2014 HarrisData User Conference General Sessions


Keynote - The Evolution of Healthcare in the US: Cancer Becomes a Data-Intensive Enterprise


Dr. William G. Nelson is the Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology and Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. As one of three co-chairs of the National Cancer Institute’s Translational Research Working Group, he worked to reengineer translational cancer science across the nation, helping to author a landmark report. He has also been a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of several companies focused on the development of new technologies and treatments for human cancer, a Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up 2 Cancer, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards/Committees for a number of foundations, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Kimmel Scholars, the V Foundation, and many others. This year, Dr. Nelson joined the Board of Directors for HarrisData. We are honored to have him presenting at our conference and giving his experience and voice to our strategic direction.


General Session Monday - AppsInHD: The Enterprise Application Mashup

Everything looks better in HD. TVs, smart phones, tablets, even enterprise applications look better when they are in HD. AppsInHD represents the new framework we have developed to bring together new versions of all of the components of an enterprise application – transaction services, metadata services, import services, forms services, search services, and more – into a single, user-friendly application. Last year, conference attendees saw a preview of the new HRIS solution based on the new framework – the first version of the AppsInHD Enterprise Application Mashup strategy. This session will look closer at the strategy and what it means for HarrisData and RTI customers.


General Session Tuesday - More AppsInHD: Bringing the rest of HD/RTI to AppsInHD

AppsInHD is more than a cloud initiative, or an HR/Payroll initiative. AppsInHD is the initiative that will bring all HarrisData and RTI applications to a common set of components that can be mashed up into a new kind of enterprise application. How will this transformation to AppsInHD affect your other HD/RTI applications? We’ll look briefly at the process of bringing Fixed Assets and General Ledger into the AppsInHD framework, and at the results, so you can better see what your applications will look like in the future.


2014 HarrisData User Conference Breakout Sessions


Applying Mods in HD5.0 – HTML

With the HD5.0 version of the HarrisData software we started our transition to PHP for the HTML interface. This session will inform you where the scripts are held and how to modify them. This will be an informative session even if you have never programmed in PHP.


Applying Mods in HD5.0 – Legacy

The HarrisData HD5.0 applications are significantly different from previous versions of our software. The use of ILE techniques and much more SQL have added to the challenge of modifying the software. This session will teach you the basics of how to modify the software within the ILE environment retaining the necessary authorities to access the database.


AR Management in HD5.0

Let's take a look at what the HD5.0 can do for you.  Come see how this release of A/R will make your life easier.


Ask the Expert

Spend time with HarrisData and RTI application experts, access live systems to discuss unique problems, and review new features. Attendees should reserve time with any of the HarrisData or RTI Experts to fit their schedules. Reservations will be accepted in the Ask the Expert Room.


B2B Interactive Website

This session by HarrisDate customer Amigo Mobility will demonstrate how they have developed a B2B website that draws the data from HarrisData files. The provider places an order via the internet and it is pushed to HarrisData files at set times.  The features of the website will be discussed in detail.


Back To The Real World

After 14 years of being on the ‘inside’ at HarrisData, Kathy Miszewski has gone back to the ‘real world’.  As Operations Manager at Superior Chemical, she uses the system all day long to monitor inventory levels, make purchasing decisions, and monitor various other product-related situations.  She will share with you how she uses Widgets and Filters to give me the information she needs as quickly as possible.


Bill Of Lading Overlay

To go 'live' in January 2013, Superior Chemical decided to use the standard pre-printed, 2-part, pin-fed BOL form on a small pin-fed printer.  When they found out that they needed to re-order soon, they quickly created a BOL form and uploaded to the IBM i. After a few alignment adjustments, it is ready to go.  Let Kathy Miszewski of Superior Chemical show you how she did it.


Building Forms for Print and Email

Using Forms can be a real time-saver and provide a consistent format for communication with your customers. This session with address how to set up and use forms for both e-mail and printed communications.


Configuring Payroll in the New HarrisData HRIS

This session reviews the configuration options you can adjust in the new HarrisData payroll to automate virtually every payroll task. This session will review each of the major configuration areas, including: Positions, Pay Code configuration, Premium Pay configuration, Benefit/Deduction configuration, Tax configuration, Payment configuration, and Accounting configuration. The session will provide an overview of each configuration, and review how different settings can be used to solve common payroll situations. The session will also review the techniques that can be used to minimize configuration maintenance on an ongoing basis. Live software will be used to illustrate key concepts.


Dealer Portal to Warranty/ Non-Warranty RTI Invoicing Automation

HarrisData customer, Amigo Mobility uses RTI and HarrisData to improve its service dealer Warranty/Non-Warranty invoicing process. Attend this session to learn how their incidents are created in RTI to record the repair charges of a serialized electric shopping cart. Steps to complete the process will be reviewed in detail. They will demonstrate how Google Mapping is used to find a Service Dealer in the area of the repair.  


