Monday, October 13, 2014

Configuring Affinity Mask at IIS Server. Acumatica CPU Licensing.

Dear Partners,

There were many questions recently on how to properly configure the server to match the license purchased from Acumatica.

Under our VAR agreement, the partner is responsible for proper server configuration. Such if customer bought 4 CPU cores, there must only be 4 CPU cores allocated for the Acumatica on IIS server Application Pool. This is not just a legal requirement, that is stated in our product EULA, this is a subject for Acumatica support eligibility and overall stability of the system. 

To address this important question we should keep in mind:

A. Acumatica License Version

B.A. Acumatica Edition (Departmental 2CPU, Divisional 4CPU or Enterprise 8CPU) for versions prior Acumatica 4 
OR
B.B. Acumatica License Size (S 2CPU, M 4CPU, L 8CPU, XL 16CPU)

C. Number of actual CPU cores at your IIS server

Lets assume few scenarios: 

Scenario 1. Your IIS server is sitting on the same hardware box with the SQL server. Total number of CPU cores at the hardware machine is 8 (Eight). License purchased from Acumatica is Perpetual Departmental, meaning you got license for 2 CPUs only. How should we configure the server?

Vital configuration part in this scenario will be to allocate TWO out of EIGHT CPU cores for Acumatica Application Pool. CPU cores are counted from 0 to 7. So lets allocate Core 7 and Core 6 for Acumatica instance. Mask to cover this scenario should be 11000000 in a binary notation or 192 in decimal. All we have to do to stay on a legal ground and to get support from Acumatica and not to risk loose our license is:

Call up IIS Manager from the Main Panel

 Find what is the Application Pool Name for our Acumatica Web Site


Now we should change the Mask settings for that Application Pool


After you choose Advanced Settings for the pool, please modify these settings according to our mask choice



Scenario 2. Your IIS server has 4 CPU cores, and you have purchased the license from Acumatica for M size, which is 4 CPU cores.

No configuration is necessary on the server as number of CPU cores purchased and available on the server matches.

Please note Scenario 2 is the easiest for the End User to provide assurance that there is no license violations or misuse.

All the best,

Sergey.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

True Contextual Search from Acumatica 4.2 and up

Hi Everyone,

We have got an interesting feature in 4.2 - a text search functionality.
In version 5 it further extended to a true text search.

If you wish to use it please make sure SQL Full Text Daemon Filter service is up and running, well at least DO NOT DISABLE IT.

In pictures, if you like to see it like this:


Please make sure you have it like this at the SQL Server side:


In Acumatica 5 it is even better:



All the best,

Sergey.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Web Services training in Singapore

Dear Team,

Thanks to an overwhelming demand, we are organising a 
Two Days session for Web Services Integration training to be held in Singapore.

Our Platform Evangelist, Ruslan Devyatko will be in Singapore 
Monday and Tuesday 29,30 September 2014.
Developers and functional consultants are cordially welcome.

Prerequisites for the training will be:
  1. Decent Acumatica Functionality Knowledge. 
  2. .NET Platform Knowledge. 
  3. Acumatica Framework specific knowledge. 
  4. Ability to Design Screens in C# using Acumatica Platform.
  5. Being Acumatica Partner. Of course :) 
Please book it in advance, there are only 30 seats available. 

We make it FOC this time. Hurry up.

All the best,
Sergey.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Scheduling an Import Process

Hi Guys,


Here is how you can put your Integration with say POS system on schedule in our Import Scenarios process.


First of all, I assume you already created an Import Scenario and tested it with the file uploaded to the Acumatica.


Secondly, you have to ensure that the source file is placed inside Acumatica on time.


Third thing, and that is what I am to explain, we have to schedule a process, inside Acumatica, that will take the file from above. Get the data out of it, and then insert these data into Acumatica screens.


A. Open Import Scenarios process.


B. Select the Import Scenario(s) we need to schedule for execution and select the Action. Save It.


 C. Use the Schedule Button to create a schedule.


 D. Give it a Name and schedule options.


E. Finally you can specify some conditions, on when exactly trigger the scheduled import.


F. Save and Close the Automation Schedules screen.

Well if you wish to review the parameters, at any time just click View from Schedule button, it will bring you to the Automation Schedules screen again.

All the best,

Sergey.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What is our Project Success Rate?

Hi Everyone,

Just heard some of the competition ERP vendors being sued by customers, this is of course very bad sign.
This leads to the question about Right's or Wrong's in a sales strategy, not just in product itself. For example. Over-promising will always lead to a low project success rate. Hiring wrong partners - the same. Using doubtful sales strategies (bulk sales, sales in advance etc.) will cause partners to become unhappy as well, by pushing them to sale more and implement worse.

So what is all about? Is it applicable to Acumatica? I would not use marketing BS here, just wanted to share my experience from partner meetings.

Being in Philippines with our partners. And now I wanted to share the Success Rate for implementation projects in ERP industry. There were reports suggesting that it is very low in the industry, overall.
Some people say it is as low as 50%
Chaos Report

NOT FOR ACUMATICA :)

Surprisingly what I found from Acumatica partners, success in our product implementation is much higher.
For some partners it is constant at stuggering 100%. Example Global Ideology Corporation.
3 years on the market, 6 finished projects, 100% success rate.
Average implementation cycle: 2 month.


So I would love to hear from you guys, being a partner, what is your Customer Happiness index, or Project Success Rate. In a very simple scale. Customer is happy or customer is not.
Just do a simple analysis, compare products if you sell competition.

All the best,
Sergey.