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Archive for May, 2012

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What to expect from the Localizations team in PU 404?

Written by Elaine Chai on . Posted in Exact Globe

“Tax?”, “Localization?”, “Banking?” What comes into your mind when you think about these changes? The Localizations team!

As we have informed you earlier Exact Globe Next product update 404 is now in controlled release. As usual, we do have some fixed themes in every product update. From legal and localizations to banking and last but not least, direct feedback from our customers. All these changes have a direct impact on the customers around the world and our goal is to help them in their daily operations effectively and efficiently.  

Now, let us share some of the product update 404 highlights. From the legal side, you can expect deliverables such as changes in 2012 Intrastat statistical numbers for European Union legislationelectronic Intervat reporting and fiscal fiches report (Belcotax) for Belgian legislation, Electronic Intrastat reports for UK legislation,  Spesometro reports for Italian legislation, fiscal taxonomy field in the Import taxonomy screen for German legislation, and VAT Invoice for Indonesian legislation.

There are also some localization changes in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Czech, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Poland, and China.

For banking, we set a lot of focus on SEPA compliant functionality. Here, we provide Dutch customers with up-to-date SEPA formats in accordance with general guidelines of SEPA Migration Plan in the Netherlands. More improvements are planned for the next product update. 

Besides, we do provide some bank format changes for countries like Germany, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Australia, UK, Sweden, Ireland, Slovakia, Romania, Finland, Canada and Hungary.

Lastly, we always want to improve our product based on your feedback. You tell us, we do it. In this product update, we managed to deliver changes such as running stock valuation process and import/export data in silent mode or via the task scheduler, possibility to select a printer when printing quotations, sales orders and purchase orders, and many more.

To view the complete deliverables in this product update, please click here.

What’s next? To share some highlights of product update 405, as a follow up to fiscal taxonomy in Germany, we will have e-Bilanz, an uploading XBRL reporting process directly to the fiscal government’s servers.

Meanwhile in Asia, we will have among others collective invoices for Japan legislation, 2012 Thai Withholding Tax, etc. Stay tuned for more exciting changes.


How to know what’s ‘in’ per country

Written by Sabine Christiansen on . Posted in Exact Globe

Serving customers all around the world, we are dealing with different legislations every day. Since I’m part of localizations team of Exact, I’m busy with all kind of adjustments, to make sure our software meets expectations of our customers in the supported countries. This of course also includes ‘managing those expectations’ and clear communication of what’s already available.

To give an overview of what can be expected per country, in the past we prepared documents that listed supported functionality for each country. As a result of many modifications over the years, the documents were no longer user friendly. To optimize usability we first differentiated all supported functionality per country into ‘general’ for general information like supported language, ‘legal’ for legally required functionality, ‘local’ in sense of common business use and ‘banking’ for supported bank formats and country specific cash flow functionality. As a consequence we now offer a clear overview per country with linked detailed information and release notes.  Those fact sheets which work as a sort of country cockpit, have been first introduced internally and now are also available for our customers.

Take a look at Synergy document 17.073.975, to see what we prepared. To view it you need to login with your customer portal credentials. Those factsheets will be updated for every product update. So better stay tuned!


SEPA migration end date is clear … what’s now?

Written by Alexander Kutilov on . Posted in Exact Globe

Now that the end date for the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) migration has been agreed upon within Europe, the industry has begun to realize the challenges that it will face the coming years. The good news is that a clear target date is set. In the euro area, this will be 1 February 2014, subject to certain limited exemptions mentioned in the SEPA Regulation. The bad news is that many are still in the preparation rather than execution phase. It is indisputable that the migration to the SEPA will be a challenging exercise. Market participants still need to evaluate its impact on their day-to-day operations. Migration to SEPA standards requires careful planning. The relevant actions and resources should be identified as soon as possible.

In this article I would like to share a general overview of SEPA compliance statuses as well as some short term plans of Exact Globe Next functionality for customers in countries of EU Member States.

SEPA was generally introduced in the product update 390, in 2008, and has been constantly improving since then.

We have chosen a flexible approach, with which we have implemented and support SEPA Credit Transfer for all EU countries based on general ISO20022 standard guidelines in 2009. Since 2010 we continued with extending SEPA functionality for frontrunners countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria based on their national guidelines.

We are committed to plans for improving SEPA support in Exact Globe Next for all eurozone countries during 2012 and 2013.