Duplicate Checking, Validation, and UPS Interface

A Co-Dev was undertaken to provide three distinct pieces of functionality. The software has been enhanced to expand on duplicate account and contact checking, validation of the format of phone and email addresses, and – for those with UPS accounts – validating street addresses. This session will take a deeper look into the offered functionality.


Eliminate Manual Entry and Automate Data Capture for Your HarrisData Applications

In this session presented by RJS Software you will learn how you can utilize a web based form to capture data and import it to your HarrisData Software and other applications.  Forms can be pre-populated from any database such as IBM i/iSeries, SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL. Form data can also be written back to a database or web service after capture. Add attachments, use conditional logic, or capture signatures.  Web based forms can have a significant impact across your enterprise- AP, HR, Shipping, ECRs, Quality, etc. The benefits of web based forms are the ability to capture data that is collected outside your HarrisData software with a web form, then import the data collected to eliminate manual entry.  Process information faster with better accuracy.


Enhancement Discussion: CRM/SFA

Potential enhancements to the RTI Software Customer Relationship Management system as well as potential enhancements to the RTI Sales Force Automation system will be discussed.


Enhancement Discussion: Financials

Potential enhancements to General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Fixed Assets will be discussed.


Enhancement Discussion: HRIS

Potential enhancements to Human Resources, Payroll, and Employee Time software will be discussed.


Enhancement Discussion: Manufacturing/Distribution

Potential enhancements to Manufacturing and Distribution modules will be discussed.


Enhancement Discussion: Technical

Potential enhancements to HarrisData Control Panel Plus and to system-wide conventions and standards will be discussed.


Escalation Server

Workflow automation is important to any organization focused on improving responsiveness and the quality of their processes. Find out how to use the Escalation Engine to ensure that issues and items are handled in a timely manner and activities get addressed promptly.


FAQ – HD Financials

Come find out what you always wanted to know about Financials, but didn't know to ask.


FAQ – HD Manufacturing & Distribution

From back flushing to backorders, material shortages and short shipping.  From best practices and clever innovations to "silly user tricks".  This session will cover topics of broad interest in the areas of manufacturing and distribution.  We will focus on features and facets of the system which are often overlooked or misunderstood.


GUI Rules

The purpose of GUI Rules is to ensure the quality of the entered data and to automate data entry. This allows Support Personnel to quickly enter information into CustomerFirst with the knowledge that the information is accurate and complete for reporting. This session reviews the various actions and associated benefits available via GUI Rules.


HD5.0 Widgets and Filtering

HarrisData Widgets allow you to customize what information appears on each page without programming - allowing you to create a solution that fits your business requirements. You can control the pages so a given user sees the information appropriate to their role in the organization. For example, material handlers should see an item’s description and how much of it is in inventory, but they should not see its cost. Similarly, a salesman may be able to see outstanding invoices and their balances but should not be shown the costs associated with those invoices. With HD5.0, HarrisData also allows you to create a list of your favorite filters for a page. Some examples of filters would be “all products on quality hold” or “invoices to a specific salesperson which exceed $500.00”. Attendees will leave this session with a clear understanding of how to make and manage Widgets and Filters. They will also have an appreciation for how they can be used to better manage processes and improve access to information.


HTML Emails

Looking to send ‘ pretty’ emails to your existing contacts? Learn how to use Office tools and RTI Software to send out HTML-based emails complete with colorful fonts and pictures to your client base.


IBM i 7.2

On April 28th, IBM announced a new version of the IBM i operating system, V7R2.  This presentation will present details of the announcement.


Importing Data in the New HarrisData HRIS

Getting data into the system is critical for getting started, but can be equally critical on an ongoing basis. During initial implementation, you may import large data sets like employee master files. After you are ‘live’ on the system, you may use imports to regularly upload pay transactions, deduction transactions, PTO transactions, and more. The new HarrisData HRIS solution makes importing data easier than ever before. If you can get the right data into a spreadsheet, you can import it. This session will show you how.


Improving Budgeting & Reporting

Come explore the ins and outs of budgeting and financial statement reporting in the HarrisData Financial Software.


Integrating HarrisData with Third Party Applications

There are many different ways to use 3rd Party Applications with your HarrisData software. Come learn how we have integrated 3rd Party Applications into our software and how you can create your own integrations.


