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Hello everyone, thank you for taking the time to visit to our new Consulting Services Blog. I am Andrea White, the Manager on Porte Brown's consulting services team.


The team and I would like to welcome you and look forward to sharing helpful information on the topics of managerial consulting, strategic consulting, and technology solutions, such as ERP Solutions, CRM, and custom software solutions.


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Learn the Benefits of TRAVERSE Global

Andrea White - Friday, December 28, 2018

What benefits are available to you when you upgrade to TRAVERSE Global?

  • • Robust multi-company, multi-lingual, and multi-currency options
  • • User-managed workflow provides ultimate personalization to each employee
  • • “My work” feature combines favorite applications into custom groups

Learn even more about TRAVERSE Global's benefits in the Moving to TRAVERSE Global brochure.

Paperless Filing Directly from Your Software

Andrea White - Thursday, December 20, 2018

Electronically File Form 1099: No paper forms to print & stuff into envelopes means more time for you to focus on other important tasks!

  • • Federal E-Filing: Your client’s data is sent from your software directly to the Federal Government.
  • • State E-Filing: Your data will be sent directly to any and every state that requires 1099 reporting in the format required by that state.
  • • Recipient Delivery: All completed filings will be automatically printed and mailed directly to recipients. As a unique added benefit, this service also allows for the recipient to instantly download their form from a secure online retrieval site.

TRAVERSE makes filing a snap! Simply select 1099-MISC XML from the ‘Output’ drop down menu.

Questions? Contact Porte Brown today!

TRAVERSE Year-End Compliance Update

Andrea White - Wednesday, December 19, 2018
The 2019 compliance update for TRAVERSE version 11 (Build 18341) is now available from Open Systems via the online update process.

This update includes changes to the Payroll and Accounts Payable forms and magnetic media for 2018 tax filing as well as all state and federal table and formula changes for 2019 known to Open Systems as of December 12, 2018.

Any additional state or federal table or formula changes, along with instructions for changing them in TRAVERSE, will be announced as they become available. Check the Client Portal of Open Systems website, www.osas.com, frequently for the latest information on state or federal table or formula changes.

The update includes a compliance advisory. Please read it carefully before you install the update. For more detailed installation instructions, you can also use TRAVERSE's year-end procedure document or video. TRAVERSE's year-end checklists can also help you close the books for the year.

TRAVERSE 11 Update Build 18296 Is Now Available

Andrea White - Monday, November 26, 2018
A new update, Build 18296, is now available for TRAVERSE version 11. Please follow the instructions in your TRAVERSE version 11 Administrator's Guide to update your installation.

Read on to learn about the notable updates made to the features and functionality in this build. Visit TRAVERSE Build History for more information.

GL | Allocations

The Periodic Allocations functionality was originally released in TRAVERSE Standard and is now available in Global. You now have the ability to define and then periodically allocate amounts from a defined pool of source accounts to defined recipient accounts based on a number of allocation methods. See the online help for more information. Available in both Standard and Global Versions.

MP | Release Production Orders

Unit of Measure (UOM) and Est Start Date are now available in the Column Chooser to add to the Release Production Orders grid. Available in both Standard and Global Versions.

SM | User Defaults/Admin

The functionality initially released in the Global version will now be available in Standard. This includes system-defined defaults for additional applications and allows for setting defaults for Bank ID, Batch ID, Location ID, and more. Available in both Standard and Global Versions.

SO | Orders

Enhancements have been made to the 'Copy' functionality previously released (Build 18179) such as:
   • Checkbox for 'Use Header Location' which pulls the location from the header of the order
   • Checkbox for 'Item Summary' which highlights the last items sold without duplicating the same item ID
   • Streamlined data entry by allowing users to enter the Quantity without selecting the line
   • Column added for 'Last Qty Ordered' for increased visibility to assist in item selection
   • Validation so that if an item doesn’t exist in the header location, it will not be brought into that location
Available in Global Version Only.

SO| Transactions

TRAVERSE now includes a Customer Part Number (Alias) via the existing Item Customer Alias functionality within Inventory. This will provide users the ability to capture and/or enter a customer based Part Number (Alias) within the order entry systems as well as transaction and history inquiry features. The alias values can also be placed on customer facing documents using the Design Studio. Available in both Standard and Global Versions.

TRAVERSE Payment System (TPS)

Payment Service Integration for TRAVERSE® (TPS) manages the interaction with external payment providers, including the encryption/decryption of any values shared between them and TRAVERSE. The payment service supports both card present and hosted payment form. See the online help for more information. Available in both Standard and Global Versions.

Note: to ensure data privacy, any new TRAVERSE functions are delivered with no user access. You can use the Server Manager or the Administrative functions in the System Manager to grant permission to new functions for your users or groups.

TRAVERSE Build Updates

Andrea White - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Responding to client feedback, Open Systems will be releasing fewer build updates for TRAVERSE. The updates themselves will be larger in nature with more features and functions on average than our previous builds. This system will help you and your clients plan updates more carefully. We are currently targeting four updates annually. As these updates become available, detailed information will be provided about the content related to the update.

Read the newly re-designed TRAVERSE Build History for additional information.

Tips and Tricks: Keep Control Over Those Changing Inventory Lot Numbers

Andrea White - Tuesday, February 06, 2018
TRAVERSE Inventory features a business rule that gives you the option to define whether users can change Lot Numbers when doing Location Transfers or WM Move Quantities.

Read the newly re-designed TRAVERSE Build History for more information.

Tips & Tricks: Merge Here - Personalize Document Delivery with New Options

Andrea White - Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Document Delivery now includes merge fields in the Subject of the message, as well as additional formatting options for numeric/date type merge fields. These include: SO (Invoice and Acknowledgement ), AR (Invoice), and PO (Order and Request). Other reports will be added as they are completed. Check out the new options in the Document Settings function of System Manager.

Read the newly re-designed TRAVERSE Build History for more information.

TRAVERSE Tips & Tricks: Keep Your Data Fresh with this Right-Click Trick

Andrea White - Monday, October 02, 2017
Life changes fast, and so does your data! If the chart or graph in your interactive view has been open for a while and you want to ensure you have the latest information, simply point your mouse within the field list area, click the right button, and choose Refresh Data. No need to close and re-open the view or TRAVERSE. You can also press F5 to refresh the data in any style of interactive view.

To read about more recent additions to TRAVERSE, check out the TRAVERSE Build History page.

TRAVERSE Tips & Tricks: Exercise Even Greater Control Over Document Review and Delivery

Andrea White - Monday, August 07, 2017
You now have the ability to configure unique delivery settings for each form and an optional staging of documents for manual review before delivery.

To read about more recent additions to TRAVERSE, check out the TRAVERSE Build History page.

TRAVERSE Tip: Never Guess the Minimum Sale Quantity Again in Sales Order

Andrea White - Monday, July 10, 2017
Minimum quantities are useful, and they're even better when they're pre-filled for you. A new business rule has been added that gives you the option to default the minimum sale quantity if an item has a minimum quantity required.

To read about more recent additions to TRAVERSE, check out the TRAVERSE Build History page.

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