ABM 2010 Goals • Improving the user experience • Increasing user productivity • Expanding our job costing markets • Addressing the wishes of our partners and users
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface Master file and transaction lists now use a new grid control which gives users and channel partners enhanced capabilities.
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface Data can be grouped and sub-grouped as well as subtotaled and totaled by dragging columns into the box at the top…just like Outlook.
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface Additional filters are now available to view data selectively including filtering on several values at the same time (old version only allows one)
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface And custom filters can be specified. For example, all products with “123” in the part number and group “ABC”
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface The master file and transaction lists can also be customised by renaming the column headings to suit the user company and also the column alignment.
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface There is a new list of estimates which can be sorted and filtered.
Enhanced Grids improve the user interface Most transaction lists now offer several date range options and default to the last one selected.
Improved viewing of data in ABM Say goodbye to the ABM viewer…..
Improved viewing of data in ABM ….and hello to the ABM Explorer. Doing away with tabs makes the viewer windows less cluttered.
The ABM Explorer As its name suggests, the ABM Explorer uses the Internet Explorer style in allowing the user to move through pages of information by clicking on navigation buttons and selecting from a drop down page list. Conference 2008 wish
The ABM Explorer Clicking on a blue underlined link jumps directly to the window which lists the underlying data. For example, clicking on the customer orders link….
The ABM Explorer Jumps to the viewer page which lists the underlying outstanding orders. If you want to examine a particular order, click on its link ….
The ABM Explorer And a new explorer page opens showing the order details. More links let the user jump to the customer, the sales analysis code or to other products.
The ABM Explorer While we are here, note that you can now edit, delete, deliver, return, invoice or credit the order or quote direct from the view window or even create a new one.
The ABM Explorer Similarly, you can click on a customer’s or supplier’s aged balance….
The ABM Explorer And see the transactions which make up that balance
Crystal 2008 is here! ABM reports will now allow use of all Crystal 2008 features
What can you do with Crystal 2008? • Pictures can now be linked based on a file location in the database
What can you do with Crystal 2008? • Parameter panel to quickly change Crystal parameters • Flexible pagination – you can now have portrait and landscape pages within a single report • Built-in barcode support • Potential for advanced visualisations with Xcelsius and Adobe Flex integration • Flashing text on printed reports • And something to really cheer about….
In conjunction with the ABM Explorer… Drill-across from reports!!!
Reduced data entry when adding master files A new “paste” button is available when adding new customers, suppliers, products, jobs, etc. This allows users to open a similar record, click “copy”, add the new record and click “paste” to copy the data into all fields to save manual data entry. More Productivity
Reduced data entry errors When adding or editing customers and suppliers in Australia, the ABN is now checked using the Tax Dept. formula.
Quickly locating products in the warehouse When viewing a product, a new tab allows users to see, at a glance, the warehouse bins where the product is located. More Productivity
View a Product’s Quotes and Estimates at a Glance The product viewer has been extended to show where that product has been included in quotes and in job estimates. Users considering price changes can therefore quickly review their outstanding commitments. More Productivity
Multiple Delivery Addresses Any number of delivery addresses can now be stored for each customer and are selected from a list by name
Multiple Delivery Addresses Any number of delivery addresses can now be stored for each customer and are selected from a list by name. At the same time, the sales screen has been reorganised to make the delivery addresses more prominent.
Adding Special Price/Discounts on the Fly If a new option is selected, the user can easily add a new special price or discount at the time of entering a sales quote, order, delivery or invoice. When the user changes a price or discount, they are asked if the changes are to be saved for future use BM Feature
Adding Special Price/Discounts on the Fly The user then has an opportunity to specify the scope of the special price or discount and it is automatically added to the appropriate table. If no suitable table exists then it will be automatically created.
Quick access to a customer’s past purchases A new button gives rapid access to the last three occasions when the customer purchased the selected product.
Default Sales Locations You can now specify the usual stock location which applies to sales to each customer and ABM will now default to that location.
Other Sales Improvements • A visual warning and beep is now given if a customer exceeds their credit limit in the course of a sale. • When entering orders and using “Save & New”, the order number allocated shows on the screen so that it can be quoted to the customer. • If a customer’s terms are “Cash” and the invoice is not paid then it is immediately aged as outstanding in the age 4 column so that it gets attention. • When a deposit is taken on a sales order, the printed document now shows the deposit.
Fast updating of delivery dates A new option allows the delivery dates on all items in a purchase order to be updated in one step.
Other Purchases Improvements • The suggest order facility is now able to use sales projections six months and one year ahead.
Optional sequential references on receipts A new facility in Tools/Options allows users to have receipt references increment automatically for tracking and audit purposes.
Optional sequential references on transfers A new facility in Tools/Options allows users to have transfer references increment automatically for tracking and audit purposes.
Less data entry on purchase orders Delivery addresses can now be stored for each stock location. This saves having to manually enter the delivery address each time a purchase order is raised.
Purchasing for Kit Manufacture The reorder wizard has been extended to allow the user to select a kit and the quantity to be manufactured so that component shortages can be purchased.
The Reorder Wizard becomes more flexible The reorder wizard defaults to the preferred supplier but now allows you to review the other suppliers, their minimum order quantities and buy prices, by means of an embedded drop list. You can then pick the one you wish to buy from.
The Reorder Wizard becomes more flexible You can also now change the buying price on the fly and this will flow through to the purchase orders and the product records.