Does your 2023 proposed budget include your Unit4 Financials infrastructure?

Does your 2023 proposed budget include your Unit4 Financials infrastructure?
⸻ Unit4 Financials

As the summer break ends and the budgeting season for 2023 gets underway now is the ideal time to turn your attention to your finance ecosystem to determine what changes would like to make for the rest of the year and into 2023.

Areas for improvement:

Process automation

Do you operate manual processes that could be automated thereby saving time and reducing operational risk?


Upgrading

Would you like to upgrade to the latest software release so you can use the latest functionality available?

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Training

If your team are unfamiliar with the functionality provided by the latest version of Financials then maybe some training would help?


Cloud

Are you considering moving to the Cloud to reduce your on-premise technology footprint?


Migration

Are you considering migrating to Unit4 ERP or ERPx? If you are, then we can provide advice and support you on the journey.


FP&A

In today’s uncertain times, forward planning is essential and Unit4’s Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) product allows you to forecast multiple scenarios.

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Streamline operations

Why not outsource Support & Maintenance so your team can focus on what they do best?

Whether your journey in 2023 is to continue with Unit4 Financials or to upgrade to ERP or ERPx, we are here to support you.


Why choose Millennium for Unit4 Financials?

We are an Elite Unit4 Partner with more than 27 years of experience working with Unit4 Financials. That means we have the knowledge and experience to design, implement and support the right Unit4 Financials solution for your business.

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Unit4 Financials 2022 Q1 Release

Unit4 Financials 2022 Q1 Release

The Unit4 Financials continuous release model helps to ensure that finance departments are equipped to handle their most pressing operational challenges.

Unit4 Financials 2022 Q1 was made available on 8th March 2022.

The new release contains all the previous Unit4 Financials functionality, new features plus additional customer requested fixes. This release also replaces the temporary solution in place to protect against the Apache Log4j vulnerability identified in December 2021 with a permanent fix.

Highlights of the release include:

Finance:

  • Print Invoices – attachment filename
  • Copy Company

Billing:

  • Use Structured Output in scheduled task for type Billing Issue

Console:

  • OpenID configuration restructure

Administration:

  • QR Codes on Print Formats
  • Print Formatter and Workflow Designer Authentication
  • OpenID Connect Authorization Code Flow with PKCE

Procurement:

  • Requisitions and Purchase Orders

General Fixes/Updates

  • Using a presenter with totals lines on matching from input lost a selected line because the software thought it was a total
  • ITK process ending time was being recorded even when a process component failed early on in the process run
  • Billing Flexifield dates on entry would always save on a different date if a Browser used a different timezone from the server
  • Export to Excel Spreadsheet did not handle divide by zero cells properly
  • Assets part disposal depreciation calculated incorrectly when cancel depreciation used
  • Assets full disposal calculating depreciation in disposal period incorrectly when cancel depreciation used
  • Assets Cost Centre Transfer – when transfer fails, the depreciation lock was incorrectly left in place
  • Transformation Parameters XML validation field label was not being translated
  • Running Table-Link Helper would left-justify document numbers, so then DTL would fail
  • Browse details export did not pass though the URL of hyperlinked user refs to a relevant recipient e.g. Excel
  • Bulk Load incorrectly creating log files for unrelated user and company code

The Release Notes detailing the fixes and features within this release can be found in the Documentation area on Unit4’s Community 4U.

Read here to find out when Financials updates are scheduled for 2022, along with important information for legacy V13 and V14 users.

Is it time to upgrade?

Upgrading your finance software can provide new functionality, increased automation and more efficient processes.

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5 top functionalities you might not be using in Unit4 Financials

Simple improvements to accounting software can often go a long way in saving time and effort for the user. The good news is that through its quarterly update model (Continuous Release), Unit4 Financials is constantly being enhanced to deliver the best possible user experience.

Have some valuable recent software additions passed you by? Here’s our rundown of some of the most noteworthy Unit4 Financials changes and new functionalities you may have missed…

A couple of new features in this area may be of interest. The first, released in 2020 Q1, was the option to change the posting period during the process of the payment run.

A further option is the ability to copy payment information into user references on the original invoice that was posted.

New options in this area make it easier to communicate payment information to customers.

There is now an additional checkbox under the Print Invoices function. When you print or send an invoice via email to a customer account, this allows you to add the PDF invoice to the Financials document.

