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2020 Food and Beverage Manufacturing Study

2020 Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Survey – Special COVID-19 Edition

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2020 Food and Beverage Manufacturing StudySpecial Edition: COVID-19 and the Food & Beverage Industry

NexTec Group recently finished a survey of over 100 Food and Beverage Manufacturers across the US. This year, we wanted to learn how food and beverage manufacturers are responding to the coronavirus crisis and how they are preparing for the “new normal.” 85% of the respondents have experienced supply chain disruptions and a majority indicated that their ERP and CRM software has been highly valuable in managing through these turbulent times.

Download the report to see what else we found out, including

  • The effect the pandemic has had on demand for products and the supply chain
  • What contingency or continuity plans food and beverage manufacturers had in place
  • The actions they have taken or plan to take in response to the pandemic
  • What software and technology manufacturers found most valuable during the pandemic
  • What new software and technology manufacturers plan to use as a result of the pandemic

Download the report

We hope this report provides you with some insight and helps you plan for the future. Should you need any advice on ERP, CRM, or BI software or how to set up your operations to help mitigate issues during a crisis and put your company on the path to a strong, solid future, please contact us using the form on the right.

Take care and stay safe,
Your friends at NexTec Group

Webcast: Sage X3 optimization strategies

Webcast: Sage X3 optimization strategies

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With the global pandemic affecting supply chains, many of our prospects and customers are using the downtime to optimize their operations to prepare for what comes next. Our team of ERP and manufacturing industry experts are available and are here to help. We have services tailored to identify process improvement and optimization opportunities in your organization, and to help drive the adoption of software features already in use.

Watch our webcast to learn about the current optimization programs you can take advantage of that include:

Rapid optimization

Are you making use of every Sage X3 feature capable of adding value to your business? NexTec has rapid optimization services packages for the following features:

  • Supply Chain Modules (MRP/MPS)
  • Quality Control
  • Picking / Packing Advanced Features
  • Cycle Counting
  • Fixed Assets
  • Recurring Journals
  • Banking Automation
  • Cash Management

Documentation services

Documentation and document control is extremely important for any business, especially those that are heavily regulated. Is your documentation current and up to industry standards? Would more and better collateral help your company facilitate training? NexTec offers services to help with the following:

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Training Guides/Video
  • Work Instructions
  • GMP or other regulatory compliance/validation documents
  • End user training documentation
  • Extended role-based release notes
  • Maintenance of or updates to existing documentation

Audit services

NexTec offers system and business process audits to truly optimize your business. We can review your current processes in Sage X3 to fine tune your current ERP practices and plan future ways to take advantage of more functionality. We can also take a broader business or process level approach geared toward challenging conventional wisdom in an organization, including root cause analysis and continuous improvement methodology.

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Message from NexTec Management Regarding COVID-19

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Woman working in a food production plant.

Stay safe and we will get through this together.

To our NexTec community,

We are aware of the uncertainty and potential impact that COVID-19 is creating in our home and work environments and wish the best for all who are affected directly or indirectly.  Our top priority for the immediate future is the health of our employees, customers and business partners, and we are monitoring events closely as they unfold.  NexTec remains open for business and will continue existing projects and offer support on an as-needed basis, but we will be making a few changes to how we work with you.

NexTec will continue to work remotely to support you while travel is scaled back. When face to face meetings aren’t possible, frequent communication becomes even more important. Please stay in touch with us so that we can stay abreast of your needs or changing work environments.  We will make every effort to accommodate you. NexTec’s client service ethic remains unchanged, though today’s circumstances are challenging. 

Please let any of us here know how we can help you in the coming weeks.

Take care,
Your friends at NexTec

Google Chrome 80 and Synchronous XHR with Sage X3

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On Feb 24, 2020, Version 80 of Google Chrome was released. For more information about this update see the official Google release article.

Users working with Sage X3 in the Chrome 80 browser will find that, when a Classic session is closed directly in the browser (clicking X in the top right of the Chrome browser), the Classic session is not terminated at the server end. This may cause a record to lock, if the same user, or another user, attempts to access the record that was being edited in the original session and was closed incorrectly. The cause is a change in Chrome 80 and onwards that disallows “Synchronous XHR during page dismissal”

Sage X3 will be releasing fixes to this issue in the following Syracuse releases:

  • Syracuse server version 12.6.0
  • Syracuse server version 11.20
  • Syracuse server version 9.20.0

In the meantime, each end-user of Sage X3 can temporarily re-enable the Synchronous XHR during page dismissal feature by opting out of that piece of the update. Please refer to the steps below to find out what version of Google Chrome you are on and how to opt-out of the change.

If you are using a browser other than Google Chrome (Microsoft Edge, Mozilla FireFox, etc.) there is no action you need to take.

To find your version of Chrome

  1. Click the Settings Ellipsis (the three dots in the upper-left corner of the browser.)

  2. Click Help and then select About Google Chrome

  3. Your version will be displayed

Temporarily opt out of the deprecated synchronous XHR during page dismissal

To temporarily opt out of the deprecated synchronous XHR during page dismissal, follow these steps:

  1. Click
  2. Click Allow Sync XHR in Page Dismissal

  3. Click Learn More to read over the relevant information pertaining to the opt-out trial.

Opt out and allow Synchronous HHR during page dismissal

For your end-user to opt-out, and allow the Synchronous XHR during page dismissal feature, they need to follow these steps:

  1. In your browser address bar, type chrome://flags
  2. In the Search box at the top type of the screen, type #allow-sync-XHR-in-page-dismissal
  3. Change the setting from Default to Enabled
  4. Log out of Sage X3 and close all instances of your Google Chrome browser before logging back into Sage X3

If you have any questions on this or would like to discuss the implications for your particular environment, please don’t hesitate to reach out via Basecamp to the NexTec Sage X3 Support Team or contact your NexTec Project Manager.

