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    Vigilistics Invention to Enhance Food Safety is Approved for a Patent 15.05.07
    Vigilistics Invention to Enhance Food Safety is Approved for a Patent

    Computerized tracking identifies contamination possibilities
    /24-7PressRelease/ - May 15, 2007 - Vigilistics (, a leader in providing systems for food and dairy processing plants, announced that its pending patent "Method and System for Monitoring Batch Product Manufacturing" has received a Notice of Allowance by the United States Patent Office. Vigilistics tracks food products through multi-step processing, including tracking of cross-contamination of food products that is missed by older technologies. Cross-contamination has been identified as an issue in the recent pet food recalls. "The complete tracking and tracing including cross-contamination is necessary to safeguard the food supply," said Craig Nelson, Founder of Vigilistics. "There are other tracking and tracing systems that keep track of bulk movements. The Vigilistics solution is the only one that records exactly every production phase directly from the plant floor and assembles transactions that correlate actual production and every possible cross-contamination. The resulting information allows tracking from any lot to every possible source of contamination, and to every possible contaminated final product, all accomplished in less than ten seconds," Craig Nelson concluded.
    Vigilistics is located in Mission Viejo California, close to the largest concentration of dairy and food processing plants in the United States. Vigilistics provides software to meet the specific needs of food and dairy processing companies. Vigilistics software assembles correlated transactions of production operations for use in analysis, management information, notifications of problems, and to document compliance. The software is offered with a set of modules for specific objectives. Vigilistics Inc. is a private venture-funded corporation.


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    Formula Costing for Process Manufacturers is Focus for Escape Velocity Systems 15.05.07
    Formula Costing for Process Manufacturers is Focus for Escape Velocity Systems

    /24-7PressRelease/ - May 15, 2007 - Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) ( recently announced that process (formula based) manufacturing operations are increasingly focused on Formula Costing. According to EVS President Evan Garber, "It is possible to integrate formulation, quality control, costing and inventory; and to do this without sacrificing core accounting and distribution functionality. We have experience bringing all of these departments together into unified systems, achieving accelerated business processes, minimizing errors and enabling real-time communication and visibility throughout the organization."
    Non-integrated Systems is a major concern for most process manufacturers (foods, chemicals, life sciences, primary metals and others) who often suffer from DAOP (Data All Over the Place) and WROBWE (We Run Our Business With Excel).

    Formulation and Costing for Process Manufacturers Must Include:
    • All information should be kept securely within an ERP system instead of Access, Excel or the like.• Formula costing with current inventory costs from the ERP system must be included.• The cost in errors, maintenance and IT support to an non-integrated formulation is significant both financially and in terms of quality control.• Quality control tests must be tracked in both inventory and distribution systems• Quality control test results and hold / release actions affect current inventory handling• Track lot attributes from raw materials all the way to the customer...Production and Costing• Production software must perform expected calculations based on lot attributes• Benefit from full lot and cost traceability through production• Immediate alerts and access to key data such as batch yield / cost variances and production anomalies

    Process Manufacturing describes a manufacturing process whereby materials are blended, cooked, or mixed as opposed to assembled from discrete units. Some needs common to process manufacturing industries are:
    • Formulas (or recipes) are ratios, not static bills of material • Split bill of material: several products can share one formula, yet have different packaging • Flexibility with units of measure • Stringent quality control, with recall ability • Lot grading / attribute tracking and calculation
    Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) was formed in 2001 to combine specific industry knowledge related to process manufacturing, distribution, and ERP implementations with cutting edge software development. The company focus is to create tools that enable mid-market enterprises to achieve their goals, focusing on lean processes and ROI.
    The term escape velocity refers to the speed that is necessary for an object to overcome gravity and soar into space. EVS provides direct applications for businesses looking for a catalyst, not just a software package. Process manufacturers require the best software solution coupled with industry experience that will accelerate the velocity with which they race towards their goals. The gravity of status-quo opposes aggressive, cutting edge organizations as they strive towards high quality and short lead time delivery while reducing inventories and operating costs.


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    Sage Insights 2007 Orlando Event to Include BatchMaster 15.05.07
    Sage Insights 2007 Orlando Event to Include BatchMaster

    /24-7PressRelease/ - May 15, 2007 - The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando Florida will host BatchMaster ERP in Orlando from May 14 -17, 2007 at the Sage Insights 2007 event. Located at booth 36, Preston Blevins, vice-president with BatchMaster ( noted, "The Insights Trade Show is an opportunity for BatchMaster to demonstrate the integration with Sage MAS 90 ERP, Sage Accpac, and Sage MAS 200 ERP." The actual address of the event is 6000 W. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee, Florida.
    Executive Keynote Featuring Ron Verni along with Guest Speaker B. Joseph Pine II will kick off the conference with a high-level overview. Then, B. Joseph Pine II, co-author of The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, will share his perspectives on marketing experiences, and how it relates to the Sage 360° total customer experience.
    About BatchMaster
    BatchMaster Software, Inc. has provided advanced ERP solutions for over two decades with more than one thousand five hundred installations worldwide. BatchMaster's customers can be found in every formula or recipe-based business, including food, beverage, cosmetic, personal care, paint, coating, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries. Flexible, easy to learn and use, and scalable to grow with a process manufacturing business, BatchMaster is the definitive solution for the challenges facing small to midsize process manufacturers. BatchMaster has more than a hundred technical staff numbers of highly-qualified software professionals.