You now also have the ability to generate an XML format invoice, rather than having to send a PDF.
The Print Invoice function can be set up as either a standalone or scheduled task. These additional enhancements (XML formatting and PDF attachments) can also now be used with scheduled tasks rather than just with standalone tasks.

Previously, your intercompany control account held on your destination and receiver masters could be set up as a matchable account, but not as a customer supply account. This meant if you wanted to generate invoices and send them to that intercompany counter party, you would have to create a separate element (because of the inability to generate any tax or VAT against the counter party when generating the invoice).

This has now changed, so the intercompany control account can also be a customer supplier account. It means you can use the same element against your intercompany control account, as you can against a control account where you were creating invoices etc. for that intercompany counter party.

The benefit is that it reduces the number of elements you need to create as part of your intercompany process.

The last couple of years has seen the introduction of some useful new access control, audit and general security measures.

From Version 14 onwards, you can now allocate users with different capabilities for different companies (for instance, you can assign a user with read only access for company A, but full admin access for company B).

In earlier versions of the solution, you had to log in as a LEVEL8 user or a LEVEL8 sub-user to change passwords and unlock users. In reality, this made it difficult to audit who was making the change. Unit4 has now widened the options for assigning capabilities to users. It makes it possible, for instance, to assign ordinary users with the ability to unlock other users and change those other users’ passwords.

For audit purposes, many organisations require journals to be reviewed by someone other than the document creator before those journals are posted. To facilitate this, Unit4 has introduced an optional control whereby users who are posting documents to the in tray can be prevented from posting the same documents to the books.

This update was designed primarily for cloud, but can be used with on-premise deployments as well. On the output device master, you now have the ability to specify that you want the file or document you are transferring to be transferred via SFTP. This is useful for tasks such as transferring BACS payment files when transacting with suppliers.

This option has also been added into structured output. It means that generated files – whether they are Avalara, XML or any other format – can also be transferred in SFTP.

How to unlock the full value of Unit4 Financials 

From best practice advice, system optimisation and configuration through to migration from legacy systems, Millennium Consulting enables organisations to realise maximum return on their Unit4 Financials investment. For expert input from an Elite Unit4 partner, speak to us today.

To explore your options in Unit4 Financials, contact us today

8 outdated attitudes that are putting your organisation's financial future at risk

There’s never been a more important time to plan your organisation’s financial future quickly and accurately. With so much uncertainty around, you need to be able to model the financial implications of what-of scenarios quickly.

But many financial planning and analysis functions are held back by outdated processes, systems and mindsets. They’re still acting in pre-Covid ways and need to rapidly re-invent themselves if they’re to survive the crisis and thrive in the strange new world which lies beyond it.

Here are our finance experts’ summaries of the eight most common mistakes that FP&A functions make and how they can avoid them.

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10 Questions on Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting

10 Questions on Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting


Insightful questions to help you benchmark your planning, budgeting and forecasting against best practice.

Download this checklist to discover:

  • The folly of focusing on software rather than processes.
  • How to be sure you can reveal correlations between key business drivers.
  • How to use predictive analytics and multiple ‘What if?’ scenarios to ditch the rear-view mirror approach.
  • How to support an agile, collaborative and connected finance department.

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Make your move from planning to trusted advisor - transforming FP&A

Learn more about how Unit4 can help your FP&A teams


Financial Planning and Analysis has had an important seat at the table for some time when it comes to the strategic future of the enterprise.

To discover a roadmap for elevating your teams from Planners to Trusted Advisors, click the link below to download the Unit4 white paper on the subject.

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Unit4 Financials and Community 4U

The Unit4 product community is well supported by thousands of global customers and partners alike. Better still, the product developers pay very close attention to it, which means if you have a good idea for an enhancement, there’s actually a good chance of it being incorporated in a future update.

Here’s a closer look at the Unit4 peer support available, and at how active customer participation results in a stronger, more dynamic product offering.

What is Community4U?

This is Unit4’s customer and partner community, made up of dedicated forums devoted to specific Unit4 solutions (including Unit4 Financials).

Through it, you can engage with other customers and partners, get in touch and ask questions, share tips and best practices and find solutions that will make your life easier.

The community also includes a process through which customers can suggest product enhancements (see below).

Benefits of accessing the community

The most obvious benefit of Community4U is the mutual support element. Users can learn from each other’s experiences, quickly get answers to queries and keep up with best practice.

Dipping into the community can also be useful from a professional growth perspective. Because it’s well supported, it’s a good way to engage with peers (people in similar roles within similar organisations, for instance) and build your network.

