Sybiz – Hints and tips and video clips

New Sybiz Vision

We have recognised that some of you do not want to send statements with negative balances out to their customers for a variety of reasons. For those of you in this situation we have introduced an option to ‘ignore negative balances’ in the Debtors’ Statement Run. This should enable you to manage your debtors more efficiently.

Sybiz Visipay

Our ESS module allows leave to be approved by those people authorised to do so. Further, they need to be able to make these decisions with the knowledge of who else is on leave at the same time. This would obviously lead to better management of staffing.

We are constantly striving to improve our software so that it fits what you, the customer, wants. The good news is that we have now made the leave calendar accessible to approvers of leave. Another reason why ESS is a great adjunct to your business!

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Sybiz – World famous at Sybiz

Sybiz Hall of Fame

The Sybiz Hall of Fame is devoted to members of the Sybiz community that have shown outstanding commitment to the Sybiz brand, software or people.

This year at Sybiz’s 40th anniversary dinner, 3 very deserving Sybizians were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

One of the winners, Sybiz Technical Support Team Leader and resident rocker Andrew Nicholson tells his story, and you can read it here.

ABM – BULLETIN #71

Release ABM 8.2

Advanced Business Manager 8.2 is now released and available for download. A number of issues have been fixed and these are listed in the spreadsheet available at

http://release.advancedbusinessmanager.com.au/Docs/JiraIssuesABM8SP2.pdf

Please note that while all of these issues are included in 8.2 many are also available as individual patches for 8.1, allowing sites to receive these fixes without performing a full update.

Upgrading to 8.2 is not necessary for all sites. ABM 9 is just around the corner, however 8.2 has been released to provide improved performance to sites with large lists of accounts, the way structured stock products are ordered, or the ability to print Service Invoices, Credits and Pro-forma Invoices from ABM. The details of these changes are below.

Performance of Large Lists

The amount of time required to display large lists in ABM 8 has been improved by changing the SQL drivers being used and retrieving only a portion of the record set initially before the list is made visible to the user. This results in the list being displayed initially much quicker, but then a small delay if the user searches the list or scrolls down as the remaining records are retrieved.

Due to the requirement to install additional SQL driver files ABM 8.2 will be provided only as a full installer and not as individual exes or as a self-extracting service pack update. It will be necessary to run the installer on every workstation just as if this were a major version release.

Structure Stock Sequence Numbers

Structured stock will now properly retain the sequence of sub-products as defined initially in the sub-product ranges. When setting up a structured stock product the user may select a range of sizes/colours to use and the order that these are displayed in the matrix will be based on the defined order in the selected range(s). Further the user may use drag and drop to change the order of sizes/colours for that product, and this order will be retained and used for that product when entering quantities in the matrix on transaction entry. The sequence will also be written to the transaction records in the database to allow the correct order to be used on printed forms.

Further enhancements to the way sub-product ranges are used in ABM are expected after the release of ABM 9.

Service Forms

Forms can now be printed using ABM’s standard forms system for Service Invoices, Service Credits and Service Pro-forma Invoices. These options are available when setting up documents in the Printer and Forms settings screen, and allows a differently formatted document to be used for these transactions instead of the standard invoice and credit forms. An updated Service application will be required to take advantage of this feature as the transaction engine now flags these transactions with a status of “SERVICE” to identify them as different to standard invoices.

Upcoming Releases

The expected availability for a release candidate for ABM 9 is the middle of May. This will include primarily those wish list items identified as a priority at the Dealer Days and Conference.

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Sybiz – 40 years of history

Countdown to Forty!

This year Sybiz turns 40 years young and as part of our celebrations we’re counting down the last 40 years of history.

Each week we look at the history of Sybiz, how technology has evolved and the headlining stories across the globe. So far we’re 12 years in!

You can access these over on our business blog here.

Sybiz – Will you be fined or fine?

Recorded SuperStream webinar (Australia only)

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the short SuperStream update webinar last week then you can catch up with the recorded session over on our website.

As time is running out before the first deadline (1 July 2015), it’s important that you are on top of these changes. More information is available here.

