Dear Clients,

Here at NexLAN, we’re all about flexibility—Flexible Accounting Systems being our company tagline—which means our goal is to provide business and financial management systems to meet your company-specific needs, now and into the future.

Our mature, widely deployed suites of mid-tier accounting software products means many issues can be addressed with built-in configuration options—and that’s always our first goal as, paraphrasing the principle of Occam’s razor, simplest is best.

But what if your requirements aren’t configuration options, or you have unique value propositions that can provide a clear competitive advantage—if only you can do it efficiently? That’s when flexibility becomes your business superpower. If you’re a NexLAN client, then just like in the Marvel Comics movies, you have the latent power whether you know it or not! The realization, and then actualization, of the power of flexibility has catapulted numerous NexLAN clients to incredible growth and efficiency in their business operations.

Thus, we often focus on this theme here in our NewsLine as it truly holds the secret to business success and, once the superpower is realized, it then supercharges the entire organization. It just takes lighting the spark of, “How can our systems make us more efficient?” to truly change a business. And we see exactly this on a regular basis.

So, please let me encourage you to now take five minutes of quiet time to stare at the ceiling and consider, “What makes our business unique, and how can we be better at it?” Even if the answer isn’t improving the business management system, the results will be worthwhile!

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In other news…

AccountMate/LAN 10.3 is expected to ship in early May. How confident are we that it will? The end-user new features webinar is  scheduled for Thursday, May 13th, noon to 1:30pm CDT, so we’re pretty confident!

Our last newsline encouraged you to Dream a Little Dream of how you could improve your business processes, and gave a few examples. So, to help you germinate ideas, we’re starting a monthly “Dreams Come True” section of examples. To wit…

Dream Come True: We have several clients with product or service delivery destinations that vary—so they’re not “regularly scheduled routes.” Every day is different and it’s a challenge to optimally route their delivery and service vehicles. Neither AccountMate nor Acumatica have delivery routing as built-in functionality, but there are numerous vertical solutions which specialize in this. We’ve integrated to several with both manual and automatic export of pertinent delivery address and expected TAD (time at destination). The clients now enjoy all the functionality and flexibility of their accounting software with the added functionality of optimized delivery routing for the small effort of a simple export!

Regards,
Kevin E. Stroud
NexLAN, LLC
https://nexlan.com 

JobCost Webinar May 26, 2021

Does your company use job costing or project accounting to manage finances? JobCost provides all the tools you need to manage your costs and profitability by job.

JobCost is an AccountMate-integrated solution for small to mid-sized contractors, subcontractors, and other companies that perform jobs on site for their customers, such as roofing and plumbing contractors—and any job-oriented company with unique business needs.
 
It’s tightly integrated with the AP, AR, PR, IC, PO and SO modules, making it easy to learn and use.
 
Simply put, JobCost lets you look at everything by job! 

“How am I doing? I’m 95% complete, I’ve gone over on labor, I still have materials left.”
 
“Here’s a summary showing what we estimated, change orders, retention percentages earned [or itemized time and materials], what we’ve invoiced you, what you’ve paid, and what remains.”
 
Learn about the many features in JobCost by iSOFT Systems and see it in action (it looks just like a familiar AccountMate module).

Update: AccountMate users can watch a recording of this 1-hour webinar by logging in to AccountMate’s site, then going to Education > Webcasts On-demand > Vertical Solution Providers and scrolling down to the JobCost entry.

June 7-21, 2021 Online Core Product Training for AccountMate/SQL

Kick off your summer by upping your AccountMate game with a comprehensive class—or cherry-pick the session(s) and module(s) of interest to you.

Covering the core modules of System Manager, General Ledger, Purchase Orders, Accounts Payable, Inventory Control, Sales Orders, Accounts Receivable and Bank Reconciliation, the class includes hands-on exercises to facilitate the learning process and one-on-one interaction with the instructor.

Totaling 38 hours over 11 days, this is a deep dive into the modules most all clients use and is valuable for both novice and experienced users. It’s priced at $2,500/attendee or $300/session—but don’t forget your annual free and discounted seats with your Lifecycle subscription.

Click here for Course OverviewCourse Outline, and Course Schedule—then reach out to us if you don’t see your favorite module listed, or if you’d like training personalized to your business processes and modifications. We’re always standing by in the cornfields!