How to log a product enhancement idea

Do you have an idea for making a particular template more closely aligned to your reporting requirements? Would a simple tweak to a particular field save you a whole lot of time?

As a Unit4 Financials customer, you can use the community to log any suggestions any time you want. Suggestions are reviewed regularly by developers and opened to a vote to all portal users.

If an idea gets customer backing, Unit4 will assess whether it’s deliverable. Popular and do-able suggestions go into the development backlog and are ultimately delivered.

Some recent suggestions for enhancements have included the following:

• Remove trailing spaces automatically
• Set the name of the attachment sent by email
• ‘Remove the line’ checkbox as movable item on input template
• Custom portal per company
• Sorting payment proposals by date instead of payment code
• Mandatory fields on element template
• Cr/Dr differentiation on Distribution Master / Revaluation
• CODA Procurement: Irrecoverable Tax on Reversing VAT
• Schedule Change Periods (000223)
• Flexi fields in Assets as an alternative for the user (free) fields

The beauty of Unit4’s Continuous Release process is that tweaks and enhancements are rolled out to customers in a seamless way. These enhancements are driven in large part by customer feedback. Examples of user suggestions that have found their way into the Continuous Release cycle recently include ‘Remove trailing spaces automatically’, ‘Remove the line checkbox as movable item on input template’, and ‘Sorting payment proposals by date instead of payment code’.

Accessing the community

To set up an account for the Unit4 Community 4U, please send an email to community4u@unit4.com

Are you considering an upgrade in 2022?

Upgrading from legacy finance software helps to ensure system security, the best possible user experience and, ultimately, higher productivity. For expert upgrade input from an Elite Unit4 Partner, contact Millennium Consulting today.

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2022 Unit4 Financials Roadmap

2022 Financials Roadmap

The Unit4 Financials continuous release model helps to ensure that finance departments are equipped to handle their most pressing operational challenges. This includes new regulations, volatile market conditions, and internal pressures to do more with less.

To ease your transactional workload, 2022 looks set to see the introduction of some welcome additions to the Unit4 Financials platform. Here’s a closer look at what’s in the update pipeline.

One of the most attractive features of Unit4 Financials is its multi-everything design (country, company, currency, tax, language), ensuring the ability to handle even the most complex or evolving corporate structures.

You can run your system as a single version worldwide, thereby ensuring consistency and visibility across the enterprise. But alongside this, you also get the flexibility to satisfy a huge range of local statutory and accounting approaches found around the world.

We are set to see further evidence of this ‘global yet local’ approach in 2022. A prime example comes in the form of new structured output for closer integration with ELSTER, Germany’s electronic tax return system.

The solution already includes the ability to produce invoices in an xml format. Unit4 is in the process of enabling this with billing, also.

The solution should also shortly accommodate QR codes on print formats.

For auditing and general ease of admin, life becomes so much easier if you can save actual billing documents within the platform itself. Unit4 added attachments to billing in early 2021. They are now going a step further, enabling you to copy those attachments over to the Financials document.

The last couple of years have seen a gradual extension of Financials’ ‘scheduled tasks’ functionality, (hierarchy updates, asset depreciation and reconciliation are a few recent examples). Driven by customer demand, you will also shortly be able to add a scheduled task for the Open/Close Period.

A new Supplier Filter will be added to procurement.

Future vision for 2022 and beyond

This functionality is already available with an on-premise set-up, Unit4 is looking at creating a cloud version.

Introduced in Continuous Release 2020, tablelink for cloud gives you an on-premise version of your link tables, and an API that takes the data into the cloud. Expect further enhancements to this function over the coming years.

• Define name for email attachments
Certain activities within the product involve emailing attachments to customers or suppliers (invoices and statements, for instance). This upcoming new function enables you to define the names of these attachments. This can be useful for preventing the messages from being caught by user email filters.

• Expiry for element banks and addresses
You will shortly be able to expire a bank as against a customer or supplier account. You can still see it (but not use it) when inputting your documents.

• Specify address for email output
At the moment, the system picks up the default email address for a customer or a supplier account. Unit4 looks set to make it easier to send different categories of communications to different email addresses within the same customer organisation.

• Copy company set open number range
It will shortly become easier to copy and move defined extracts of company information.

