Additional Capabilities for abas ERP
Electronic data interchange (EDI) Module
Electronic data interchange (EDI) connects manufacturers, customers, vendors and business partners. Commercial documents are automatically exchanged between the IT systems of multiple business partners using established standards. With EDI, you can accelerate your business processes and avoid costly errors caused by manual processing.
EDI allows you to reliably manage the flow of goods, information and money. You can now maintain complete control over a flexible network of partners. EDI can be used to transfer order data from the customer’s ERP/PPC system directly to the vendor’s ERP/PPC system.
Fully integrated EDI processes
Standardized EDI processes are fully integrated. This represents a significant competitive advantage for you. The online integration of standardized EDI processes, in accordance with ANSI X12/VDA/ ODETTE/EDIFACT, automates operations, minimizes manual work and eliminates sources of error.
Key role for EDI database
The EDI database of an EDI processing system is the central point in the system for incoming or outgoing in-house files and also offers easy processing of errors.
Everything at a glance with the EDI center
The EDI center is a monitoring tool that checks the EDI database for the required period and lists the results. The EDI center information system provides an overview of all activities in the EDI area. This monitoring tool gives you greater visualization of incoming/outgoing EDI messages and helps with troubleshooting.
You can, for example, print out the original messages/reports and very easily configure the EDI import/export. The latest results and historical data are shown, making it much easier to obtain information.
Business Intelligence Module
Every company strives to achieve lasting success. In order to accomplish this, you need relevant information to support your decision-making processes. The key is acting, not reacting. Business Intelligence (BI) uses your data to produce reports and evaluations and identify key figures, allowing you to recognize new trends early and make informed decisions.
Identifying trends and making decisions
abas BI provides the tools you need to improve decision-making reliability and add value within your business. abas BI offers professional reporting functionality and dashboards to facilitate highly flexible analysis, giving you the targeted information you need to monitor and control your business and make sound decisions. It integrates both internal and external business data, quickly transforming it into valuable information.
abas ERP lies at the core of your business processes. Dashboards give you a simple overview of scheduling and cost planning with identification of critical activities. They also provide a transparent overview of the procurement situation, showing external and internal procurement and lead times. Detailed key figures, evaluations and analysis help you manage your company as efficiently as possible.
Independent analysis and reports can be generated very easily and without requiring vast technical expertise. In addition to internal company data, you can also integrate external data, allowing you to create your own data cube as a basis for your reports. With self-service BI, you can easily create your own reports and analysis without having to struggle with data modeling.
Flexible analysis for optimization or real-time and ad-hoc reporting
In order to identify weaknesses and optimize your processes, you need data to be provided in real time. With BI, intuitive ad hoc reports can be produced that you can use to comprehensively analyze events.
Standard BI reports for many areas
abas ERP offers a number of integrated standard BI reports for areas including sales, purchasing, CRM, materials management and EDI. In addition to the standard BI reports, individual reports with freely definable dimensions are available as an option.
If your business has several geographically dispersed manufacturing or distribution facilities or facilities that vary operationally with different production capabilities, you may need multi-site functionality in your ERP system. abas ERP provides a variety of convenient features and functions that assist in serving multi-site manufacturing organizations.
Distribution Requirements Planning
One of these features is distribution requirements planning, or DRP, which allows you to automate tasks across multiple locations, including multiple steps in the manufacturing and distribution process, creating a true supply chain. For example, if you are running a production facility in Los Angeles and a distribution center in North Carolina, you could use abas to automate the replenishment of low inventory.
Mobile ERP for easing multi-site complexity
abas’ extensive set of mobile apps for sales, warehouse management, and time keeping – all of which automatically sync with the master data in abas — help make multi-site organizations run smoother. Our mobile apps cover a wide spectrum of ERP activities and include mobile versions of delivery, CRM, cycle count, inventory management, time clock, point of sale, and service, giving your staff the ability to interface with your ERP system from wherever they are.
Master Data Synchronization
When you have separate servers running abas across multiple locations, or when your data is stored on separate partitions of the same database, abas provides master data synchronization, which syncs selected parts of your data between companies on a schedule or in near-real time. See the Master Data Synchronization section for more details.
Defining multiple sites within one instance of abas
Within one abas ERP instance, you have the ability to define multiple sites. This groups together key data or processes such as inventory, production and purchasing, so that you can keep track of everything for that site in one place without running a separate ERP instance. For more details on this, see Inter-Company Planning.
While multi-site functionality gives you the ability to manage your data across multiple locations, inter-company planning functionality helps you manage processes, transactions and internal pricing.
abas ERP streamlines this sometimes complicated task by allowing you to define warehouse groups, which link together related parameters for planning, inventory, production and purchasing.
Multi-company supply chain planning
abas’ multi-company supply chain planning gives you the flexibility you need to plan and manage supply and demand, even across multiple companies or multiple locations. For example, if your sales team in Toronto makes a sale of 100 office chairs, that would trigger a purchase order in the system to your production facility in Virginia. They would in turn receive it as a sales order, which would trigger planning and automatically create a work order for the chairs. If the base of the chairs is made by a subcontractor, who builds the bases with wheels from your production plant, abas can manage this too, by automatically triggering a purchase order of the raw materials needed to make the wheels as well as a subcontracting order to the base manufacturer.
These kinds of complex interactions can be greatly simplified through abas’ automation, inter-company planning features, and clear reporting.
Master Data Synchronization
If you have multiple facilities running separate ERP instances, or if you are storing data in separate partitions of a single database, abas’ master data synchronization makes it easy to replicate exactly the data you need, and none of the data that you don’t, in real time or on a custom schedule that works for your organization.
abas ERP uses the Unity server to sync the items in the master file, including parts, customers, vendors, accounts, etc. It gives you the granularity to sync entire records, certain fields within those records, or ranges of records. For example, you could select to sync all customers, only the customer name and location, or only customers in California who have made a purchase in the past 12 months. Each time the indicated fields or records are added, updated or deleted, it updates the other abas ERP instances.
abas ERP offers multiple methods of syncing master data including bidirectional and unidirectional methods, giving you the flexibility to customize the replication exactly as you need it.
In addition, using the notification center, you can set up alerts for certain activities, such as when a record or field is added, changed or deleted. The abas workflow designer can add review processes as well, triggered by changes at other sites.