Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.9 - Perf, GUI and QuickBooks

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

We have just released Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.9.

The major performance improvement is  the local caching of the retrieved sales history. The previous version was downloading twice the sales history, once at startup-time for the initial report display and once at upload-time. Since the aggregated sales history tends to be fairly compact, all the data is now locally cached, avoiding multiple data retrievals from your business application.

The major GUI improvement of this release is the addition of a progress bar (in green in the screenshot below). Indeed, retrieving all your sales data and all the associated sales forecast can take several minutes depending on the amount of sales data. Thus, it is better to provide visual progress feedback during the process.


The settings panel also includes a couple of cosmetic improvements. The 3rd party connector (called sales providers in the source code) are no more named after their respective C# class name. Instead, they get more meaningful name. For example, Dynacom under MS Access option now replaces the cryptic DynacomMsAccessProvider.

The major bugfix concerns QuickBooks. The version 1.0.9 has been tested against QuickBooks Premier Edition 2007. Several issues have been corrected. You should now be able to get sales forecasts for your QuickBooks-enabled business.

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Lokad gets a Dynacom Performance Grant

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

Dynacom is major accounting solution available both in English and in French. One month ago, Lokad was granted a Dynacom Performance Grant. We have really appreciated the support of the Dynacom staff while designing the Dynacom sales forecasting add-on.

We are very proud to announce that Lokad Desktop Sales forecasting now supports Dynacom both under MS Access and under MS SQL Server starting from version 1.0.8.

Also, in order to facilitate the integration of Lokad within Dynacom, we have already released a free Dynacom Synergy add-on  (see the complete list of Dynacom add-ons) that can be used to launch Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting directly from the Dynacom application.

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Lokad Desktop v1.0.7 supports MS Office Accounting 2007

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We have released today Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting v1.0.7. This release comes with many improvements including

  • bugfixes affecting most of the providers (potential issue with in case of paging for large catalogs).
  • performance improvements (zeroes are now stripped out of the time-series at upload).
  • NEW support for Microsoft Office Accounting 2007.

We suggest to upgrade to this new version.

ChangeLog v1.0.7

2007-04-24 [vermorel] NEW LokadWebApiProvider updated to match 'lokadapi.php' v2.0.0
2007-04-24 [vermorel] NEW Dynacom under MS SQL Server supported.
2007-04-24 [vermorel] TimeSerie compacting added (strong performance improvements for TS upload).
2007-04-24 [vermorel] Smart auto date formatting based on the chosen period.
2007-04-24 [vermorel] Multi-provider BUG: paged queries must be on a per-product basis
    - CommerceStarterKitProvider fixed
    - OsCommerceProvider fixed
    - DynacomMsSqlProvider fixed
    - DotnetCartProvider fixed
    - ECommerceFrameworkProvider fixed
    - MicrosoftAccountingProvider fixed
    - SmileHouseProvider fixed
    - XseDotnetProvider fixed
2007-04-24 [vermorel] Improved setting UI (WS and Prefix are grayed while BG workers).
2007-04-24 [vermorel] Bug fixed for Monthly forecasts.
2007-04-14 [augustin] Bug fixed for OsCommerceProvider (query was invalid for multi-lingual shops).
2007-04-15 [vermorel] New environment variable added LOKAD_DESKTOP_PATH during install.
2007-04-14 [vermorel] NEW Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 supported.

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Lokad becomes a Corporate Partner of osCommerce

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

We are very proud to announce that Lokad had become one of the few corporate partners of osCommerce.

For the osCommerce users, Lokad is providing no less than 3 methods to get integrated sales forecasting

  • Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting, a PHP contribution to deply within osCommerce.
  • Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting, a Windows application that interacts with your osCommerce store.
    • through a direct MySQL connection if such a connection is made possible by the hosting provider.
    • through a small PHP API if no remote database connection can be made.

The details of tradeoff between those versions is explained on the community page.

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Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0 released

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

We are very proud to anounce that we have just released a major upgrade of Lokad osCommerce Sales Forecasting v2.0.

 This new release includes

  • performance haw been greatly improved.
  • several bugs have been fixed.
  • error messages have been polished.
  • massive code refactoring (more simple & elegant code).
  • lot of inline documentation added.

Special thanks to

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Starting the partnership program

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

In the past few months, we have been working with an increasing number of "potential" partners. Somehow, we ended up with a lot of similar situations; but without any official partnership program, it was becoming difficult for us to move forward. Thus, Lokad has just started its officiial partnership program.

We are seeking

  • software editors (with integration add-ons)
  • IT services providers (helping our customers to deploy Lokad)
  • hosting providers (because software is not nothing without an hosting provider).
Just check our Partnering with Lokad page. We have tried to avoid as much as possible the marketing jargon in order to go straight to what really matters. You have no excuse not to check this page :-) All feedbacks will be greatly appreciated.

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