Areas of focus for Unit4 over the next few continuous releases include:

• Support for Wildfly 25
• 3rd party library updates
• Corrective maintenance

Seamless interoperability with business applications of all types is a further major benefit of the Financials product. Building on this, Unit4 will be looking to introduce further ways to integrate Financials with the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Other technical enhancements include the following:

• Clustering performance
• Cloud SaaS improvements
• Cloud product usage
• Rationalised and centralised DB access
• A simpler cloud deployment system
• Upgrade script improvements
• Audit trail upgrade improvements
• Download xml client libraries
• Alternative document repository
• People platform integration

Important upgrade information

Support for Unit4 Financials V13 has already been withdrawn. Support for V14 will expire at the end of 2022. Failure to upgrade before then increases the likelihood of incurring extended support charges from Unit4.

Upgrading enables you to:
• Access the latest functionality
• Reduce operational risk and processing costs
• Continue to access Unit4’s “in support” software maintenance and support package
• Ensure you are up to date with Unit4’s latest software security package

As an Elite Unit4 Partner, Millennium Consulting specialises in delivering a seamless upgrade, while also ensuring your upgraded solution is fully aligned with organisational requirements.

To explore your options in Unit4 Financials, contact us today.

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Unit4 Financials Continuous Release Schedule 2022

Unit4 Financials Continuous Release Schedule 2022

The Unit4 Financials platform is maintained via a continuous release model. Thanks to this predictable cycle of quarterly updates, users get timely access to the type of customer-driven enhancements that helps to keep the finance department ahead of the game.

Read on to find out when Financials updates are scheduled for 2022, along with important information for legacy V13 and V14 users.

Unit4 Financials planned releases

2022Q1 Release  Planned 8 March 2022
2022Q2 Release  Planned 7 June 2022
2022Q3 Release  Planned 13 September 2022
2022Q4 Release  Planned 6 December 2022

These dates can sometimes be subject to alteration.

To read a summary of what has been added since October 2020, along with a closer look at some of the most noteworthy enhancements, read What’s new in Unit4 Financials Continuous Release?

Post release, an .iso for each release is available from the Software Distribution Server.


Information for V13 users

V13 was previously maintained via Service Pack updates. The last Service Pack (23) was released on 27 September 2019. These previous updates are still available to download on the Software Distribution Server. No further Service Packs for V13 will be forthcoming.

Discover the latest Unit4 Financials features in V13 here.

Please note that maintenance for V13 was retired in February 2021.

No critical bug fixes for this product are being issued.


Information for V14 users

V14 is maintained via a full re-release of the software on .iso, available from the Software Distribution Server. The most recent V14 Release Pack – Release 17 – was made available on 28 November 2021.

Future Releases for 2022 are still to be confirmed (at time of writing) and will be dependent on user demand and the nature of any issues that arise.

Discover the latest Unit4 Financials features in V14 here.

Please note that maintenance for V14 will cease at the end of December 2022.


Distribution and notification of cloud updates

Unit4 Cloud customers are notified by Unit4 Cloud support when their pre-production and production systems will be updated. This information can also be found within the Cloud Services – Release Schedules area.


Updating your legacy systems

Support for Unit4 Financials V13 has already been withdrawn. Support for V14 will expire at the end of 2022. Failure to upgrade before then increases the likelihood of incurring extended support charges from Unit4.

Upgrading enables you to:

  • Access the latest functionality
  • Reduce operational risk and processing costs
  • Continue to access Unit4’s “in support” software maintenance and support package
  • Ensure you are up to date with Unit4’s latest software security package

As an Elite Unit4 Partner, Millennium Consulting specialises in delivering a seamless upgrade, while also ensuring your upgraded solution is fully aligned with organisational requirements.

Is it time to upgrade?

Upgrading your finance software can provide new functionality, increased automation and more efficient processes.

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Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner Status Reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022

Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner Status Reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022

January 26th, 2022

Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner status reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022.

The Unit4 global partner program operates across three levels focused on capabilities, contributions, and customer satisfaction. Elite level partners have achieved the highest level within the Unit4 partner program. This level is awarded to partners that have consistently demonstrated the ability to meet the highest level of success with Unit4 and our joint customers.

Jeremy Lucas, COO at Millennium Consulting, “We are all delighted by the continued recognition of our Elite Partner status by Unit4. Last year presented plenty of challenges, but the whole team went above and beyond to ensured we continued to best serve our customers and offer them the excellent service we’ve become known for. To be re-awarded Elite Partner status is a fantastic way for Millennium to start the year.”