IBAN and BIC. Customers are able to maintain IBAN and BIC in cash instruments and in debtor and creditor bank accounts in countries of EU Member States. Furthermore, to facilitate better and faster migration of bank accounts data into IBAN and BIC Exact Globe Next offers automations of generating these values for some countries or importing IBAN and BIC to debtors and creditors bank accounts for other countries.

IBAN and BIC are also included in most of layouts. For example the Exact customer in the USA is able to manage IBAN and BIC data of French debtor bank account and print this information in the sales invoice.

XML ISO20022 standards. Being based on ISO20022 standard, SEPA guidelines are allowed to be extended at the national level. Changes in national SEPA guidelines are prevail. At the same time banks within the same country are allowed to follow national or strictly EU guidelines or even extend such guidelines. Bank extensions to guidelines are prevail. Implementation of national SEPA migration plans are dependent on such diversity. Communications regarding relative technical and functional specifications as well as the speed of SEPA development in each country are different.

SEPA Credit Transfers (SCT). SCT functionality is available in Exact Globe Next for all customers and for all legislations as soon as the cash instrument and the creditor bank account are within EU and linked to euro. The frontrunners countries are having much better support of their SEPA standards.

SEPA Direct Debit (SDD). SDD was introduced in the product update 400 in 2010. This functionality is available for all customers of Exact Globe Next and for legislations as soon as the cash instrument is in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or Austria and linked to euro and the debtor master data is provided with IBAN and BIC and the information of relative SDD mandate exists. SDD mandate management is necessary part of the functionality. Being generally compliant to XML ISO20022 standard, the structure and content of SDD are implemented based on its national extensions.

Bank statements with SEPA information. SEPA includes a definition of Cash Management (CAMT), the XML based generic bank statements structure. The introduction of this standard, at the moment, gets lesser priority compare to IBAN and BIC, SCT and SDD. Expiration time lines for currently supported bank statements are not yet clearly defined. Therefore the majority of banks extend their bank statements specifications so that remittance information of SEPA transactions can be identified for reconciliations. Currently we keep implementing changes in existing bank statements in different countries, based on their specifications.

SEPA is a topic that can be addressed in different ways than just compliance. Starting now gives some, although limited, time to plan for changes taking possible benefits into scope. It is important to recognize that the impact of SEPA implementation goes beyond Europe. Compulsory usage of the ISO20022 standard certainly will be later considered for a global roll-out outside the eurozone.


Back to basics with Exact Synergy Enterprise Essentials Video Series

Written by Aimee Swartz-Glancy on . Posted in Exact Synergy

Anyone who works with Exact Synergy Enterprise knows that its greatest strength (that it can do so many things) can also make it difficult to describe to end users. In response, we’ve created three video playlists which focus on three different functional areas within Exact Synergy Enterprise. These videos demonstrate the functionality from a user’s perspective and focus on the practical value Exact Synergy Enterprise can bring to these users in each area.

The ‘Exact Synergy Essentials’ series is made up of the following:

CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Essentials focusing on how sales and marketing professionals can use Exact Synergy Enterprise in their daily work including managing the sales process; running marketing campaigns; and automating the sales force.

The HRM (Human Resource Management) Essentials playlist includes chapters on recruitment management; time and attendance; managing day-to-day HRM; and performance management. The demonstrations include the perspective of an HR professional as well as a regular self-service user and her manager.

The PSA (Professional Services Automation) Essentials playlist demonstrates the entire life cycle of a project as executed by a professional services organization. It includes chapters on defining rates; defining the project scope; determining the budget; planning, entering, and approving hours; reporting on projects; and analyzing performance.

In all three video series we draw attention to the added benefits of having integrated document managements and workflow to support these different solution areas. We hope these videos will help provide practical examples of  what Exact Synergy Enterprise is as well as help end users to get started making the most of what Exact Synergy has to offer.


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Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 and Exact Globe Next product update 404 are in controlled release

Written by Bert Siekmann on . Posted in Exact Globe, Exact Synergy

As of now Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 and Exact Globe Next product update 404 are in controlled release. That means that these releases are now available for resellers as well as all controlled release customers. After a successful controlled release period we will announce both products generally available, planned for mid-June.

