Category Archive: DDMS

Mass-changing Item Records

In my previous post, I gave a quick run-down of using the N-CUS1 selector in +W to change customer records. 98% of the time, that’s what I’m doing when I’m in +W. Occasionally, though, I need to mass-change item records. Here’s how we use R-CAT1 to do just that.

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Mass-changing customer records

Mass changing customer records is one of the most powerful, and dangerous, functions in DDMS. Here’s an example of a simple mass-change.

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Editing DDMS .dbf files

As I’m in the midst of the Q1 2015 OPUS load, it occurred to me that other DDMS dealers might not know how they can manually edit DDMS’ .dbf files. After the jump is how it’s done.

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Vendor Contract Report

For many dealers, once you reach a certain size, it makes sense to stock product. In a lot of cases, paper is a natural fit, as the wholesalers’ prices are out of line if you’re trying to compete with the big boxes or Costco. Beyond that, though, you may find it makes sense to bring …

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A Replacement Put-Away Report, PO Bin

If you stock product, you’re likely familiar with the Release to On-Hand report. Used to put product away, it’s got a couple flaws for me. First, for my company at least, the report’s almost too small to read. While I could have a look at reformatting the report so it’s readable, it’s got another problem …

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Item Bin Report with Bulk Bins

In my previous post, I showed you an item bin report. This allows you to see what bin an item resides in in your warehouse without having to wade into the Item History screen (or keeping unauthorized employees from needing to ask employees that have access to these screens). What I presented there was actually …

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Item Bin report, and introducing the PSyOPs Framework

A while back, I discovered something of a weakness in DDMS: there’s a bug in the Allowable Functions permissions settings for Item. In short, you can’t give someone read-only access to Item History where bins and inventory are kept. To allow them to view it gives them the ability to change fields on that subscreen. …

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Your first MSSQL Report, ‘Flushed Today’

A few weeks ago, I had quite a few orders go sideways on me. The orders that were a mix of wholesale product and items we stock were missing our stocking items from the deliveries. With a little investigation, it seemed the culprit was likely that tickets had been prematurely flushed to status B. As …

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Setting up XAMPP to Work With MSSQL

In this article, I’ll show you how to set up XAMPP on a Windows 7 machine. The process is largely the same on Windows XP, if you’re repurposing an older machine. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the newest versions of XAMPP use a version of PHP for which there is not an …

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A Better Method of Reporting in DDMS

If it wasn’t clear before, I’m a huge evangelist of using the SQL Server for reporting in DDMS. I’ve spent a lot of hours working with DDMS in a lot of ways, and I’ve always seen its reporting capabilities as a huge weak spot. A few years ago, I sat down and got serious about …

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