Integrating with HarrisData Web Services

Integration is what drives value in information systems. HarrisData software integrates a wide variety of business functions into streamlined processes, reducing data entry and minimizing errors. In many cases, value can be created by integrating third-party or home-grown software with HarrisData. With the growth of cloud computing and the rise of multiple servers in the data center, older integration strategies that relied on program calls and parameter lists are no longer sufficient. The long term view of integration must allow a program running on one of your servers to integrate with another program running on entirely different servers - or even in the cloud - seamlessly and reliably. This session illustrates the key concepts of integration in a web-based world by examining the parallel payroll comparison tool that lets you compare your HD5 Payroll results to a parallel environment using the new Payroll software on cloud or on premise.


Interact with HarrisData files using Excel, Query and Data Transfer Utility

Microsoft Query can be used to extract data from your HarrisData database and return it directly to Microsoft Excel.  Learn how to use this tool to simplify your Excel reporting.  Also learn how to use the graphical interface in Query to generate SQL scripts that can be used as the basis for additional queries or other SQL commands, such as Update or Delete.  We will also explain how to use the Data Transfer Utility in iSeries Access to upload data from a spreadsheet to HarrisData master files, such as the Customer Master, Item Master or Bill of Materials Master.


Introduction to Sales Force Automation

The HarrisData Sales Force Automation module will be reviewed. The session will cover all aspects of sales and marketing tracking including integration with the HarrisData ERP package. This session is intended for HarrisData customers who are considering the purchase of a Sales Force Automation tool to enhance their sales and marketing efforts.


Introduction to Service Warranty

The HarrisData Warranty/Support module will be reviewed. The session will cover the internal tracking and analysis of product problem/defect activities and integration with the HarrisData ERP package. This session is intended for HarrisData customers who are considering the purchase of a Warranty/Support solution to address their product tracking requirements.


Lean Manufacturing Tools and HarrisData

This session will focus on the ‘Pull’ vs ‘Push’ approach to manufacturing and the Kanban and build to order features offered by the system.


Managing Portals – An IT Perspective

This session will cover everything you need to know to ensure your users have access to the appropriate information and processes.  This will include menu control, Quick Links, Program Option Security, User View Security and Privileges.


Manufacturing Processing on the Portals

Touch Screen Labor Reporting is a new method of Shop Order dispatch and data collection using graphical interface and touch-screen technology to allow shop floor workers to interact with the system easily, efficiently, productively and with fewer reporting errors.  This session will also cover the new material handling/warehousing functions added to the system since the initial release of HD5.0.


Modernized IBM i Data Access and Report Distribution with SEQUEL

Gathering and distributing business information can be challenging: business analysts require current data, in a modern format, with varying summarization levels and details. On top of that, they need to be able to see it in a format that works for them. In this session you will:
·         Learn how to build SQL queries via SEQUEL ViewPoint’s graphical interface
·         Discover how to simplify data access for analysis
·         See how dashboards empower business analysts
·         Learn how to modernize your data distribution for XLS and browsers
·         See a graphical approach to business data reporting
·         Learn to use SQL and SQE for faster processing
·         Import existing green screen queries


The New AutoPay

In the new HarrisData HRIS, AutoPay represents a variety of processes that automatically generate Pay Transactions for an employee’s pay check. AutoPay can be configured to create overtime/double time transactions and shift premiums. AutoPay can be configured to create Pay Transactions to fill a salaried employee’s regular hours after PTO hours have been fed. AutoPay is a key weapon in the battle to automate payroll processing. This session uses live software to review all of the AutoPay options with examples that reflect common payroll situations.


PHP and RPG Integration Examples

In this session presented by Zend Technologies we will explore several examples of how PHP scripts can use the Open Source Toolkit to access RPG Business Logic.  Implementation of the toolkit will be reviewed along with examples of simple RPG program calls, RPG Subprocedure calls, complex interfaces like data structures, Stored procedures and more. 


Payroll Tax Setup and Management in the New HarrisData HRIS

The new HarrisData HRIS leverages BSI TaxFactory, a tax compliance engine used by many of the largest software companies and payroll services to insure ongoing compliance with changing tax regulations. This service allows you to automatically determine which taxes may apply to an employee based on their residential address and their work address(es), and to accurately calculate each tax (whether employer or employee paid). This session looks at how you set up employees and your organization to meet the changing regulatory requirements of payroll with the least amount of effort.


Planning Your HarrisData Upgrade

This session will provide specific tips and insight into the HD5.0 upgrade process. There are significant technical and foundational changes in this release, including reorganized documentation. This session will not address general functionality changes, but will highlight certain changes that should be considered before installing this upgrade. Please attend this session if you are planning your upgrade to HD5.0 this year.


Portals – A User Perspective

This session will give users an insight into using the portals to make their job more efficient.


Power 8 Update from IBM

IBM recently announced new scale-out servers based on the Power8 chip.   This session will give a technical update of the new models announced on April 28th.