Responding to challenges and needs of professional services organizations we have extended our PSA offering with numerous enhancements which will allow users to work more efficiently, save costs and achieve higher margins. Among others we will offer now integration of WBS (work breakdown structure) and budgets, a new flexible project cockpit and the possibility to copy a scope of a project  for easy project scope creation. Additionally, in this product update of Exact Synergy Enterprise we will launch a new Word Merge functionality that makes it easier to generate MS Word documents in which content from various entities from Exact Synergy Enterprise, such as accounts, projects and persons is automatically included. Moreover, we have extended Exact Synergy Enterprise with numerous enhancements, such as UX improvements, a solution to facilitate new Dutch holiday entitlement legislation and other improvements that have been developed based on direct feedback from our customers.

In Exact Globe Next we focused on facilitating the needs of our Wholesale customers; we have implemented numerous changes to the current functionality, such as improvements to E-WMS (release notes in tab Warehouse Management System). Additionally, after an extended controlled release period the B2B e-Commerce Portal will be generally available as of Exact Globe Next product update 404. To further extend the value proposition for customers in the Manufacturing field, we offer new solutions such as Exact Visual Scheduler (to be generally available) and back flushing for by-products. Moreover, we have extended Exact Globe Next with a large number of new features that facilitate changes in regional legislations and other enhancements that have been developed based on direct feedback from our customers.

Furthermore, in advance to launching Exact Globe Next product update 404 and Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 we have introduced numerous solution: Exact Synergy Enterprise Configurator and Central Master Data Management are now generally available. The Exact’s Service Management solution that strengthen wholesale and manufacturing companies is now in controlled release.

Please note that as a result of an extensive controlled release period and the feedback we received from our customers we have made a decision to change the name of Exact Globe to Exact Globe Next. What it means in practice is that when a customer decides to update his current Exact Globe, it will be updated to Exact Globe Next product update 404. An upgrade is not mandatory but when a customer decides to do so he will automatically benefit from the improvements of the Exact Globe Next version. Furthermore, he can request extended functionality that is standard in Exact Globe Next but not available without requesting it: Exact Synergy Enterprise with the Synergy user, integration with SSRS reports that offers real-time dashboard reports and a selection of alerts facilitated by Exact Event Manager. And a new menu/shell with state-of-the-art UX from which a user can operate all new and existing features. In the coming weeks we will provide more information on how this request process will work.

Should you have any questions regarding controlled release of Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 or Exact Globe Next product update 404, do not hesitate to comment on this blog post.


e-Bilanz, a challenge for all companies in Germany

Written by Sabine Christiansen on . Posted in Exact Globe

Working in an international environment, we have to deal with the fiscal authorities in different countries. Especially in central European countries there are ambitions to streamline activities by enforcing more and more e-government processes. As this is a quite new process, there are still a lot of changes required from the government.

As a result our customers are pushed to do most tax related reporting in an electronic way, partially in the cloud. Germany is a good example for this, where all VAT reports and the newly introduced e-Bilanz XBRL reporting need to be uploaded directly to the servers of Ministry of Finance – and of course all data needs to be secured.

In the context of the act to reduce tax bureaucracy (SteuBAG), German government claimed that all companies in Germany are obliged to hand over their annual financial statements in an electronic way. XBRL was chosen as a method since this is already an existing solution for disclosure of trade balances. Based on existing trade taxonomy (version 4), a new fiscal taxonomy has been created to issue reports in form of instance documents. These reports need to be uploaded to the Elster server.

As we support import of this new fiscal taxonomy with Exact Globe Next product update 404, now we are starting detailed preparation on step 2, which means automatic upload of instance documents to the Elster-Server of fiscal government. This second part is planned for product update 405. Splitting solution into two parts should offer possibility to our customers to already set up maintenance, do all preparations and be ready in time for sending the report documents.

For companies in Germany this newly introduced e-Bilanz is quite a challenge, as all used GL account charts need to be checked and adjusted, before the fiscal taxonomy elements can be linked to them. As there is no default account template given in Germany, those links for all demanded reports need to be done manually one by one. And this of course can only be done in close relationship with the company’s tax consultant. As a result a lot of preparation is needed, which is a big effort for the all companies in Germany. Generating the reports (instance documents) and their upload to fiscal server is relatively simple and will become common practice soon.

Luckily product update 404 already offers possibility to do the biggest part of this job, so they are well prepared before their first reports need to be created and uploaded. If you want to know more about this topic, please check release notes for product update 404, which will be available soon.