Tip #1701 – Using the dynaMACS System Information Setup Screen to Pre-Select Reporting Options

In dynaMACS you can set defaults for some of the reporting options which will save you time by eliminating the need to set them each time you run a report.

  • You can choose to build State/Region codes on the fly when running a Sales Analysis report if they are missing from the customer record.  This feature will combine the State Code plus the first 3 digits of the zip code from the customer address.
  • When running Sales Analysis reports you can choose to automatically skip to a new page for select codes if the Customer ABC code contains any one of the pre-selected codes.
  • Print Sales Analysis reports sorted alphabetically by the Look-Up code rather than Customer code.
  • Set Agency Commission printing options to Print Always, Never, or Prompt the user.
  • Set default to turn off automatic page skipping on all general reports.

Access Reporting Options

  1. From the dynaMACS main screen select Other Functions> Administration>System Information Setup. 
  2. Select the Reporting Options tab from the System Information Setup screen.

Select Options for Sales Analysis Reports

  1. To build the State/Region code “on the fly” in Sales Analysis reports, select the checkbox.
  2. To set Page Skipping for customers with the pre-selected ABC codes, enter the ABC code here.
  3. To print Sales Analysis reports sorted in alphabetical order using the Look-Up code rather than the Customer code, select the checkbox.

Select Options for Sales Entry/Commission Reconciliation/Open Invoice reports

  1. Select your preference for Printing Agency Commission from the drop down box.
    • Prompt will prompt the user to print Agency Commission for users that can see commissions.
    • Never Print will set the default so Agency Commission will never print for all users.
    • Always Print will set the default so Agency Commission will always print for users that can see Agency Commissions.
  2. To disable automatic page skipping, check the box next to “Default for Don’t Skip Page on Level Break”.
  3. After all of your Reporting Options have been selected, click on the Save button.

Tip #1612 – Using the dynaMACS System Information Setup Screen to Set the Frequency and Warning Messages for Restore Points

Restore points in dynaMACS are important when performing some functions such as posting sessions or doing transfers. (Please see Tip #1308 on the importance of creating a restore point.)  In dynaMACS you can control when your Restore Points are required or set a warning when the Restore Point SHOULD be done.  The following tip will walk you through setting this up.

Setting the Restore Point Frequency/Warning Message

  1. From the main dynaMACS screen select Other Functions>Administration>System Information Setup.
  2. Select the Restore Points tab at the top of the System Information Setup screen.
  3. There are three processes for which you can setup warnings or required defaults.
  4. Select the appropriate radio button.
    • Required Everytime will force the user to create a restore point each time this process is run.
    • Required Once Daily will force the user to create a restore point the first time this process is run each day.
    • Warning Everytime will display a warning to create a restore point each time this process is run.
    • Warning Once Daily will display a warning to create a restore point the first time this process is run each day.
    • Never will not show a warning or force a restore point when this process is run.

5.   Once your selections have been made click on the Save button.

Tip #1610 – Understanding the Symbols and Codes on a dynaMACS Sales Analysis Report

When reviewing your dynaMACS Sales Analysis reports there are two symbols to look for that will easily identify customers with first time sales as well as customers with no sales in 3+ months.  There are also codes that are displayed to help you identify Column Settings and Sub Totals that where selected for this report as well as filters that may have been used.

  1.  The Column Set displays the Column Set that was chosen when creating the report.  In the following example G1 was selected.
  2.  The Subtotals displays the Subtotals Code that was selected when creating this reportIn the following example S1 was selected.
  3. Customers that have a Less-Than (<) sign to the right of the Last Activity date are those that have no sales in 3 months or longer.
  4. Customers that have an Asterisk (*) to the right of the Last Activity date are first time
  5. The Filter field at the bottom left hand corner of the report will display all of the filter    selections chosen when creating this report.  In this example we have selected Mfg Code IRC thru MNC, Rep Code is JB and Cust Type A thru

Tip #1609 – A customer may be known by different names by different manufacturers. This can create unwanted customer duplication during the sales entry process.

In business it is common that companies merge, create DBA’s or an alias.  dynaMACS has a unique feature that allows you to refer to the correct customer.  The instructions below will walk you through how to accomplish this.

