New features in MONITOR G5 – version 22.1
Starting this month, we'll be bringing you a summary of the major new features in MONITOR G5 for each version, broken down by our teams that specialize in developing each area of the system. We hope you'll find this useful. For more detailed information on new development, you can visit the Changelog for each version.
In this sprint we’ve been focusing mainly on resolving issues and working on some solutions for measuring data.
After the measuring items have been reported (both for Purchase and Manufacturing), a new tab is activated where you'll find a protocol with the reported data. This can be printed or sent by e-mail.
In the Measuring data log (purchase and manufacturing) columns are now provided in the Total list type that show how many measuring items are still to be reported. This is really useful to get an idea of the backlog for measurement.
For manufacturing, data is collected from all registered orders; for purchase, the part must be arrival reported to be shown in the summary.
For systems with the Part configurator option, there’s a new system setting where you can configure for the part's Extended description to be copied to the Option comment. As the comment can be edited, this can be useful if you need to have a basic text as default, that you need to edit for this specific order.
The team has resolved 21 program issues, of which 14 were reported by customers. These include:
During the next sprint we'll be focusing on measuring data, and also look at performance for CDT calculations. We'll also create a new field in the priority plan to support the G4 functionality for “Tool status”. And finally, we'll start work on making it easier to clock in and out when working from home.
We’ve managed to close 20 issues (32 support cases within issues and development items) in this short sprint, with plenty of holiday spirit! We’ve started up a lot of development, although not so much has been finalized for delivery, with the resolution of issues a priority in this period.
Our main focus ahead of this release is shown here:
We used to only allow five decimals in the unit conversion, and this was a problem for users that had Kg (kilogram) and wanted to convert to Mg (microgram) – this wasn’t possible. We've now added a decimal, which means it's possible to convert in this scenario.
We're also working on an improved user interface for the Move stock balance function. This will be introduced for selected pilot customers to try out in version 22.1. We'll continue to develop this further when we get feedback from the tests.
During this sprint we’ve been focusing mainly on two ongoing projects, Sales agreement and Customer order transfer (COT) with configuration.
In the Delivery planning procedure we've introduced a new list type: Picking plan – Per customer. This can be used to plan deliveries for each customer.
Rather than grouping order rows based on status, you can now look at a customer and view the order rows that are ready for delivery – and add them to the same pick list.
We've fine-tuned validation and correction handling when importing purchase dispatch advice transactions.
Via a new checkbox in the column header in the Result box, you can now select all or no records for the Packing list and the Transport label – package structure. And, yes, in the next sprint we'll also make the transport labels all selected by default.
The team has resolved 38 issues, of which 26 were reported by customers.
Our focus will remain with Sales agreement and COT with configuration, as well as:
In total we've closed 38 development items during the sprint, a mix of country specific-development and standard functionality. Here's a summary of the major development we carried out for this version.
From reporting month January 2022, inclusive, it will be mandatory to report two new items of data for all companies in the EU that report export to Intrastat:
The country of origin is shown as a new column in the Intrastat export procedure. This information is loaded from the Company information procedure, that is, the Country field in the General information about warehouse box.
The VAT registration number is shown as a new column in the Intrastat export procedure. This is loaded from the VAT registration number field in Customer register.
More information about these changes can be found here.
From the reporting month of January 2022, a new VAT reporting procedure applies in Norway. This has more new records and is based on standard SAF-T codes. In this version, a new VAT report (number 22) has been added for this purpose. After the update, the report will automatically be set as the default report in the Print VAT report procedure.
You'll have to continue reporting VAT manually in Altinn. In an upcoming release, the system will also support the export of XML files through automatic upload to Altinn.
More detailed information can be found in the Changelog.
When printing accounting reports, we have made two improvements. Firstly, you can choose whether or not to wrap account names. This is done via the setting "Use row wrapping" in the Selection tab. If the setting is deactivated, the printout will be more compressed, because text that does not fit in the columns will be cut instead of appearing on the next line.
The second improvement is that reports can also be printed in A3 format. By using A3 format, you can build reports that have significantly more columns, without the risk of columns on the far right ending up on the next page. If you want reports printed in A3 format, the report needs to be set to be printed in that format. This can be set in the Create accounting report procedure by entering A3 in the Size field. You can also select whether the report should have a portrait or landscape orientation.
A new setting has been added for Invoicing plans: “Show configuration info”. When this setting is checked on an invoice plan, information about the configuration of the part will be added to the invoice for in advance/arrears.
During this sprint we've closed 27 program issues, with 6 patched and 17 linked to support cases.
During the next sprint we'll be focusing on the following development:
During the Christmas sprint the team’s main focus was to resolve issues, and when the sprint was over a total of 41 had been closed.
Visually, the appearance of boxes has been streamlined across color themes. What this means is boxes no longer have borders or different background colors. Besides making the user interface more unified, this also improves performance when starting procedures.
In order to fix a certain issue related to price comments, we’ve extended the functionality of the validation window by introducing items of information kind (until now, only warnings and errors were supported). Previously, when a price comment existed a window was automatically shown over the button, which drew the user's focus. With user experience in mind, we’ve decided it's better to show such information in the existing validation window, while still leaving focus in an editable field on the row.
The team has resolved 41 issues, of which 20 were reported by customers. These include:
We’re working really hard to finish support for converting Installation Manager backups from being run through the application server, to being scheduled in Windows Task Scheduler. We hope this will be completed during the next sprint.
Support for MSSQL continues, with focus on installation-related features.
For more detailed information about new development in this version, please consult the Changelog for version 22.1.