Saudi Bugshan Barmaja Co. Ltd Partners with Infor for Success

Infor has recently partnered with one of Saudi Arabia’s major diversified business group, Saudi Bugshan Barmaja Co. Ltd as they digitally transform businesses in their home market and overseas. With the help of Infor’s diverse suite of IT solutions, namely Infor LN, Saudi Bugshan is hoping to provide a single integrated digital platform. Saudi Bugshan aims to digitally transform and automate key business functions including human capital management, customer relationship management, finance, procurement, warehouse and supply chain management. The company was formed in the 19s0s as a textile business in Makkah and has since diversifed into consumer brands with 30 businesses spread across 10 countries and 3 continents. Saudi Bugshan is involved in diverse sectors including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, healthcare, education and real estate.


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5 Ways Technology Is Revolutionizing Home Healthcare

Technology changes isn’t just about the fanciest phone that can do just about anything, but also about how we live easier lives – especially in home healthcare. Ernest Hamilton from Tech Times found new data from a variety of sensors can help detect a variety of conditions before they become severe. Hamilton lists 5 useful home healthcare technologies below.
  1. Remote Monitoring Tools – Devices like fitness trackers can monitor pulse, blood oxygen levels, sleep, diet, glucose and blood pressure with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Nurses, doctors, and other family members can keep a close eye on health with these stats.
  2. Telehealth – Telehealth can allow doctors to see patients who are sensitive to travel. Doctors can monitor their patients from home with connected fitness tracking devices. Video conferences using an iPhone or iOS allows doctors to see many more patients per day than in-house visits, especially if it is about simple (non-urgent care level) inquiries.
  3. Aging in Place – Aging in place means a person plans to live out their golden years in their current home. Mobility and movement challenges become challenges to be solved. Home Lift Experts can help by providing a custom quote on a home lift. Home lifts are a popular fix for multi-story homes where stairs are a problem. These lifts allow seniors to retain their independence and full use of their home.
  4. GPS Tracking – GPS tracking devices allow the person to call for help and immediately report falls to healthcare workers. Some devices include access to an emergency health services line for rapid dispatches.
  5. Dietary and Nutrition Support – Meal delivery services like Home Chef and Blue Apron are ideal for those with dietary restrictions. They ship ingredients directly to a home with a full list of any allergens. You can even list allergens and foods to avoid, so the automatic meal planner doesn’t select meals with those ingredients.

Landmark Security Access

To maintain Landmark Security (classes and roles), in the Gen environment in Rich Client, go to Start > Configure > Security.  If you don’t see the Security or Configure, you will need to have your Security Administrator give you access to it.  The Infor delivered role for this is “ConfigConsoleSecurityadmin_ST”.  Have that role added to your account and wait about 30 minutes for the sync to complete.

Infor Integrates Amazon Business

Infor has announced its integration of Amazon Business. This marriage between two tech giants allows Infor to deliver integration and consulting solutions that help joint customers throughout their procurement journey. The Infor® CloudSuite Supply Management Procurement Punchout provides customers access to Amazon Business to leverage processes and workflows of Infor CloudSuite Supply Management and the power and usability of the Requisition Self Service system. Infor Healthcare customers now have access to Amazon Business, so they can drive spend management with thousands of suppliers in one easy-to-use location. From their press release, “within Infor Procurement Punchout, Amazon Business is represented by an icon on the Infor Requisition Center home page. When a user clicks on the Amazon icon (called “punching out”), the Amazon Business catalog appears in a separate browser session. From the Amazon Business catalog, Infor Requisition Center users can choose items and return them to the Infor Requisition Center application. This allows Infor customers the freedom of having large catalogs of supplies to choose from without the requirement of maintaining those items in the item master, which is time consuming to maintain and keep current and clean.”


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South Western Railway Keeps Track of Rolling Stock with Infor

UK’s leading transport operator South Western Railway, part of FirstGroup-MTR, has selected Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) as part of a project designed to consolidate and modernize maintenance processes at the train company, and support compliance with ISO 55001. Maintenance is crucial to the smooth running of South Western Railway’s services as the company operates more than 1,800 services to over 200 stations daily across South and South West England. Adam Carter, head of continuous improvement at South Western Railway, says of the system, “Infor EAM will allow us to view everything in one place, driving greater efficiency and the agility to react and rectify defects quickly.” The process will be led by Infor Sapphire Systems and the implementation will go live for an expected 200 users.


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What Is A Workflow, And Why Do You Need It?

The terms “productivity” and “workflow” are synonymous in the workplace. Having to-do lists, checking off each tasks and maximizing your time is the key to a successful work environment. In order to be this productive at your job, many people often set up workflows. What is a workflow? Lauren Moon at Trello explains it like this, “A workflow is…’the sequence of processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.’ To put it plainly, it’s the method you create for getting your stuff done.” The term “stuff” can be anything from weekly to-do lists, project goals/objectives, or even fulfilling client tickets or payments and invoicing. Lauren explains that we create workflows in our every day lives without even realizing it. There are different kinds of workflows you can utilize, and Lauren has rounded up a few to start using right away.

