Friday, January 28, 2011

Remember that you can use Crystal reports to report directly from your MISys SBM database.

It is a standard MS-SQL database, so all you need to do is make a System data source for SQL and then direct it to the database engine where the MISys SBM database resides. Then create a new report in Crystal using an ODBC (RDO) data source and select the data source you just made. Fill in the information and select the database to use and you’re off and running.

Oh, and If you are interested in our table layouts start SBM and go to Administration Housekeeping Print Data Tables.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MISys Announces Accpac ERP v6.0 Compatibility

January 25, 2011


Manufacturing Information Systems, Inc. (MISys), makers of MISys Manufacturing software, today announced that it has completed compatibility testing of MISys Manufacturing SBM version 4.2 and that the software has been deemed fully compatible with the newly released Sage Accpac ERP version 6.0.

Because MISys Manufacturing SBM version 4.2 is also compatible with Sage Accpac ERP version 5.6, users who are making the transition from version 5.6 to version 6.0 can be assured that their MISys/Accpac manufacturing system will function without interruption.

“We are committed to supporting Sage Accpac ERP users,” said David Brown, MISys CEO. “We tested the software extensively to make sure that the integration points work seamlessly as intended, and it does. We are pleased to continue the partnership with Sage Accpac that we started over 25 years ago.”

Last November, MISys released the details of its Compatibility Roadmap which assures Accpac users of continued compatibility and technical support for its software ranging several versions back. A view of the Roadmap can be found online.

MISys is inviting users and resellers of Accpac accounting software to a series of four webinars entitled “Manufacturing for Accpac ERP v6: Points of Integration” starting on February 3rd. Further information and free online registration is available now.


About MISys:

Manufacturing Information Systems, Inc (MISys) develops comprehensive software applications for small to mid-sized manufacturing entities. First established in 1977, MISys has integrated its software with Accpac accounting software since 1985 and has more than 7,000 installations in over 40 countries. For a complete description of MISys and its services, visit
My son, whose on a continuous search for inspiration, sent me the following quote recently.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint Exupery, author of The Little Prince.

This suggestion has caused me to reflect on my management style. I’ve read the books and attended the seminars but have not come across such a profound summation. I anticipate that a well-articulated vision would be more effective than dogma in many situations.

I’ve also considered that if the yearning “for the endless sea” doesn’t come about, I need to reflect not only on my direction but on the quality of how I’ve shared it. I can imagine the level of enthusiasm and support that this yearning would generate.

The possibilities might be “vast and endless”.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Printed user manuals

While I was helping out with the end-of-year clean-up, I opened several dusty boxes of old MISys manuals. The job I was assigned was to strip out the white paper for the recycling bin and toss the 5" plastic binders in the dumper. This got me thinking about all the people we'd sold printed manuals to and the requests I still get for a printed MISys manual.

We've sold quite a few printed manuals (a stack of paper about 4 inches thick weighing just over 14 pounds) over the years, but not nearly enough to cover the cost of printing, binding, and shipping. Many years ago, we decided to call an end to the production of printed documents and rely on a [hopefully] well-written User Guide built into the software. In my mind, the electronic User Guide was superior because it featured contextual links to the program (press F1 for Help), an extensive index, full-text keyword search capabilities, and extensive hypertext links (click here for more...). Plus, you could print out selected topics for exciting reading on the train or at home.

Before the warehouse clean-up, I hadn't been thinking much about printed manuals. Except that my wife, who is an avid reader, shuns my iPad while I, hardly a recreational reader, have discovered a whole new world in the iBooks library. This tells me that, despite all the advances in technology and preceived benefits of electronic documentation, there are people (some of them MISys software users) for whom a lapful of paper is really the best way to learn.

In the coming months, I'm going to be mulling over all the best ways to help our customers learn the ins and outs of the MISys manufacturing software. Unlike software that you can learn to use by just wandering around, MISys is big and complex -- and it deals with a subject that confounds many people who don't own any software.

Printed manuals, electronics documents, instructional videos. How do you think you learn best?

Friday, January 07, 2011

MISys reports record results

I am pleased to report that MISys, Inc. delivered record results in 2010 with more manufacturers implementing our software than ever before in our 25 year history. Even though the worldwide recession had a measurable cooling effect of everyone’s business, our conversations with customers like you reveal an increasingly positive outlook in the small- to mid-sized manufacturing market. All indications are that 2011 is going to be a banner year for us. I hope it is for you, too!

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Time for end-of-year inventory counting...

For many companies, New Year's Day is not a day off. Instead, it is a day to do the physical inventory count while the phone isn't ringing. Though it isn't always "fun", there is often a shared sense of mission and purpose to get it done.

Here are a couple of articles on conducting inventory counts that I thought were helpful, if not just interesting.


You don't have to shut down the company to conduct your physical inventory when you are doing your physical inventory. Here are some helpful hints when using MISys Manufacturing to do your inventory count:

MISys Manufacturing uses a Net Change Physical Inventory.
This means that MISys Manufacturing will adjust the quantity of your Items based on the difference between the Counted Quantities and the Recorded Quantities for each entry in the Physical Inventory Batch. The difference of those two values is applied to the Current quantities when you Check (which you should always do before posting!) or Post the batch.

When you are ready to take your Inventory, you would Print the Physical Inventory Worksheet which captures your current Stock Levels as Recorded Quantity. Since we have these values you are free to continue processing in MISys Manufacturing as the Counts are being performed.

Once you have completed the actual counting of you inventory, you would then Feed the Worksheet into the Physical Inventory Batch and then enter the counted values. Once you've entered all of your Item counts in the Batch, you can then Check the Batch and MISys Manufacturing will use the method described above to calculate the resulting quantities. If the results are at odds with the actual quantities, you can adjust the Batch as needed. Once the quantities are correct, you would then proceed to Post the Batch.

If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact us at MISys Manufacturing Technical Support.

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