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Exact Globe Next product update 404 and Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 are generally available

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

As of now Exact Globe Next product update 404 and Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 are generally available, which marks the end of the controlled release period which started in May 2012.

As you could read in the controlled release announcement, we have extended our offering with numerous enhancements to both Exact Globe Next product update 404 and Exact Synergy Enterprise 249. The new features have been developed in order to facilitate the needs of our main target markets – professional services organizations, wholesale trade and manufacturing customers. Besides those improvements, we have added features based on direct customer feedback, changes that are required by regional legislation and business standards.

To view the complete overview of new developments, please visit Exact Product News website. On the Exact Product News website you can find all the news specifically for you by clicking on an item in the top bar. You can select a product line, your industry or a business process to find all the news that applies to the Exact software your business uses.

If you have any questions regarding the new product updates, please comment on this blog post.

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.

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.

Changes in supporting Microsoft SQL Servers

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

Exact’s system requirements follow Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for those Microsoft products which are required for Exact Globe Next, Exact Synergy and Exact Synergy Enterprise. Consequently, with Exact Globe Next product update 404 and Exact Synergy product update 404, planned generally available as of July 2012, we will stop supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000. As of Exact Globe Next product update 405, planned generally available as of October 2012, we will start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Additionally, as of Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249, planned generally available as of July 2012, we will start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Please see below an overview of changes and implications per product line. Should you need additional information regarding Microsoft SQL Server lifecycle policy, please refer to this document.

Exact Globe customers

As of Exact Globe Next product update 404 and higher we will stop supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000, so you are advised to upgrade your Microsoft SQL Server before updating Exact Globe Next. When updating to Exact Globe Next product update 404 or higher, a warning will be shown that Exact Globe Next doesn’t support Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Please note that when a user opens an Exact Globe Next company a check will be executed to detect the Microsoft SQL Server version. If the check detects the Microsoft SQL Server 2000, opening this company will not be possible.

In order to open companies in Exact Globe Next you are advised to update your Microsoft SQL Server to version 2005, 2008 or 2008R2. To be able to work with Exact Globe Next with extended functionality you need to update to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.

Please note that as of Exact Globe Next product update 405, planned generally available as per October 2012, we will start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

If you participate in the Microsoft Software Assurance program, you are entitled to upgrade your Microsoft SQL Server free of charge. Please check Microsoft website for more information. If you use the desktop edition (MSDE) of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 you can download the Express Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008/2008R2 free of charge. Please refer to this Microsoft page.

Please be advised to always backup your Exact administrations (databases) before updating.

 

Exact Synergy customers

As of Exact Synergy product update 404 and higher we will stop supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000, so you are advised to upgrade your Microsoft SQL Server in advance before updating Exact Synergy. When updating to Exact Synergy product update 404 or higher, a warning will be shown that Exact Synergy doesn’t support Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Please note that when a user opens an Exact Synergy company a check will be executed to detect the Microsoft SQL Server version. If the check detects the Microsoft SQL Server 2000, opening this company will not be possible.

Please note that Exact Synergy will not support Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Please be advised to always backup your Exact administrations (databases) before updating.

 

Exact Synergy Enterprise customers

As of Exact Synergy Enterprise product update 249 and higher we will start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012 in addition to the currently supported Microsoft SQL server versions (SQL Server 2008R2, SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005).

Please be advised to always backup your Exact administrations (databases) before updating.

 

Changes summary 

Exact Globe PU 404 and higher stop supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000
PU 405 and higher start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exact Synergy PU 404 and higher stop supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Exact Synergy Enterprise PU 249 and higher start supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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-WMS in product update 404 – sneak peek on the new UI

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

With Exact Globe product update 404, E-WMS will offer a completely changed user interface (UI) for the hand terminal. Based on a direct feedback from our partners, the message for us was clear, E-WMS should look more trendy. Of course, E-WMS should also still be usable by the employees in the warehouse, so we paid attention to user feedback such as ‘too small texts’ and ‘tiny buttons’.

Along with a changed UI, we also included some UX (user experience, usability) enhancements. For example when choosing an item code in a browser list, you don’t have to confirm that item code anymore when returning to the main screen. It will be automatically selected for you.

Another UX change is replacing the READY and LINE READY button by one button: the STOP button. When pressing STOP, you will see a list of context sensitive choices of how you want to progress (or stop).

This new interface will require a new client on the hand terminal. This client app will cache objects on the device, in order to make the scanning experience smoother. The client is still told by an IIS server what to show, and also still requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5, so usage is intended for Windows CE and Windows Mobile. The current ERF client will still be supported (for now) but we expect and intend the new UI to be used by default.

Ok, by now you are certainly eager to see some screenshots; here we go. Please click here to view them. For comparison: on the left the current (old) UI, on the right the new UI. Please mind that those are not final screens, we still need to work on for example buttons naming.