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November 2008

The LawsonGuru Letter
Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community
In This Issue
Customization: Risk vs. Reward
Guest Spot: Setting Up an HSA in Lawson
ProcessFlow Integrator Part 8: The DataIterator Node
Excel Add-Ins to Add Accounts and Sub Accounts
Tying activities data in ACTRANS to ARDISTRIB
Worthwhile Reading
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"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
-- Randy Pausch
Risk vs. Reward
One of the realities of ERP is that organizations often feel they need to customize to meet their requirements.
Welcome to the latest issue of The LawsonGuru Letter, a free monthly newsletter providing provocative commentary on issues important to the Lawson Software community.  The LawsonGuru Letter is published by-and is solely the opinion of-John Henley of Decision Analytics.
This month, please welcome Joel Hawthorne from West Penn Allegheny Health System for his debut Guest Spot article, in which he shares his experiences with setting up a Health Savings Account (HSA) in Lawson.
Guest Spot: Setting Up an HSA in Lawson
Setting up an HSA (Health Savings Account) in Lawson is a relatively easy task. It's the mechanics of administering the plan that present the real challenges.  Read More...
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ProcessFlow Integrator Part 8: The DataIterator Node
In previous articles in this series, we've looked at high-level integration concepts using ProcessFlow Integrator. We've also explored some of the nodes which come with ProcessFlow for basic control of flows (e.g. branching) as well as querying and updating Lawson data. We're now looking at the integration aspect of flows, focusing first on file integration, which includes one of my favorite nodes, DataIterator. Read More...
Excel Add-Ins to Add Accounts and Sub Accounts
One of the great powers of the Excel Add-Ins is that you can use them to "automate" mundane tasks that take multiple steps in LID or Portal. One good example is that of adding detail GL Accounts and Sub Accounts.  Read More...
Tying activities data in ACTRANS to ARDISTRIB
I need help with tying a given activity transaction (table ACTRANS) to it's supporting details within table ARDISTRIB. Read More...
Thanks for joining us this month. 
John Henley
Decision Analytics
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What it really takes to survive a corporate bankruptcy.
Embracing The Software Service Economy
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