Hi Doug,

A while back we looked at using 'features and options' w/ BPCS planning
bills, but ran into similar problems.  I don't recall the details, just
that we could not use it and were not able to find other BPCS clients
that use it (without customizing the code)...

Although we did get the assortments to work; where our order entry staff
enters the assortment part # on an order line, then a screen appears of
items/components they are able to select from...  The sales & COS are
all contained on the selected components...    We use assortments for a
couple reasons (different then yours though): 1.  Less keying when
entering common, complex orders.  2.  Allowed us to screen scrape our
EDI orders right into BPCS, translating our customer part #s into two or
more of our part #s.

I too would be interested in hearing if anyone does uses BPCS 'features
and options' in any of the releases.

Best Regards,

DeeDee Virgei
Project Leader

Nelson Stud Welding, Inc.

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Subject: [BPCS-L] FAS orders and standard cost

We are looking into using Features and Options to process some of our
product lines. The benefits are that we would drastically reduce the
number of Bills of Material that we need to administer and maintain.

However we are having issues with the way costs are recorded for these
orders. 

The standard cost for the F&O Parent is calculated based on the forecast
percentages of any feature groups and omits any costs associated with
options. So, really the standard cost for that parent is pretty
meaningless.

But that is still the cost that is used for COGS when the order is
shipped. The real cost - the sum of the costs of the components is
booked into WIP and there is therefore a cost variance in WIP.

The 'solution' from Infor is that we need to report this variance and
manually enter it to COGS in the GL.

The folks here in finance are of the opinion that if that's the way BPCS
works, then nobody could possibly be using Features and Options in their
business.

Are they right ?

If there is anyone out there using it, how do you handle this cost issue
?


I'm looking for insight that can help me provide a workaround or
solution to the people here.


Thanks.


Doug McLauchlan
IT, BPCS Administrator
Planar Systems, Inc.

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