ABM – BULLETIN # 70

Release ABM 8.1

There are a number of fixes in ABM 8.1 for issues arising since the release of ABM 8 which are listed in the spreadsheet available at:-

http://release.advancedbusinessmanager.com.au/Docs/JiraIssuesABM8SP1.pdf

We have also developed Stock Taking for sites using the Warehouse module:

It is now possible to enter a stocktake and allocate, or confirm the quantity on hand in individual bins. This feature will now allow companies using warehousing to process a stocktake as at a particular date. It will also facilitate the movement of stock within the warehouse during the stocktake process.

Job retentions:

Job retentions can now be set up with up to three different percentages for increasing thresholds of total invoice value. For example, the first $100,000 of invoices has a retention of 10%, the next $200,000 has a retention of 7.5% and any further invoices have a retention of 5%. These stepped values are used to automatically calculate retentions when processing sales or project invoices for jobs.

Job Stage Status and Percentage Complete:

New fields have been added to the Job costing maintenance screen so that you can now keep track of the percentage completed for a particular stage, as well as recording the status of that stage, such as in-progress, or completed.

Create Purchase Requisitions from Job Estimates:

As well as the option to create a purchase order from a job estimate, you can now create a requisition from a job estimate so that they can be approved prior to creating the purchase order.

Version Checking of ABMSystem:

Previously if a new version of ABMSystem was being installed but it had an earlier date than the ABMSystem that existed in the programs folder (due to the ABMSystem being opened manually), then the ABMSystem may not have been updated correctly. Service Pack 1 now checks the version number of ABMSystem and ensures that the correct version is updated at all times.

Upcoming Releases:

We intend to release ABM 8.2 just after Easter. The key changes in this version will be:

Structured Stock Sequence:

Structured stock will now properly retain the sequence of sub-products as defined initially in the sub-product ranges. When setting up a structured stock product the user may select a range of sizes/colours to use and the order that these are displayed in the matrix will be based on the defined order in the selected range(s). Further the user may use drag and drop to change the order of sizes/colours for that product, and this order will be retained and used for that product when entering quantities in the matrix on transaction entry. The sequence will also be written to the transaction records in the database to allow the correct order to be used on printed forms.

Further enhancements to the way sub-product ranges are used in ABM are expected after the release of ABM 9.

Performance Improvements for Large Lists: The amount of time required to display large lists in ABM 8 has been improved by changing the SQL drivers being used and retrieving only a portion of the record set initially before the list is made visible to the user. This results in the list being displayed initially much quicker, but then a small delay if the user searches the list or scrolls down as the remaining records are retrieved.

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ABM – Bulletin #69 for ABM 8 release

ABM 8 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of ABM 8

ABM 8 has a new look and users will notice a significant change in the screen design, and now has Ribbons on all screens.

The resulting changes allow for quicker processing, whereby all regular actions are just one click away.

Apart from the visual changes there is also a lot of work completed “under the bonnet” giving the basis for further development of mobility and cloud delivery.

The new features in ABM 8 include the following

· Reports:

o New Look: The standard reports have been freshened up with a new look for better use of space. New comparative reports provide more information for monitoring performance.

o Favourite Reports: Frequently run reports can now be made Favourites which can be quickly accessed from the reports list.

o Recently Run Reports: Rerun a report that you have already run without the need to reselect any parameters.

o Switch to Any Ledger: Now you can change the list of reports you are looking at without closing and re-opening the reports list.

o Report Logo: You can now have your own company logo on the standard reports.

· AMS inside ABM: Now manufacturing is inside ABM making it easy to create productions runs.

· Alchemex for ABM: firing up Alchemex from the ABM toolbars making analysis easy.

· User Login associated with windows user: You can now associate your ABM login with your Windows Login reducing the time required to log into ABM.

· Location Details on Products summary screen: The Product Details screen now shows the Quantity on Hand, Free Stock etc, for all locations, as well as the overall status of the product.

· Calculation Formula on Custom fields: You can now add a SQL formula on a custom field on all master tables so that calculations are performed at the database level for custom value presented in ABM and on reports.

