Lichtenvoorde, the Netherlands – February 5, 2004 – DiMS! organizing print, a leading supplier of Management Information Solutions for the printing and packaging industry, will launch its new 640 software release at Drupa 2004. The key enhancements to DiMS!’ integrated ERP-print management system will enable large printing companies to improve business efficiencies through streamlined processes at an enterprise-wide level. The company will present live demonstrations of the new software on the show floor at Hall 9, Booth # A25.
The DiMS! Concept
DiMS! is a Web-enabled, Oracle-based software package that integrates the complete range of printing and administrative processes. Specially suited to large-sized printing and packaging companies with multiple plants and mixed printing environments, DiMS! is a single solution that automates complex business processes through real-time communication of data over the Internet – from Sales, Estimating and CRM through Prepress, Production, Shipping, Invoicing and Financials. With the ability to link each segment of a company’s business together, be it on a function, plant or enterprise level, DiMS! provides unprecedented end-to-end integration resulting in reduced operational costs, improved efficiency and throughput, and increased profitability.
Key Functionalities in Release 640
Complementing DiMS!’ robust workflow tool, which allows printers to connect internally to other individuals or remote entities within the organization, and externally to valuable customers and suppliers via a centralized, Web-enabled system, the new enhancements in Release 640 bolster DiMS!’ strength as a leading ERP solution for print and packaging companies.
Enterprise Financial Structure
The highlight of DiMS! 640 is its extended enterprise functionality. Adding to the existing enterprise-focused structure, which encompasses the breadth of processes (such as enterprise planning, production, purchasing and inventory management, and accounting) across multiple plants, divisions and even international borders, the new release offers a simple way in which to manage complex, often disparate financial transactions across the entire organization. It includes a new setup table enabling the user to link profit centers, company profiles and financial companies to each other. In multifaceted transactions involving multiple plants, contact persons, shipping addresses, or inventory items (such as changes in stock quantities or prices), the appropriate information will be extracted and linked to the relevant profit center. In addition, profit & loss sheets can be split for several profit centers within one company.
Leveraging economies of scale, many large companies utilize pricing contracts in order to effectively manage their long-term relationships and overall spends. With DiMS!’ contract invoicing functionality, fixed price ranges can be linked to product components, semi-products or end products in specifically drawn up contracts. When generating the invoice, you can select those components and products for which pricing contracts are applicable, and their relevant quantities, after which the agreed upon contract prices are calculated automatically. This ensures strict compliance with contractual terms. During billing, it is also possible to generate an invoice appendix (or Contract Invoice) containing elements from the contract, agreed prices and validity periods, for easy reference and quick retrieval of terms.
The Estimation Desktop is a tool for managing complex alternative estimates including sales prices in a project. It enables the user to make cost summaries of the cost kinds. This feature also makes it possible to view the price-building process in several succinct ways (i.e., per Process Step Object (PSO) or group per type), in addition to determining the sales price, which can be saved in the database.
Streamlining the estimating process, the Estimation Desktop gives the user the possibility to copy the complete estimation of an indiscriminate alternative or an indiscriminate project. In other words, rather than reinventing the wheel for each complex estimate, the user can create a template estimate from any "alternative" and copy that to other projects, while only then changing the required variables.
Other Features and Enhancements
Introduced in release 640 is the use of “Favorites”. This means a user can selectively add, remove and manage favorite orders, relations, etc. to gain quicker access to the desired information – eliminating the need for handwritten notes with numerous order or quote numbers he/she is currently working on. Favorites are now available in the following modules:
- Project, Estimate, Quote
- Order, Periodic orders, Finished products
- Relation, CRM, Complaints
- Purchase, Stock
- Invoice, Cost Accounting
PapiNet is a global (4 continents and over 80 companies) initiative to develop, maintain and promote the implementation of standard electronic transaction methods to facilitate the flow of information among the parties engaged in the buying, selling, and distribution of forest, paper and wood products. DiMS! has created a papiNet interface and supports versions 1.1 and 2.1 of the standard.
Schedule a DiMS! demonstration at Drupa, Hall 9, Booth #A25
To schedule an appointment for a demonstration of DiMS! at Drupa, Hall 9, Booth #A25, or for more information, call +31 544 39 66 00, e-mail to [email protected]
, or visit our Web site at www.dims.net.