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Elliott V8.1 Release Notes: What's New Since Elliott V8.0

What’s New Since Elliott V8.0

Below is a list of new features that have been implemented since the Elliott V8.0 general release.  Most of the details of these features can be found online at Please search there to locate the appropriate documentation if you wish to learn more.

Support New Credit Card Processing Standard

Elliott 8.1 supports the TLS (Transport Layer Security) V1.2 communication, which is the new standard required by the financial industry.  It allows Elliott to communicate with the new credit card payment gateway servers, which conform to the latest security standard. This is one of the main reasons we dropped support for older Windows operating systems because they will not support TLS 1.2 communication. In addition, for POS (point-of-sales) users, we now support credit card chip (EMV) interface for eligible devices (Verifone MX 915 and up).

Spooled Reports Auto Archive Features

With our Elliott V8.0 release, we introduced the ability to spool an unlimited number of reports without needing to archive.  However, some users create hundreds of thousands of spooled reports without archiving, which makes our Elliott Spooled Reports Manager performance extremely slowly. In Elliott 8.1, we now automatically archive spooled reports by month.  You can turn off the auto archive feature or change it to archive by day or by year.  For certain high-volume reports, you can choose to give them their own node and not include them with other reports in the same module.

Deferred Processing Recurring by the Minute

Before Elliott 8.0, you could schedule deferred processing to recur by day.  Some users choose to automate certain tasks by running them every few minutes. Since deferred processing did not support recurring by the minute, some users set up many identical tasks separated by the minute. This is tedious to set up in the first place and difficult to maintain in the future.


In Elliott 8.1, we now support deferred processing by the minute.  This can be useful to automate certain tasks, such as sales order import or order acknowledgment email.

Attributes Enhancement

Similar to the security implementation in Notes, Elliott 8.1 now includes Shareable for Read, Change and Delete flags in the attribute code setup. In addition, attribute security is now subject to supervisory relationship.  That is to say, if user A is a supervisor of  user B, then user A will be able to read, change or delete any user B’s attributes.  Also, in Elliott 8.1 users can now navigate from one attribute to the next without needing to exit to the attribute list screen.

Expansion of SY12MONS Table

Similar the IMLOCHST (I/M Item Location History) table, the SY12MONS (System 12 Months) table allows users to keep track of 12 months of information for various tables. In Elliott V8.1, we now start to collect 12 months of data for the following tables:

  • From AP various posting: APVENFIL.
  • From Payroll Check Posting: EMPFILE.

No user interface is provided to present this collected data, however this is expected to be included in a future release.

A/P Simple Transaction Processing

Generally speaking, users will use the New A/P Transaction Processing feature to add new vouchers for received invoices. A/P Simple Transaction Processing uses a simplified user interface to allow you to enter certain invoices if you don’t need to distribute to multiple G/L accounts. In addition, this user interface allows import from a CSV file. If you can download payable information, like credit card statements or online payments from your banking website, then you can speed up the process of entering A/P vouchers.

Reset A/P Vendor Accumulators

This utility is designed to help when you miss the year-end closing date for Accounts Payable.  It will allow you to recalculate the following fields in the vendor file based on checks and voucher information in the A/P Open Item File (APOPNFIL):

  • Vendor Purchase YTD
  • Vendor Purchase Last Year
  • Vendor Amount Paid YTD
  • Vendor Amount Paid Last year
  • Vendor Discount YTD
  • Vendor Discount Last

Support Payroll Check History Export to CSV

Payroll Check History Reports contain a lot of valuable information that you can use as a basis for creating other types of reports, especially those reports required by the government. By adding the CSV option, we are giving you the flexibility and convenience to perform calculation of needed payroll information through a spreadsheet.

GTIN and Multiple UPC per Item Support

In the past, you were allowed to have one UPC code per item.  In most circumstances, the GTIN (Global Trading Item Number -- i.e., the case pack UPC code) is derived from the UPC code.  However, certain manufacturers do not follow proper procedures when creating case pack barcodes. They may create a second UPC code for the case pack.  They may also create a separate GTIN not related to the item UPC code.  With this Elliott enhancement, you can now assign multiple UPC codes to an item.  You can also add the GTIN to an item not based on the item’s UPC code.  In addition, a UPC code can have a case pack quantity associated with it, similar to a GTIN.  This greatly enhances the flexibility with UPC or GTIN features in Elliott.

Item Search Drill Down Improvement

In the Item Generic Search (F7 or F8) window, users can now drill down to the following areas:

  • Stock Status Inquiry
  • Item File Inquiry
  • Add-Ons Sales Item – this requires turning on the Global Setup flag in I/M Global Setup “18. Allow Drill Down to Add-Ons From Item Search”

Reordering Advice User-Defined CSV Export Improvement

Reordering Advice User-Defined CSV Export is equivalent to Elliott’s inventory report writer. If you try to retrieve certain inventory-related information from Crystal Report Writer and find it difficult, you should consider using this function. This report allows you retrieve and combine the following Elliott data for a given item and location:

  • Data in the item master
  • Data in the inventory location
  • Data in I/M location history
  • Data in ATP database

Now, we are also adding support for attributes. The following is a list of new column types:

  • AR – Attribute
  • 1V – 1st ATP pending receiving vessel ID
  • 1Q – 1st ATP pending receiving quantity
  • 1D – 1st ATP pending receiving date

In addition, the parameters for printing Reordering Advice User-Defined CSV Export have been greatly expanded.

Reset IM Item Accumulators

This feature allows users to recalculate item PTD, YTD and last year’s accumulators based on item location history. You may consider doing this when you miss your regular month-end or year-end procedure.

Inventory Snapshot

In I/M Stock Status Report, we added an option called "Create Inventory Snapshot." If you answer “Yes,” then it will be as if you take a snapshot of the inventory as you print the Stock Status Report. This option is not available when printing the report by product category order.  You can create as many snapshots as you want and the data printed on the Stock Status Report will be stored in two new tables.  A new report, Snapshot Stock Status, will allow you to select a snapshot to generate the report.  The report will print inventory quantities from the time of the snapshot and not the current inventory values.  Normally, you would perform a snapshot at the month-end. This is of great value to the financial department if they need to provide inventory details to an auditor as of a certain date.

Order Release Log File

We now provide the option to create a held order release log file in CSV format.  You can do so by turning on this feature in Global Setup for Credit Check and Release.  This can be useful if you need to find out who released the order.  Also, it will log the reason why the order was put on hold in the first place.

Print Duplicate Invoices from Invoice History

Users can now conveniently print a duplicate invoice from the Invoice History Inquiry screen, provided that user has the security access to print a duplicate invoice.  In addition, unlike the previous restriction that required users to print duplicate invoices one at time, users can now print ranges of invoices from invoice history through various parameters. Since invoice history tends to be very large, the system will optimize performance based on existing indexes of the invoice database when users choose the following parameters:

  • By invoice ranges
  • By customer number ranges
  • By order number range
  • By invoice date range

BOMP Gross Requirement Report Improvement

BOMP Gross Requirement Report now adds support for kit items. A kit item is treated like a manufacturing parent item with product structure defined in the kit file.  In addition, we now support entering by sales order number.  This will cause the Gross Requirement Report to analyze all line items of a given sales order or quote.


If a user can prepare a CSV file of items and quantity, a user can also optionally import that to the Gross Requirement Report. The end result is that the new BOMP Gross Requirement Report is so flexible now that it can be considered as a mini-MRP application without the burden of running an MRP system.

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