Upcoming Microsoft LDAP Security Update with Sage X3

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A Windows Security Update from Microsoft will be available in March 2020 that will enable LDAP channel binding and LDAP signing hardening for Active Directory. For more information about this update, see the Official Microsoft Announcement.

Sage X3 environments configured to connect to Active Directory with LDAPS for user authentication or synchronization will continue to work normally. However, Sage X3 environments configured to connect to Active Directory with simple LDAP binding will encounter the following error once the security update is in effect:

Connection error: StrongAuthRequiredError: 00002028: LdapErr: DSID-0C090200, comment: The server requires binds to turn on integrity checking if SSL\TLS are not already active on the connection, data 0, v3839

For supported Sage X3 versions (U9, V11, V12), updating the Sage X3 configuration to use LDAPS instead of LDAP will avoid this error.

Here are the steps to change from LDAP to LDAPS:

    1. Obtain the Active Directory CA Certificate. For example, from the host holding the ADCS role open the Certificates Snap-in in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and then export the AD CA certificate from Personal/Certificates of the local computer.
    2. The certificate must be in Base64 format and not contain the private key.
    3. In Sage X3, go to Administration > Administration > Certificates > Certificates of Certification Authorities
    4. Select Actions > New CA Certificate
    5. Enter a name, description and upload the CA certificate exported previously
    6. Select Actions > Save
    7. Go to Administration > Administration > Authentication > LDAP Servers
    8. Click on the connection to edit
    9. Select Actions > Edit
    10. Set the correct protocol (LDAPS) and Port (636 or 3269) in the URL
    11. Click on the looking glass icon under CA Certificates of LDAP server for TLS
    12. Select the CA Certificate created previously, and then click OK
    13. Select Actions > Save
    14. Select Actions > Connection Test, and make sure it says Connection OK

For unsupported Sage X3 versions with LDAPS functionality (between V7P11 and U9), we advise to set up a test environment to check the compatibility of Sage X3 and the new security parameters described in the Microsoft announcement.

Sage X3 versions prior to V7P11 do not support LDAPS. In this case, the only way to keep Sage X3 connected to Active Directory will be to configure the new security parameters described in the Microsoft announcement back to their previous values. This is not recommended and we encourage you to upgrade to a more recent Sage X3 version instead.

If you have any questions on this or would like to discuss the implications for your particular environment, please don’t hesitate to use Basecamp to reach out to the NexTec Sage X3 Support Team or contact your NexTec Project Manager.

Webcast: Master The Art Of Innovative Budgeting In Sage X3

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The business landscape is constantly evolving, and organizations are having to develop processes, incorporate new technology, and adjust rapidly to meet with increased demands.

Finance teams need to automate repetitive tasks and cumbersome manual efforts, so they can focus their time on true analysis of data, delivering tools that are innovative, positively effect company performance, and assist in thriving to surpass business goals.

As a Sage ISV Rockstar partner, Prophix works seamlessly with Sage to streamline financial processes resulting in time saved, resources well managed and more time to focus on the things that really matter.

Watch this recorded webcast where we discussed how to:

  • Reduce the risk of errors and time spent on budgeting in spreadsheets
  • Forecast across multiple entities, business units, departments, and regions
  • Assign appropriate automate workflows in the budget process including submission and review processes
  • Build intuitive financial and operational scenario models to support evolving strategy

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Webcast: 2019 Year-End Closing for Sage X3 (recorded webcast)

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Acumatica Cloud ERP 2019 Year-End Guide

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Acumatica 2019 Year-End Close GuideAs 2019 comes to a close, now is a great time to review the year-end closing process so you’re prepared at the end of the year. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for year-end closing for Acumatica Cloud ERP that can help you through the entire process. Whether this is your first time closing the books or if you need a little refresher, this guide will help you and your team through the year-end closing process. We understand how stressful this time of year could be and want to make sure you and your team have a smooth and seamless closing process.

We cover all the proper procedures and processes to ensure your organization successfully closes your year end books with ease. Our comprehensive guide walks you through the following year-end closing processes in Acumatica Cloud ERP:

  • Accounts Payable Period Close
  • Accounts Receivable Period Close
  • Banking Period Close
  • Inventory Period Close
  • Fixed Assets Period Close
  • General Ledger Period Close
  • Year-End

We’ve included screenshots, links and tips to help you through each of the processes.

Download the guide

If you have any questions about Acumatica Cloud ERP’s year-end closing process or if you’d like to learn more about how Acumatica Cloud ERP can benefit your business, please contact us by using the form to the right.

Webinar: Software to overcome challenges in the cannabis edibles and infused beverages market

By | Cannabis, Events, Food and Beverage, Recorded webcasts, Sage X3 | No Comments

Watch as our cannabis and food and beverage industry experts discuss the current edibles and infused beverages market and the marketing, operational and distribution challenges companies face. Learn how our CannaBusiness ERP solution, built on Sage X3, can help you overcome these challenges.

Webcast Agenda:

  • Market overview
  • Marketing Challenges
  • Operational Challenges
  • Distribution Challenges
  • Demo

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