    BatchMaster Software, Inc.Preston W Blevins CFPIM, CIRM, CSCPBusiness Developmentphone: (949) 583-1646 Ext 240 | Mobile: (949) 813-5217 | FAX: (949) 271-4620 | | |


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    High-End CRM Solutions Overrated, the Basic Model is Best 15.05.07
    High-End CRM Solutions Overrated, the Basic Model is Best

    /24-7PressRelease/ - May 15, 2007 - According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation, "The company offers a full suite of applications from contact management and sales automation to marketing campaign management and customer support (or help desk). In a nice marketing stroke, the applications are modular in design yet fully integrated, so you can purchase just what you need. Our industrial CRM product rivals the functionality of many higher-end solutions costing thousands of dollars more."
    Commence has been supporting the business requirements of small to mid-size companies for more than a decade and has an impressive track record for delivering quality products and services. Positioned squarely between low-end contact managers and costly, overly complex higher-end solutions, Commence CRM strikes a nice balance among functionality, ease of use, and low cost of ownership.
    Jim Meade, Ph.D, an industry analyst and software reviewer recently noted, "While all the hype and fanfare traditionally surround the mainstream players, every so often I come across a smaller, less-known company whose products do an even better job than the big players of meeting the functional and financial requirements of the customers they serve." Meade noted that he recently found the same unexpected power and value to be available from lesser-known providers in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) space. Meade suggested, "While we industry analysts and gurus tend to pay homage to the big guns like Siebel and Microsoft, smaller companies like Commence Corporation of Tinton Falls, NJ that may not appear on our analyst radar screen are quietly meeting customer needs in the CRM sector."
    Commence ( offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.


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    Data Repair Techniques for Microsoft Dynamics GP Great Plains - Alba Spectrum 15.05.07
    If you have large number of transactions in your ERP, it is natural to expect data inconsistency to occur from time to time. If this happens, you need SQL DBA skills and some understanding of GP tables structure and effect of records changing

    /24-7PressRelease/ - NAPERVILLE, IL, May 14, 2007 - If you have large number of transactions in your ERP, it is natural to expect data inconsistency to occur from time to time. If this happens, you need SQL DBA skills and some understanding of GP tables structure and effect of records changing. Before you do SQL data repair, please think about end-user options, such as check links, plus research tools available in routines and utilities sections. If you got to do data repair, read the following introduction level article
    • Dexterity table backup. As Microsoft Great Plains is successor of Great Plains Software Dynamics - it has the features of Great Plains Dexterity. On the features is this - each table is required to have identity column - DEX_ROW_ID. When you need to backup just one table you use the following script:
    Select * into IV00101_Backup from IV00101. In this script you need to replace IV00101 with the table that you intend to backup. In order to know table name, go to tools-_resource descriptions-_tables• Table restore. If you would like to restore your GP tables from backup, described above, you need to run these scripts:
    Alter table IV00101_Backup drop column DEX_ROW_IDDelete table IV00101 (this script is very dangerous - it will delete all your inventory item master records, so please, be sure what you are doing, meaning that you really need to restore from backup and no new items were created since the time of backup)Insert into IV00101 select * from IV00101_Backup
    • Table Update. Now you are facing the situation, when you manager asks you to update specific fields in your live table from your backup table. Here are the directions:
    Update IV00101 set CURRCOST=b.CURRCOST from IV00101 a join IV00101_Backup b on a.ITEMNMBR=b.ITEMNMBR - this statement will rollback current cost from backup table
    • Some useful queries.
    Delete ACTIVITY where USERID='sa' - this will remove 'sa' from GP and will allow this user to login back.
    Update SY00500 set BCHSTTUS = 0 where BACHNUMB='YOURBATCH'update SY00500 set MKDTOPST = 0 where BACHNUMB='YOURBATCH'
    These two scripts will reset the batch. Failed to post (when your workstation crashed). If they don't do the whole job, look at SY00800 table in DYNAMICS database

    Andrew Karasev, Alba Spectrum Group, 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918, serving GP customers USA and Canada Nationwide: California, Minnesota, New York, Quebec, Ontario, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, Florida, new Mexico, Iowa, Indiana, Alaska, Hawaii. Local service is available in Houston/Dallas: Richmond, Rosenberg, Katy, Galveston, Sugar Land; in Chicago: Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield, Romeoville, Batavia, Downers Grove, Schaumburg, Rockford, Elgin, Crystal Lake, Joliet, Hinsdale, Lisle, Montgomery, Oswego


