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Why are ERP Transactions getting counted twice?!?


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I’ve been hearing that Acumatica cares more and more lately about ERP Transactions (vs. Commercial Transactions) so it’s super important that companies keep an eye on how many ERP Transactions they have each month and that they aren’t going over the number of ERP Transactions that they are licensed for or they will start having to pay more for Acumatica.

 

I’m ok with ERP Transactions, they make sense to me, but I noticed a scenario where what I consider to be 1 transaction actually counts as 2 ERP Transactions.

 

Can someone from Acumatica (maybe @Aliya) explain why this is happening?

 

You can see the scenario shown in my demo environment (no customizations) in this 4 minute video segment:

 

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Best answer by mrysev 10 July 2024, 16:37

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Thanks for bringing this up. Let us review this internally. 

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Hi @TimRodman

 

Thank you for this post.

Have you tried to review Document Details tab for details about those operations? You should see that the release operation will generate 2 ERP transactions - one for ARInvoice and another one for GLBatch. So this is expected behavior. 

Please let us know if have any additional questions 
 

 

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Thank you @Aliya and @mrysev. As you pointed out, it’s the GL Batch.

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I tested this.  My test system with U100 data generated 4 total transactions.  Build 24.106.00.18

Invoice Release
INRegister
GL Batch
GL Batch

 

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Ah, yes, if a Stock Item is involved, then it gets counted 6 times rather than 2 times. I just created a Part 2 video that covers that scenario.

Since this is a VERY important topic, I just created a dedicated page for it with the 2 videos that I’ve made so far (maybe more to come) and a central independent place for people to leave their comments about their own experiences with ERP Transactions in Acumatica:

AugForums.com/ERPTransactions

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Ah, yes, if a Stock Item is involved, then it gets counted 6 times rather than 2 times. I just created a Part 2 video that covers that scenario.

Since this is a VERY important topic, I just created a dedicated page for it with the 2 videos that I’ve made so far (maybe more to come) and a central independent place for people to leave their comments about their own experiences with ERP Transactions in Acumatica:

AugForums.com/ERPTransactions

 

Very good work.  I know my previous company was at around 80-90% utilization for Commercial Transactions but always 125%-150% average on ERP Transactions. 

If you get a chance take a look at how automation schedules revolve around the sending of e-mail on the Send and Receive Email screen vs. Email Pending Processing also.  I think you’ll find some interesting things when you look at how many transactions get processed between the two for a schedule that runs say every 30 minutes.  The Email Pending is far less transaction intensive.  

 

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If you get a chance take a look at how automation schedules revolve around the sending of e-mail on the Send and Receive Email screen vs. Email Pending Processing also.

 

I’ve heard about that too. It’s on my list 😀

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Regarding emails you may want to check following article:
 

 

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Thanks @mrysev. Ya, I’ve seen that scenario and it’s baffling, especially in light of the new Personal Email Account feature in Acumatica 2023 R2 which makes it MUCH easier to bring everyone’s email accounts into Acumatica so they can send emails from Acumatica as if it came from them and not a boring generic system email account. The new Personal Email Account feature is AWESOME, but it will totally burn you if you use it.

 

As that article points out, you get dinged for each email account, each time the email schedule runs to process email. So, if you have 20 email accounts setup in Acumatica and they process email every 10 minutes (24 hours * 60 minutes per hour / every 10 minutes = 144 executions per day), that’s 20 email accounts * 144 executions per day * 30 average days per months =

86,400 ERP Transactions per month which is INSANE!!!

 

I’m pretty confident that there will be enough of an uproar that Acumatica will remove email schedule executions from ERP Transactions, but it will be up to people like me to get the uproar to be load enough for Acumatica Leadership to hear it. I’m sure that you good people in support already agree with me on it; it’s the executives that we need to convince and I’m working on it 😀

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This is really the issue with Acumatica trying to charge based on “ERP & Commercial Transactions”. While it sounds nice compared to user licensing, it is also totally unpredictable as a metric that normal people can understand. And because it’s opaque, it is also subject to shenanigans like the ones detailed above. It’s like Microsoft charging based on how many times people are going to click “Save” in Microsoft Word. Does anyone really have time for that kind of thing?

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It is also totally unpredictable as a metric that normal people can understand.

 

Personally I don’t think it’s unpredictable, it just requires more understanding and I’m currently in that “more understanding” process. Whether it’s something that “normal people” can understand remains to be seen, but I personally think that “normal people” can surprise you with what they’re capable of 😀

Can someone tell me if exceeding your % of ERP Transactions will slow down your Acumatica system performance?  

Disregard my original question… I found it. License Monitoring Console.  

*****Can someone remind me the screen name where you can see the number of ERP & Commercial Transactions for each month?  

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@carcher A higher transaction volume naturally puts more strain on the system and slows things down, but I have been wondering if Acumatica does any type of “throttling” if you’re over on your ERP Transactions to prevent you from being a “noisy neighbor” to other customers who are running on the same hardware in the Acumatica Cloud.

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