AccountMate Tech Note: Understanding the Sales Order Credit Hold Feature

The Sales Order Credit Hold feature helps you manage your customers’ credit transactions. Using this feature to its full capacity will help you improve control of credit verification, holds, and approvals. It also increases operational productivity and lessens the risk of forgetting credit issues because the process is cut short.

You can directly create a sales quote but put it on hold instead of converting the sales quote to a sales order. For example, when a customer who has exceeded their credit limit places an order, the salesperson can proceed to create a sales order but put it on hold instead of saving it as a sales quote. The credit manager, when notified of the credit hold, can then hold an immediate investigation and decide whether or not to release the credit hold.

Full details are in our Article #1301: Understanding the Sales Order Credit Hold Feature.

AccountMate Tech Note: Effectively Utilizing the AccountMate Security Features

AccountMate provides tight security features to address growing concerns of fraud by providing user and group security for effective separation of responsibilities.

Our Article #1213: Effectively Utilizing the AccountMate Security Features discusses the functionality in detail so you can then design your own company-specific security procedures.

AccountMate Tech Note: Understanding the Customer Finance Charge Feature

Finance charges are additional fees imposed for nonpayment of obligations within a specific period of time. AccountMate calculates and applies finance charges on past-due invoices based on parameters defined in the AR Module Setup, Pay Code Maintenance, and Customer Maintenance functions.

Our Article #1060: Understanding the Customer Finance Charge Feature discusses the requisites before finance charges can be applied and how AccountMate calculates finance charges with sample calculations.

AccountMate Technical Tips

 Versions: AM12 for SQL and Express
AM11 for SQL and Express
AM10 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM9 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM8 for LAN

Module: GL

Q: Can I create a subgroup under an existing account group in the Balance Sheet and Income Statement?

A: Yes, you can by using the Report Level feature in Account Group Maintenance. To do this, perform the following:

  1. Verify the Account Group ID assigned to the existing account group (e.g., A1110).
  2. Create a new Account Group ID in the Account Group Maintenance function under the existing account group (e.g., A1110-1); then, assign 2 as the Report Level.
  3. Assign the new Account Group ID to all the GL Account IDs that must be under the subgroup in Charts of Accounts Maintenance.

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Versions: AM 12 for SQL and Express
AM11 for SQL and Express
AM10 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM9 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM8 for LAN

Module: PR

Q: We have a new SUTA rate that must be used in the next payroll run and onwards. The old SUTA rate applies to existing payroll transactions. There is only one SUTA Rate field in PR Module Setup. Should I change the old rate with the new one?

A: Yes; change the SUTA rate in the PR Module Setup ► State ► SUTA Rate field for the applicable state; then, click OK. This new SUTA rate will be used when calculating the employer SUTA contribution on your next payroll run. It will not change the rate used in existing payroll transactions.

If there is a need to recalculate SUTA, then pay special attention to the dates entered in the Check Date Range fields of the Recalculate FUTA/SUTA Amount function. This function uses the existing rate in the PR Module Setup ► State ► SUTA Rate field to recalculate the SUTA amount in the applicable checks; thus, you must enter a date range for which the new SUTA rate applies.

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Versions: AM 12 for SQL and Express
AM11 for SQL and Express
AM10 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM9 for SQL, Express and LAN
AM8 for LAN

Modules: All

Q: When running reports, I get an error “UFL ‘u212com.dll’ that implements this function is missing”. What’s up with that?

A: As a Microsoft Windows desktop application, AccountMate reports depend on locally installed runtime files and DLL (Dynamic Linked Libraries) that can be deleted or overwritten by Windows or other applications—and once they “go missing,” you’ll need to reinstall them by performing these steps:

  1. Verify that the Windows User Account Control (UAC) is turned off (set to Never Notify). You can turn this back on after the last step. Consult your System Administrator if you are not familiar with this Windows feature.
  2. Verify that there is no pending or uninstalled Windows Update (even optional updates). If there are, then install the updates before you proceed.
  3. Restart the machine. Then log in as an administrator or a user with administrative rights on the machine.
  4. Reinstall the runtime files according to the screen-by-screen instructions available here and don’t hesitate to give us a call for free telephone and email support if you need helping finding the installation files for your version.

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