New Features in G5, version 22.2
Here's a summary of the major new features in MONITOR G5 for version 22.2, broken down by our teams that specialize in developing each area of the system. We hope you'll find this useful and interesting. For more detailed information on new development, you can visit the Changelog for each version.
During this sprint we’ve been able to close a lot of development to be included in the new version.
On a manufacturing order, we can now report more than the planned quantity for a material with the traceability level Serial number. This is useful when you need to report one or more parts as rejected.
Other long-awaited development is that we now have support for reporting manufacturing orders with traceability in the mobile client.
The CDT calculation now has much better support for work centers with pool planning. In addition to better results, we can also see a major performance improvement for BOM and routing where a pool work center is used on one of the operations.
There is a new system setting that determines if automatic reporting of material on manufacturing orders should be restricted, so as not to report more than the planned quantity. This makes it possible to avoid reporting double quantities when pick lists and automatic reporting is combined.
A new manual status on manufacturing order operations is now available. This can be used for tool status, program status, etc. The value is added in priority planning, and is visible in the Recording terminal.
The lead time chart in the manufacturing module has been updated. It now resembles the one used for Projects. We've also added a toggle button in the toolbar that enables you to replan either the single operation or the entire order.
The team has resolved 56 issues, of which 38 were reported by customers. These include:
In the next sprint, we'll keep working with support for recording Location in the recording terminal. And in BOM and routing, we're developing support for a density register and will continue to work with improvements for the Mobile Recording terminal.
Our developers have been working very hard, and we've managed to close a lot of development features. You'll be able to enjoy many new useful functions in version 22.2!
Our main focus ahead of this release is shown here:
It took some time to resolve this functionality in the system, while ensuring it would work with G4. You can now send cases from one MONITOR system to another. It's also possible to use the ‘Import desk component’ with a case, and there will be a dialogue for the incoming values to be validated before import.
Some of our customers have a major need to make changes in the traceability tree. If a serial number or batch is replaced in the system that has been delivered, the traceability tree also needs to be updated accordingly.
We have been working hard on a process to enable this, and the solution is to use the “manual level list”, with some additional columns.
The final piece of the puzzle (for now at least) is the turnover ratio analysis. The calculation is pretty much the same as in G4, and we've added the fields in the part register to save the turnover ratio for each part.
The list called "Standard" has now been changed to “Detailed by location”, and the list called “Detailed” has now changed to "Standard". This is to do with an issue that is caused by the Stock transaction log and locations (a well-known G4 issue, with renamed locations).
During this sprint we’ve been focusing mainly on two ongoing projects, Customer agreement and Customer order transfer (COT), with configuration.
And we're happy to announce we've reached our goal to release Customer agreements in version 22.2. We're also still working on adding additional functionality for the customer agreement procedures.
In the Sales module, we've now released Customer agreements, which can be found under the Agreements box (see above).
This procedure allows you to register customer agreements and invoice your customers based on a given invoicing interval.
To learn more about some of the features within customer agreements – and how to use them in your day-to-day activities – watch our New Features in G5 video by following this link.
On the Modified purchase order document it is now possible to select only to show the modified purchase order rows. This setting will hide all rows that have not been subject to change.
When importing order responses or customer orders via MONITOR-to-MONITOR in MONITOR G5, we now handle the transport time in a similar way to MONITOR G4. Before this change, there could be differences between the delivery date in sender’s system and the system carrying out the import.
In order to make the delivery process more seamless for the user, we've made some adjustments relating to the following procedures:
Using the list type Picking in progress, it is now possible to create a shipment, including the selected pick lists. Relating to this, we've made some UI adjustments and are now using an Include column combined with action buttons in the grid toolbar. In addition, the Reprint tab is now always active.
We're now using alternating row colors in the Package structure grid, and in the Document tab, all transport labels are now selected by default. We also have a new function making it possible to include selected packages into a new packaging part in an simple way.
It's now possible to edit the Shipping agent's shipment no. field, if the plugin is Other. It's also possible to trigger EDI export of a complex dispatch advice.
The team has resolved 55 issues, of which 36 were reported by customers.
We will retain our focus on COT with configuration.
Beside this, we'll also be working on the following:
Additional functionality for customer agreements
Variable receiving inspection
In total we've closed 50 development items during the sprint, which are a mix of country specific developments as well as standard functionality. Below you can read a summary of some of the development carried out in this version.
The percentage-of-completion method (PCM) for projects has now been implemented for MONITOR G5. The percentage-of-completion method is used to handle work in progress at year-end closing. This means income is registered as services are being performed and material is consumed, while income is accrued and costs recognized as expenses when resources are consumed.
For more detail about this method, visit the Changelog for version 22.2.
Customer agreement is a new area of development in this version.
The Finance team has developed the area concerning accrual accounting from invoices created from agreements. Only agreements with the invoicing method “In advance” can be marked with accrual accounting. When the agreement is marked with accrual accounting, an accrual accounting post will automatically be created when the invoice is approved.
A new setting has been added to the documents Payment reminder, Statement, and Statement balance/customer, in the Sales tab in the procedure's document setting. This setting determines if the invoice address will be loaded from an invoice or the customer register.
We've now added the capability to print advance invoices with a separate invoice number series. This can be configured under the sales tab, in the Number series procedure.
This has been a highly requested area of development from companies loading data to VAT reports via the VAT code in General ledger transactions. With this system setting, it's now possible to update VAT code in the voucher list.
During this sprint, we've resolved 87 issues, of which 49 are linked to support cases.
During the next sprint we´ll be focusing on the following development:
One of our focus areas in this sprint has been printing improvements, and the new printing dialog for manufacturing orders.
We've also continued work on adding support for Microsoft SQL Server. In version 22.2, it will also be possible to add user-defined languages (non-ISO). Other important work to highlight is our new backup solution.
And, as usual, we've carried out a lot of smaller improvements and fixes.
The new dialog will allow the user to control the printout order of linked files, and provides the ability to change settings such as number of copies, orientation, color, duplex and paper size. It also comes with a new look and improved performance.
In version 22.2, we have implemented the new printer dialog in Print manufacturing order, and we'll be gradually adding this to Priority Planning and Register manufacturing order in the weeks ahead. A setting for activating the new dialog can be found in MONITOR's Backstage.
The new solution offers easier and more user-friendly setups of backup jobs, by handling everything in Installation Manager, while using Microsoft task-scheduler as scheduler.
E-mail notification can be customized for each job itself, or in general.
This will be rolled out to our customers in different stages, and is not tied to the release of version 22.2.
There are multiple ongoing customer projects in which we are helping customers to go live for the first time, as well as helping customers currently using SQL Anywhere to move up to MSSQL. Alongside this, we will also continue to develop new functionality to enable easier transfer to the new SQL solution.
We'll continue our work on MSSQL, implementing the new printing dialog into more procedures and starting the work on our business adaptation plugin functionality – or BAP for short.
BAP will allow users to have plugins running directly in different procedures. These plugins will be created by our Adaptation department.