Add the New Customer

Add the new customer (DBA or Alias) which will be related in dynaMACS. In this example we added customer Babson Tooling (customer code BABT00).note

  1.  Edit the original customer in dynaMACS to reflect the new customer as a reference   customer in the Related To field.  In this example the customer B & B Tooling (BBTO00) is the original customer. Babson Tooling (customer code BABT00) is the Related To customer.
  2. Change the Status for B & B Tooling to Reference Only.
  3. Select the Save/Exit button.sales-entry-screen-1

Making Sales Entries Using Related to Customers

  1. In Sales Entry, enter the old customer code for B & B Tooling (BBTO00).
  2. You will get a message as seen below displaying the Reference Customer code.  Select the OK button.sales-entry-screen-2
  3. After selecting the OK button you will see that the Customer Code changes to the newly created Reference Customer code for Babson Tooling (BABT00).


Case Study: David Gooding, Inc.

 “The accessibility to data we have with dynaMACS is tremendous. It’s extremely user friendly for everyone at the agency.”

Patrick Carroll, Information Systems
David Gooding Inc.

David_Gooding_LogoClient Challenge

David Gooding Inc.’s old software pulled information from a Microsoft database and applied data tables to it, based on computer code the user had to enter. If that sounds complicated, it was. The tedious process was built for programmers. Attempting to run a sales report practically required the user to have a degree in Computer Science. The sales agency was in dire need of a more user friendly software.

David_Gooding_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

Then David Gooding was introduced to dynaMACS. Patrick Carroll, Gooding’s Information Systems Manager, knew right away that dynaMACS had the ease-of-use the agency was looking for. “The accessibility to data that we have with dynaMACS is tremendous. It is extremely user friendly for everyone.”

“With one mouse click, you can drill down to more information from any screen,” he says. “The ability to get any information you need, instantly and easily, is a big benefit to everyone at the agency.”

Various people at the agency access dynaMACS in different ways. The owner has remote access, and the lead salesperson has dynaMACS Mobile on his laptop. Both have access to up-to-date information on manufacturers, customers and sales reps from anywhere they are – at home, on the road or at the office.

One of Carroll’s favorite features is the ability to email reports directly from dynaMACS Sales IQ. The agency can email reports instantly to manufacturers, customers and salespeople. Selecting the email button creates the email with the report attached in PDF format. dynaMACS pulls up the appropriate customer, manufacturer or sales rep which the report will be sent to – and the user never has to open Outlook – the process is automatic.

“With dynaMACS, we’re well informed about our business,” Carroll says. “During the month, we can quickly see where all manufacturers stand, what groups of product categories are being sold and much more. It’s an invaluable sales tool.”

Tip #1608 – Save Time by Using the Manufacturer Customer Code During Manual Entry

When entering Sales and Commissions directly from a manufacturer’s spreadsheet or invoice, it may be quicker to enter in Sales Entry using the Manufacturer Customer Code.  The following tip explains how to customize a sales entry session to accomplish this.

  1.  From the Sales Entry screen select the Customize button.Sales Entry Screen 1
  2. Select the Manufacturer radio button and enter the Manufacturer Code.  In this example we will use the manufacturer code APC for Apcal Alloy Company.  You can click on the Binoculars button to search for the Manufacturer Code if you don’t have it.
  3. Select By Mfr Cust Code from the drop down in the Customer field.
  4. Click on the Save button and then select the Exit button.Sales Entry Options Screen
  5. You will be returned to the Sales Entry screen.
  6. Select the Add button to begin adding your sales and commission information.Sales Entry Screen 2
  7. Below is a sample of a manufacturer spreadsheet from the manufacturer Apcal Alloy      Company which shows the manufacturer customer codes along with the sales and       commission information.Manufacturer Spreadsheet
  8. Enter the Manufacturer code in the Sales Entry screen and select <Enter>.  (In this example it’s APC for Apcal Alloy Company)
  9. You will notice that the cursor then jumps directly to the Mfg Cust Code 1 field where you     can enter the manufacturer customer code from the spreadsheet or invoice.  You can also click on the Binoculars button to search for the Manufacturer Customer Code if you don’t have it.  From here you can continue on with your sales entry as normal.Sales Entry Screen 3