Processing Payroll in the New HarrisData HRIS (Pts. 1 & 2)

Once your new HarrisData HRIS is configured to match your organizational policies, and you’ve loaded in your employee’s basic data, you’re ready to process payroll. In the new HarrisData HRIS, payroll is all about automation, and allows you to simply verify and adjust when necessary. First, you’ll put your Payroll Calendar into the system. Then, the system will automate the process of assigning Pay Transactions (and other imported transactions) to the right Payroll/Paycheck. The system will calculate (and re-calculate as necessary) each Paycheck individually, automatically creating premium pay transactions according to overtime and shift rules, PTO transactions according to plan rules, benefit/deduction transactions (both employer and employee sides) according to plan rules, garnishments according to court orders, tax transactions (employee withholding and employer expense) according to current regulations, payment transactions according to employee wishes, and accounting transactions to handle allocations and inter-company issues. You’ll be able to drill down through the payroll, evaluating the numbers and looking for any issues. If you find an issue, you’ll correct the Paycheck and recalculate it - interactively and in real time - and see the results immediately. Then you’ll approve the payroll, and finally create ACH files (or Bank Checks) and accounting feeds. This session will walk you through each step of the process, so you’ll know what to look for and how to make changes when you need to.


Product Update RTI CRM/SFA

Gain insights into the features of Release R6.0G03 and the future direction of RTI Software.


Product Update:Financials

Version 5.0 of the HarrisData Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) received a number of additions to the Financial portals.  These additions include more maintenance options, enhanced A/R report selections and the ability to do Cash Application through within EIP.  Discover how the added functionality will make the portal more efficient for your users.


Product Update: HD Payroll

Over the past year, there have been many regulatory changes at the State and Federal levels.  This session will cover enhancements and regulatory changes included in the latest versions of Human Resources, Payroll, and Employee Time software. 


Product Update: Manufacturing & Distribution

Learn about the most recent enhancements Manufacturing and Distribution software modules.  Special emphasis will be placed on Manufacturing Execution improvements in HD5.0.  Time will also be devoted to demonstrating how Widgets can be used to improve things for nearly everyone in manufacturing.


Ten Tips for Speedy PHP on IBM i

Attend this session presented by Alan Seiden Consulting and delight your users with responsive, quick PHP-based applications running on IBM i.  You’ll come away brimming with ideas that you can use immediately to improve your application’s performance.

    Give your app that “snap” by optimizing its front end as well as PHP
    Optimize DB2 and the IBM i toolkit
    Configure Zend Server for performance
    Diagnose bottlenecks
    Leverage unique IBM i performance tools


Tracking Material Shortages

Material shortages can result in production disruptions, delayed orders and dissatisfied customers. This session will touch lightly on best practices to minimize shortages and then focus on the tools available to identify and manage material shortages.


Using List Widget

This session will cover every step required to setup EIP in an HD5.0 environment.  This will include "techie" stuff such as downloading and installing the Zend server and configuring an http server as well as system administrator topics such as ensuring your users have access to the right set of menus and the right information necessary to do their jobs.   This session will also show you how to add a custom program of your own to the EIP menu structure.



2014 HarrisData User Conference Training Sessions


A New Approach to Creating Custom Forms in HD

HarrisData development has created many new technologies to support the new versions of our products. Where technically feasible, we want to bring some of those new technologies to current users of HD5 and RTI. The Forms service is one example of a new technology that was developed for the new versions but can be implemented to support HD5 and RTI environments, adding significantly improved output to your current HD/RTI applications. (The sample Pay Statements and Payroll Checks in your welcome packet were created by the Forms service.) This session will allow you to get a hands-on look at creating forms and overlays with the new technology, using specific use cases to demonstrate key topics:

-    Using the Forms Service
o    make changes to an existing form overlay
o    create individual pdfs for each form, or a single pdf file containing multiple forms
o    integrate images and graphics into a form
o    integrate a pre-defined pdf background (such as a blank W2 form) into your process

-    Advanced Technical Topics
o    understand your deployment options
o    create a new data source for the service (warning: technical!)
This Using the Forms Service section is generally appropriate for somewhat technical users. The Advanced Technical Topics section requires some knowledge of PHP and SQL.


EIP Update: From Stem to Stern

This session will cover every step required to setup EIP in an HD5.0 environment.  This will include "techy" stuff such as downloading and installing the Zend server and configuring an http server as well as system administrator topics such as ensuring your users have access to the right set of menus and the right information necessary to do their jobs.   This session will also show you how to add a custom program of your own to the EIP menu structure.


PHP Workshop

This three hour session presented by Zend Technologies will allow attendees to get hands-on experience and connect to an IBM i LPAR running PHP in the cloud. The workshop will cover all of the basics of PHP through RPG program calls and database access using DB2 and MySQL. PCs will be available for use in this session.





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