  • Simple To Do’s And Personal Productivity – This is the traditional to-do list. Make a list, check things off, and you’re done!
  • Scrum And Agile Methodology Workflows – Many business teams use a workflow process called agile, which basically structures project tasks in short (one or two week) bursts. All tasks are queued up in a “waiting area” called a Backlog list. Each person takes up a task and completes it. This type of workflow process requires team involvement and it’s a great process for a group to stay aligned towards one goal with regular opportunities to check in and keep productivity running smoothly.
  • Managing Incoming Requests Workflows – Another popular process is one that involves keeping on top of many frequent incoming requests that need to be filtered out to different users or handled in an organized process. From there, depending on the order’s needs, each step will be funneled to a different user. The Incoming Requests workflow can be applied to all sorts of use cases: managing your email inbox, generating leads and improving lead flow, handling asks from managers or other teams, or any kind of incoming ticket systems.
  • Handoff Workflows – Another collaborative workflow is one where, after you’ve created and completed your part of the work, you assign the next step to someone else. When they’ve done their part, they pass it to the next person, and it automates the chain of command.

Each of these workflows can be automated on a Trello board for easier productivity. Keep in mind that a workflow only works if it works for you. So choose the one you prefer get started with your workflow processes!


Original post by Lauren Moon from Trello.

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How to Find the Best ERP Software for your Business

Searching for the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be a complex process, but it can be very effective if you want to grow your business. ERP offers to manage a wide variety of business functions such as invoicing, payroll, warehousing and much more on the field of varied and customizable options.  Not all ERP systems are made the same and not all systems are right for your business. There are features you need and features that are meant for another industry or larger scale firm.

Charles Richard at TechNative wrote an informative article sharing tips to choose an effective ERP system for your business. It’s a daunting task to have to search for the right ERP system, so keep in mind a few things to consider:

  • Research according to your needs
  • Select the right option
  • Be selective when choosing partners

These 3 simple tips can help you in the long run when implementing an ERP system for your business and utilizing it to it’s max potential.


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IPA Dynamic Commands

One way to control the “clutter” on your more complex IPA processes is to utilize the concept of “Dynamic Commands”.  Many times your flows will follow a pattern of reading some sort of data, validating/manipulating the data, then taking action on that data.  You can move much of this work into Stored Procedures and set up a configuration table to tell your flow which command to execute next.  This method also allows for more granular error handling and logging.

Here is a sample configuration table and flow.  The flow will read this in and follow each step in order, and use a SQL Query node to get the command text.  The Action field shows what type of action will be completed once the stored procedure brings back the command.

The 7 Biggest Technology Trends In 2020 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now

There’s still a quarter left of 2019 but Business and technology advisor Bernard Marr wants us to get ready for the technological trends in store for 2020 right now. Marr shared on Forbes a handful of technological advancements that will continue to make headlines and spark interest. Below are Marr’s 7 biggest technology trends for 2020.

  • AI-as-a-service – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a while and more companies have been exploring its use to improve customer experience. This will continue in 2020 as AI will get more and more familiarized and well-established.
  • 5G data networks – 2020 is likely to be the year when 5G really starts to fly, with more affordable data plans as well as greatly improved coverage, meaning that everyone can join in the fun.
  • Autonomous Driving – While we aren’t quite at the stage where we will have fully autonomous vehicles in 2020, they will continue to be an exciting technology we’d want to see. It won’t just be for cars either. Trucks and shipping are becoming more autonomous and there may likely be breakthroughs in 2020.
  • Personalized and predictive medicine – Throughout 2020 we will see new applications of predictive healthcare and the introduction of more personalized and effective treatments to ensure better outcomes for individual patients.
  • Computer Vision – Widely known as face recognition, this useful tech will continue to be a hot topic in 2020 and beyond.
  • Extended Reality – Extended Reality (XR) is a catch-all term that covers several new and emerging technologies being used to create more immersive digital experiences. More specifically, it refers to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This technology will continue to spark interest among businesses, the healthcare industry, video game and entertainment sector and much more.
  • Blockchain Technology – This digital ledger has been a topic for the tech-savvy folks and 2020 could be the year that more and more people hear and utilize this breakthrough tech.

2020 will conclude the biggest technological decade we’ve had and there’s still a lot more tech to discover and master.


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Sanimax Selects Infor to Help Manage Complex Business Processes

Sanimax, a leading environmental solution provider in the agri-food industry, has partnered with Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage. With 17 locations throughout Canada, the U.S, Brazil and Columbia, Sanimax has selected tech giant Infor to deliver an agile solution for their growth strategy. Infor’s ERP solution will provide Sanimax with applications designed to help overcome certain business challenges that are unique to its industry, such as managing short lead-times, managing commodities’ impact on supply chain, and meeting changing regulatory requirements. Powered by Infor M3, standardizing with Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage can help Sanimax migrate from its outdated and highly customized solution to one system that can better align teams on the priorities of deliverables and can help streamline processes across various categories within the business. Per their press release, Infor expects to deliver tools designed to help accelerate global supply chains, bring new products to market faster, and implement efficiencies across the board.


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