor has provided customers with a simple method for building business rules into the ERP workflow without the usual upgrade headaches that go along with customizations.  They call it Business Process Management (BPM).  BPM comes in two flavors, Method Directives and Data Directives. Data Directives are fired by updates to a table.  Method Directives are called before, during, or after a Business Object Method executes.  Today we want to demonstrate how to perform a common validation using a BPM Method Directive.

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“We Need More Traveler Notes”

Deft Flux is jump-starting the movement to return to elegant information design.  You are saying to yourself, How?  So, here we have an example.

Recently, an Epicor client asked us whether, on his traveler, it would be possible to print the color of the part being produced.  We responded with the standard questions:  What is the real reason for the change? Since the raw materials are already listed, is it worth the effort?  Is it even possible?  Continue reading

Leadercast Memories

Are you a corporate seal?  Lately posted to YouTube, here’s to you, and the next Leadercast!

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta to over 100,000 leaders around the globe, sponsored at Oshkosh by Deft Flux.

Cakes, Doughnuts, and EnterpriseOne

I know a baker who is technologically astute.  He runs his bakery on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP software, because EnterpriseOne features Advanced Pricing, which can handle sweet discounts on doughnuts and tiered pricing on cakes.

Using the EnterpriseOne manual, my friend the baker has figured out how to properly set up his pricing hierarchies and schedules.  He has also figured out how to price a baker’s dozen of doughnuts. He simply sets up a list price and a discount pricing adjustment with Basis Code “5” (add on amount), Factor Value Unit of Measure “BDZ” (13 EA [each] == 1 BDZ [baker’s dozen]), and Price Partials = “0” (no).  The discount is equal to the price of one doughnut, so that each time someone orders thirteen doughnuts, he receives the discount and pays only for twelve.  Similarly, if he orders 26 doughnuts, the thirteenth and twenty-sixth are free.  The price partials flag makes order entry simple because EnterpriseOne is smart enough to know that the customer gets the discount only after reaching the whole baker’s dozen.

Now, my friend the baker has a challenge.  Continue reading

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