Three reports your warehouse managers should have on their ERP dashboard

Being a warehouse manager requires a person to juggle balls, torches, and chainsaws all day long. The only sure thing is that someone will toss a sword at you sometime during the day. But…your warehouse ERP can help. Here are a couple of ideas that will ease the pressure (a little).

1. Orders due to ship today and not yet in the warehouse

If the items on any order are at hand, one can always add a body or two and get them boxed, labeled and shipped. It is the orders that are not on hand that cause stress. A dashboard that identifies those items you still need is helpful. And if the dashboard also shows where they are now or were at last report, you also know who to call for a right-now status. Remind that person the item they are still working on needs to ship today and suggest they contact the salesperson immediately if it won’t get to the warehouse in time to ship today. If the item is a purchased part, have the same conversation with the buyer.


2. PO receipts due, and which ones are urgent

When the UPS driver leaves a large pile of boxes on the dock, they all look the same. Every one is brown cardboard with a packing slip inside an envelope. The one that people on the other side of the building have been impatiently waiting for does not glow in the dark and there is no spotlight shining on it. The majority of those boxes have parts and material that are needed for a job isn’t scheduled for a few days yet. They can sit until the urgent ones are handled. This ERP dashboard would show purchase orders due immediately, or within the next few days that are urgently required for a job or customer shipment. Look at all the boxes in the pile and find those few first and then process them right away. This dashboard depends on up-to-date purchase orders and operations that actually follow the production schedule.


3. Operational efficiency

Measuring warehouse efficiency is difficult. The shop often sees all their work engineered to the minute and knows the engineers have worked hard to make the employees efficient and effective. The warehouse often does not have that support. Ask the engineers to develop standards for unpacking and processing a PO receipt. Learn how long it should take to kit and deliver materials for a production job. Now use your dashboard to measure your employees work against these standards. Gut feel that everyone is working well is not enough. You might find you really have too many people when they all learn to work to standards – who knows?

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Successful ERP reporting is an important step toward the success of any distribution business. How well do you know your business? What did you do today to make it better? How did you measure the improvement through your distribution ERP system? What should you work on improving tomorrow? Successful reporting is the key to answer these questions.
Inventory Reporting

Inventory reporting is important to most businesses but it is especially so in the distribution industry. You don’t just want the right product in the right place; you want to know it was transported to that place only a second ago and is already on its way toward the outbound dock door.

At the executive level, distribution ERP reporting should be monitoring inventory turns. Look at overall turns and the top and bottom 10% of your inventory. The bottom slowest movers might be candidates to wean out. Can you return them or push your customer to ship them as a fire sale item? Don’t wait for dust to settle on the box. The fastest movers are the stars. What can you do to get the next 5% to that rate? Who are the customers? How can you get more like them? How can you get more of their products? Sales, warehousing, and finance all need to see the data at macro and micro levels.

Order Management Reports
Incoming orders are important. They represent tomorrow’s paychecks. How many orders per day do you get? Is the flow regular or erratic? How much effort is needed to input an order? Do you need clerks to receive orders or can your customers enter them directly to your distribution ERP. When the order is in place, what reports are needed to get that order to your pickers? What would it take to have orders automatically placed by your customers and no changes accepted because the order is already on the FedEx truck? Sales ought to be watching these metrics along with top management.

Shipping Reports
Shipping is the reason your business exists. Measure lines shipped over time. Measure perfect orders shipped rate. Measure the throughput time from order to ship. Now use ERP reporting to disseminate all this information to the right departments. The warehouse needs this ERP data to manage throughput. Sales can use it in market distinction from the competition.

CRM Reporting
How about customer relationship management? Do you have a metric for customer satisfaction? Not just if their order shipped on time but are they really happy to do business with you and will they recommend you to their friends? The C-level folks should know. Sales should also watch for prospecting, marketing, selling rates, customer retention. Find simple metrics such as calls per rep per day and use them in targeted reports – that is the key to unlocking the potential of ERP reporting.

Financial Reporting
Don’t forget profit. What do you earn per account? How about earning per order or per day? You are in business to make a buck. Pay attention to how many you have left in your wallet.

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Using Application Management Suite With E-Business Suite 12.2

Customers are upgrading to EBS Release 12.2 to benefit from new features such as online patching, enhanced functional capabilities, and the new technology stack that includes Oracle WebLogic Server.

The Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite product is part of the Oracle Enterprise Manager product family. It can help with the various pre-upgrade and post-upgrade operations you’ll need to undertake as you implement Release 12.2. It also provides help with management of the new environment.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Management Capabilities

Application Management Suite includes system management, change management and performance monitoring features that can be used with supported Oracle E-Business Suite releases. Several features are built specifically for managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.

One set of features manage patch deployment using Online Patching:

Patch Management

New Features in Change Management

  • Customizations Discovery and Inventory Reporting: You can create a catalogue of the customizations in your E-Business Suite environments.
  • Online Patching Readiness: Run Readiness Reports check your customizations against Online Patching standards. These reports can be viewed directly from the graphical user interface.
  • Online Patching Automation: You can deploy Oracle-delivered patches or custom patches using a simplified automated patching process. One EBS 12.2 customer reduced their patching time by up to 80% when compared to online patching using command line options. Application Management Suite automates the online patching process, promoting patches from pre-production to production systems.  You can search the patches applied and view the patch worker logs online.
  • Patch Recommendations: Generate reports on E-Business Suite application patches, database patches and application tier patches that are recommended for a given E-Business Suite environment. This feature eliminates the need for DBAs to research patches in My Oracle Support and then manually checking if those patches have been applied to a specific E-Business Suite instance.
  • Scale in/Scale out: Adding or removing applications managed servers using command line options can be time-consuming. The Instance Administration User Interface provides a simple method to automate this process, saving time and simplifying the scaling in or scaling out of managed applications servers.

New Features in System Management

  • Technology Stack Monitoring: Application Management Suite can monitor multiple E-Business Suite 12.2 targets and their associated technology stack components. You can drill down into technology stack components (e.g. Oracle WebLogic Server) for additional configuration, status and performance metrics.
  • Health Checks:
    • Configuration Management and Compliance Standards management can be used to ensure E-Business Suite systems are healthy and operating as expected. You can check the health of technology configurations by monitoring and managing configurations. You can use Application Management Suite to compare technical configurations, technology stack versions, patches and customizations between two or more E-Business Suite instances, or from snapshots from two different time periods for the same instance. You can also compare run and patch editions before, during or after patching.
    • Compliance Standards allows you check security standards, industry standards, regulatory standards, mandatory database settings standards and any user-defined standards. You can receive notifications in the event of any changes, and in certain cases eliminate the need for manual intervention by automating the corrective actions required.
    • Service Test Infrastructure allows you to schedule tests to check the status and performance of various application components. For example, a service test can automatically check the login status of E-Business Suite environments by simulating a user login each morning (or any other desired time).

Using Application Management Suite during Pre and Post-upgrade Phases of an E-Business Suite 12.2 upgrade

The primary purpose of Application Management Suite is to monitor and manage multiple E-Business Suite targets. For the purposes of your upgrade project, these E-Business Suite targets may be test, development, QA or any other pre-production environments. During the implementation stage, you can rely on availability and performance of these pre-production systems for functional testing, development and user acceptance, or to simulate production scenarios such as period end closing. Pre-upgrade projects typically require engagement from large numbers of technical resources including DBAs, helpdesk personnel, developers and other contractors. Productivity of these resources can be increased by using the advanced automation capabilities of the Application Management Suite during the pre-upgrade implementation process.

After the upgrade is complete, Application Management Suite can be used for  monitoring the E-Business Suite technology stack, automating the online patching process, deploying customizations, cloning automation, and performance management.

The following is a summary of the various features of the Application Management Suite that can be used during the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade phases.

Pre-upgrade

Post-upgrade

  • Monitor pre-production test environments.
  • Compare technology configurations including patches and customizations, run and patch editions.
  • Discover inventory of EBS customizations
  • Validate customization readiness for online patching.
  • Automate cloning  to clone instances for user acceptance or functional testing.
  • Provision instances for testing, training or development.
  • Diagnose performance bottlenecks and automate load testing to test availability and performance of systems.
  • Monitor the new technology stack.
  • Implement change control, with a multiple-hierarchical approval process.
  • Provide patch recommendations for EBS applications and technology stack.
  • Reduce the complexity of the online patching process.
  • Promote patches and customizations across EBS instances.
  • Automate cloning for periodic  cloning activities.
  • Administer instances to scale in/scale out managed servers.
  • Provide performance management and diagnostic capabilities.

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