Suggest you look at INFOR's PM10. In its basic form replaces FRx (since
that is a dead product), but will also receive input from disparate systems
(INFOR and non-Infor) including Excel uploads and manual entry.
Additionally will perform consolidations and eliminations, and currency
conversions. Reporting examples beyond the standard P&L and Balance Sheet
are departmental statements, product lines profitability and so on. PM10
also provides the capability to drill back to the originating transactions.
It also has the capability to handle other reporting outside of the pure
finance world depending on what data you have available. If you want to go
fairly simple and are good with Excel and pivot tables then INFOR's F9
product will do. Similar to Spreadsheet Server. If you are looking for a
"one product does all" and have some extra $$ laying around then look at

Best Regards

Richard (Dick) Stover
Consulting Manager

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-----Original Message-----
From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of LeLeux, James
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 9:59 PM
To: MAPICS ERP System Discussion
Subject: [MAPICS-L] Financial Report Writers

Hello everyone,

I know this topic has come up before as I was searching thru the ML
archives, but it seemed a bit dated.

Looking for some tips on acquiring a financial report writer to be used by
the finance team - not IT.

Looking at traditional accounting reports, but also looking to report across
the system, tapping into standard costing, item master, inventory, etc as
accountants often do.

Most likely looking for a graphical tool that is not AS400 specific so that
it is portable (think Syteline in x years...)

I came up with this list, and am about to jump in feet first, but I would
appreciate any tips on these or others.
1. Infor (looking to XA 9.X)
2. Advanced Logic Solutions, Inc.
3. Enterprise 21
4. Global Software's Spreadsheet Server and EDash
5. Jacana
6. FRx
7. Cognos

I am very open to anyone contacting me directly, as I know email can be
tough to write experiences/opinions when you're busy.

I do not have problems with vendors contacting me directly either.
We are willing to do the setup if there is a good product (FRx, Cognos) that
works, but lacks the mappings.

Thanks in advance for any input!

James LeLeux
IT Director: Cherry, Shur-Lok, & SPS Santa Ana
2701 South Harbor Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92704
M   714-929-8063
SKYPE james.leleux

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