The Top 11 Things to Know About v11

The WHY in of CloudSuite v11 in just 20 minutes! Before you learn HOW to go to v11 of the Lawson ERP system covering CloudSuite Financials & Supply Management and HCM. Join Richard Leigh Stout, a Partner at RPI and Chief Technologist, live in person (not the bobble head), and Keith Wayland, RPI’s Managing Partner, both leaders at RPI to understand the top 11 reasons WHY you should make the move. This is a webinar every business user should watch to understand the opportunities v11 offers and will help you position this transformational project within your organization.

Transcript

Speaker 1:

Our first webinar today is The Top 11 Things in version 11. And without further ado, I’d like to present to you, Keith Wayland and Mr. Richard Stout. Enjoy.

Richard Leigh Stout:

All right, thanks Jackie.

Keith Wayland:

Thank you, Jackie, for that wonderful introduction. And thank all of you out there today for taking a little bit of time from your morning to attend our webinar on the Top 11 Reasons to move to CloudSuite v11. This is an update on a speed session and we did at Infor just a couple of months ago, and really it could be called the top 11 things we’re excited about with version 11. There’s a lot to like out there, and we feel like this is an opportunity to bring some attention to some of that feature functionality and some of those business opportunities.

Richard Leigh Stout:

For sure.

Keith Wayland:

But first we’re going to turn the clicker on and then second-

Richard Leigh Stout:

But wait, there’s more.

Keith Wayland:

There’s more, I want to talk about RPI.

Richard Leigh Stout:

RPI Consultants, RPI Consultants, that’s us. I think a lot of our audiences is familiar and hopefully has had a chance to work with us before, but RPI Consultants was founded in the waning years of the Clinton administration and has seen a lot of ups and downs since then, but it has maintained as an independent consulting firm focused on Lawson and Infor Solutions. We’re super excited about CloudSuite and version 11, and we’ve had some great opportunities to get hands-on with the software early on. And we have a large team of trained and certified consultants who have gotten early access, have started on projects and are really looking forward to-

Keith Wayland:

Pushing the envelope.

Richard Leigh Stout:

To pushing the envelope and helping a lot of customers over the next few years, move on to this great new platform.

Keith Wayland:

Great. So that’s enough about RPI. If you want to know more about RPI, email questions at rpic.com and I promise Mr. Bill Getty will get back to you. Today’s agenda, we’re going to talk about 11. And that’s pretty much what we’re going to do. So without further ado, the number one reason to move to CloudSuite v11, get thee some mobility because it’s 2018, almost 19, and your CEO should be able to approve stuff on our iPad.

Richard Leigh Stout:

Yeah. I mean, it’s sometimes hard to remember that only a couple of years ago, our primary interface for our ERP system was shackled to Internet Explorer, [crosstalk 00:00:02:52], on our windows desktop. And Lawson’s come along way, it’s had a lot of browser compatibility, but still, the modern workforce demands a way to interact with the system, on the go, on a tablet, on a phone or just different ways of getting into the system. I mean, looking forward to even call in where we can speak and hear responses back or chat and get answers back.

Richard Leigh Stout:

There’s definitely a lot of different ways now that we interact with software that have moved beyond the desktop and this platform is built from the ground up to enable that. It’s not a bolt on, it’s not an afterthought-

Keith Wayland:

It’s a completely re thought UI basically.

Richard Leigh Stout:

Exactly. And it’s a technology foundation that was built to make that possible without a lot of extra effort from the developer’s part.

Keith Wayland:

So this UI has a completely different navigation that is role based, it’s intuitive, and this is what’s called responsive design. So it’s neutral what device you’re accessing it through that you can see that information and so forth. And we think this is a good step in the right direction. It also requires a lot less maintenance in terms of installing and maintaining separate mobile applications and things of that nature.

Richard Leigh Stout:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Keith Wayland:

Number two reason to be excited about version 11 CloudSuite.

Richard Leigh Stout:

It’s workflow that matches how you work and what does that mean? It’s a process driven application.

Keith Wayland:

Yeah, that’s huge.

Richard Leigh Stout:

Yeah. When we think about Lawson, Lawson was essentially an older ERP system, [crosstalk 00:04:36]. This is the model. They were basically a glorified database system. Their database system reforms overlaying this tables. And what that means is that, although we have some data validation, business logic, and some [inaudible 00:00:04:49], a lot of the actual workflow of how users use the system to get their job done. That doesn’t reside within the application.

Richard Leigh Stout:

It resides within training guides. It resides within test scripts and it resides within people’s minds. Here with CloudSuite, CloudSuite was built by consultants who are out in the field and understand how Lawson was used for a long time. All of that input was funneled in to the design and development of CloudSuite. and our CloudSuite HCM and CloudSuite FSM applications are built with the user in mind in terms of managing and walking them through their business processes. It’s not simply in the background waiting for people to execute processes upon it.

Keith Wayland:

I mean, I couldn’t agree more, so while one is transaction driven, let me store data, the other is process-driven. How does this move throughout the organization and get approved process edited, et cetera? So we think that’s a big leap forward. It’s sort of a rethinking. There are a lot of the guts in CloudSuite that are similar to Lawson. It’s an evolutionary step, but there’s a lot more prebuilt process stuff that can be leveraged. So it’s very exciting. Number three reason to be excited about version 11 CloudSuite, a GL structure that super flex. Now we’ve gotten a lot of attention to this concept of dimensions, which basically means you have an expanded and more flexible GL code block. And that’s really cool, that offers some opportunities to track at an indexing level that makes it easier to report and extract data more different types of information.

Keith Wayland:

So it’s not only can I more efficiently maintain and set up how I track the transactions that are processing throughout my organization to help me manage that performance and enable more information? But I also make it easier for people to access that i