· Serial/Lot number default warranty period: You can now set the default Warranty or Use By period for tracked products, which will then be used automatically when bringing the items in stock, reducing the possibility of entering the wrong dates.

· WIP Write Off: Write off WIP on a job with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.

· More Information Available: Many existing screens and lists have had additional fields and columns added as a result of user feedback about what they need to see to assist their operations.

· And much, much more… It’s all in the PDF.

All changes in ABM 8 are included in a pdf file which is available at:

http://release.advancedbusinessmanager.com.au/Docs/ABM8.pdf

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ICANN’s new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) 2013

DLK Consulting Pty Ltd is a registered reseller of TPP Wholesale for domain names, web hosting and other Internet products. We comply with ICANN’s new Registrar Acrediation Agreement (RAA) 2013, please see below for details.

What are the new requirements?

RAA 2013 now requires all registrars of record to validate the registrant’s postal address and contact email address. This validation process only applies to gTLD domains, and must be completed whenever:

a new domain is registered;
a domain is transferred into TPP Wholesale; or
an update is made to contact details on a domain.

To comply with these new requirements with minimal impact on our resellers, TPP has modified its systems and processes to perform the following actions automatically upon the above-mentioned trigger events:

Email address validation: Registrants will be sent an email notice (and subsequent reminder notices, if applicable) requesting they validate their email address by clicking on a link within the message. View the initial whitelabel email – this will be branded with your default header and footer if configured. The contact email address must be validated within 15 days or the domain name is at risk of being suspended.

Postal address validation: Validation will be automatically performed using a third party global address database supplied by Google and a warning will be displayed at the time of entry. If an invalid postal address is submitted, the domain name is at risk of being suspended. This feature is currently being rolled out to all our partners and no further action is required from you.

Finally, all resellers must immediately publish a link to ICANN’s Registrants’ Benefits and Responsibilities document on their websites.

More information

View the full 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement at ICANN
Read our blog article 2013 ICANN RAA Impacts for further explanation
Read the support article on Whois data validation or check the FAQs

Please note that the obligations stated in this notice are not exhaustive.

Attaché – End-of-Year 2012/13 training – June 2013

End-of-Year 2012/13 training – June 2013

This year’s Attache EOY training programme for Accounts and Payroll includes both webinars and seminars in major cities across Australia.

Accounts EOY Processing

• Learn how to manage end-of-financial-year processing

• Process transactions in dual financial years

• See the new tools available for reconciling your accounts throughout the year

• Automate debt collection processes

Payroll EOY Processing

• Reconcile your payroll and produce payment summaries

• Get ready for the 2013/14 payroll year

• Learn about the latest legislative changes

• Prepare for compulsory electronic payments of superannuation starting on 1 July 2014

Seminar bonus session – SuperStream and the New Attaché

The importance of the looming SuperStream changes cannot be overstated. Over the next year almost every Attaché client will need to review how they manage superannuation and cleanse their data so their payments can be managed electronically. Encouraging clients to address this issue early and move to a solution such as ClickSuper will help reduce a potential bottle neck and prevent a lot of unnecessary stress.

We will also discuss the New Attaché to help prepare clients for Attaché BI and start the flight-plan. Entry to this session is free, regardless of whether clients attend the EOY training sessions.

When registering yourself for EOY seminars and webinars, please enter your VIP number.

To find out more about EOY 2012/13 training, visit the website or contact your Attaché Consultant.

Attaché – Preparing for 2012/13 payment summaries

Preparing for 2012/13 payment summaries

Did you know that the ATO allows you to send employee payment summaries electronically? Electronic payment summaries are far more convenient for both you and your staff, and will save you valuable time at year end.

Now is the time to check that you have the correct email address for each of your employees, including those that left your organisation this financial year.
In the Employee Document Delivery Address Manager, choose File | Print to report on the email addresses you’ve set up. Then enter any required changes or additions, and check that the document Type is set to All as this includes payment summaries.

Contact your Attaché consultant or call the Alex Helpline on (02) 9455 1301 for assistance with setting up delivery addresses.