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Dexterity Customization Quality Assurance - Alba Spectrum 15.05.07
    If you are in process of selecting Microsoft Great Plains modification partner, then you should know the critical success factors in Dex programming quality assurance

    Alba Spectrum Group, 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918
    /24-7PressRelease/ - NAPERVILLE, IL, May 10, 2007 - If you are in process of selecting Microsoft Great Plains modification partner, then you should know the critical success factors in Dex programming quality assurance. ERP application typically lives together with its data or is data (better to say, business specific data)-driven system. Plus GP has pretty adaptable and complex application business logic, consider the specific of serial and lot number tracked inventory items over the ones, that are not tracked as a good example. Our point is this - if you order Dexterity customization without providing testing environment with the copy of your real data - you may be disappointed with the quality and begin to blame dex development partner in poor quality of developers. Well, what should be done to facilitate decent QA?
    • Test Company. You simply backup your production company database and restore it into previously created test company on the same SQL server environment. You should understand SQL and GP security model and how it is realized via SQL logins and their access to the databases. Please, remember - you have no control over GP user password in SQL as user password, which you use in GP is actually encrypted in SQL and the only user which password is the same is sa (SQL Server system administrator)• Remote desktop and VPN. Assuming that your company db size is over several gigabytes and so it is not practical for dex development partner to copy it and work with the replication, you should agree on remote desktop connection to your server. This will increase the chance that ISV MBS partner tested dex customization to the extent, that you can deploy it in production environment• Upgradeability. This side is typically not on the scenes as the problem initially and it is related to the understanding of Microsoft Dexterity pluses and minuses or what are trade ins for going deeper to superseding GP original business logic: Alternate Great Plains Windows, Dexterity Triggers, Custom Tables - all these are contributors and should be analyzed from the position of future GP version upgrade - customization should be also upgraded and revised, you can not just insert GP new version CD and follow the upgrade Wizzard• Customization Source Code. DYNAMICS.DIC or EXTRACT.DIC with dexterity sanscript code not stripped out - if you don't have these - you are at the mercy of your former Great Plains Dexterity customization partner and if you have bad payment habit with them - chances are high that it is questionable if your modified business logic is upgradeable or somebody could further advance it.

    Andrew Karasev, Alba Spectrum Group, 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918, serving GP customer in USA/Canada via remote support and required visits onsite: California, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Colorado, Utah, Iowa. Local service is available in Chicago downtown and Western suburbs: Naperville, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook, Aurora, Plainfield, Oswego, Elgin, Batavia, St. Charles, Crystal Lake, Downers Grove, Lombard, Westmont, Hinsdale, Joliet; in Houston: Richmond, Dallas, Sugar land, Rosenberg, Galveston. If you are located outside of US/Canada and you are ready to provide remote desktop connection and voip - we could help your virtually worldwide.


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    Optimalon Software has released a new version of linear programming library Gipa 15.05.07
    Linear programming library Gipals32 makes the robust optimization available to any Windows - based applications; provides simple and reliable way to solve linear programming tasks containing unlimited number of variables and constraints.

    /24-7PressRelease/ - KITCHENER, ON, CANADA, May 15, 2007 - Optimalon Software has released a new version of the library Gipals32 that main purpose is to provide a simple and reliable way to solve any kind of the linear programming tasks.Linear programming is widely used in logistic, transportation, oil refinery, financial and many other practical applications to find a solution that maximizes profit or minimizes costs.
    The typical example of the linear programming task is the transport problem, which requires finding a plan that minimizes the transportation cost of goods from few warehouses to several clients.
    The library can easily find the solution or state the solution doesn't exist for any kind of linear programs with unlimited number of variables and constraints.
    Gipals32 is a Windows - based library and therefore it can be easily integrated into existing or new applications for Windows written on C++, VB, VC++, C#, Delphi and other programming languages. The library provides a simple application programming interface (API) that allows specifying or modifying the linear programming tasks using few functions and tune the optimization engine according to the user's requirements.
    The main features of Gipals32 are:· Robust Interior-Point method for fast and reliable solution.· Unlimited number of variables and constraints.· Flexible preprocessing to reduce the task's size and optimization time.· Constraint matrix scaling to improve the numeric stability.· Iterative refinement to improve the solution quality and reduce the number of iteration.· High order Gondzio correction to improve the solution quality.· Special method for handling dense columns constraint matrix.· Support the industrial standard format of linear programs.· Simple programming interface.
    Gipals32 is available on try-before-buy basis that means anyone can download it for free and test it for 30-days trial period. More information about the library is available at Optimalon Software website:

    About Optimalon SoftwareOptimalon Software is a growing company specialized in different areas of the optimization fields. For further information, please visit our website at


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