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Leaders, Do You Know How to High Five?

Leaders, as we look back at 2013, we remind ourselves that it is apropos to review ourselves, praise our teams, and celebrate some wins.  Amongst our teams, we have observed uncertainty.  Folks are asking, “How much gaiety is required?” and “What is the appropriate mode of celebration?”

Some wins call for raucous cheers. Others call for a quiet “yes!”  Our purpose today, however, is not to prescribe appropriate celebrations by context.  Instead, we share a lesson we learned at the Leadercast — namely, that the high five is a universal tool, the lineman’s pliers of celebration.  A high five always works.  It is always powerful.  Moreover, the high five is most powerful in its simplest form.  Like a pair of lineman’s pliers, it does not need our improvements.

Today, we present a brief instructional video by Leadercast host Tripp Crosby, reminding us to use high fives appropriately.  Remember, they do not cost anything, so hand out a few today.

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

Leadercast Oshkosh 2014 / May 9, 2014 / Friday, 8:00 am

Epicor – Let’s Dump a File

How have we at Deft Flux made life easier by implementing elegant solutions to real business requirements?  Herewith, we present two examples.

Company A needs to produce an XML file for the Job Order Interface of its Trumpf Inventory Manager Machine.  Company A also needs to produce a tab-delimited advanced ship notice (ASN) for upload to a customer’s system.  Both of these cases are interesting because they cannot be solved with a Business Activity Query (BAQ) or simple Business Process Management (BPM) Method Directive.  Although a BAQ can be exported, the XML is not in the right format for the Trumpf machine.  A simple BPM cannot handle file output, let alone tab delimited.  How do we proceed? 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

Crew Punching in Epicor – Stage 2

Last time, we discussed a method whereby we could report on the efficiency of a crew by using indirect labor codes, and comparing the total labor on a production line to the total estimated labor for jobs produced on that line.

As we mentioned, we are unable to get a precise breakdown of labor hours by job, but we can get a fair estimate by using the weighted allocation that Epicor uses.  When an employee clocks directly onto multiple operations at once, Epicor will allocate hours to each operation based on the weight of that operation’s estimated hours.  Let us make up an example: Continue reading

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