Synchronizing Contacts With Customers, Vendors, and Bank Accounts

If some of your contacts are also customers, vendors, or bank accounts, you can synchronize the contact information with the related customer, vendor, or bank account. Synchronization makes information that is common between contacts and customers, vendors, or bank account the same.

Before you can synchronize your contacts with customers, vendors, or bank accounts, you must specify a business relation code for customers, vendors, and bank accounts in the Marketing Setup window. For more information, see Setting Up Relationship Management.

Different Ways to Synchronize Contacts with Customers, Vendors and Bank Accounts

You can synchronize your contacts with customers, vendors, or bank accounts by three methods:

Consequences of Synchronization

When the contact is synchronized with the customer, vendor, bank account:

  • You only have to update information in one place. For example, if you modify the phone number on the contact, the phone number is automatically updated with the same modification on the customer, the vendor, or the bank account.
  • If you have specified a number series for contacts, when you create a customer card, a vendor card, or a bank account card, a contact card is automatically created for the customer, vendor or bank account.
  • You can create sales quotes and orders, and purchase quotes and orders from the contact.
  • You can have your interactions recorded when you perform actions such as printing orders, blanket orders, creating sales service orders, sending e-mails, and so on.
  • If you delete a contact linked to a customer, vendor or bank account, only the contact is removed. The customer, vendor, or bank account remains.
  • If you delete a customer, vendor, bank account linked to a contact, the contact remains.
Note

Some details, such as invoicing and posting details, do not appear on the contact card. Therefore, you may want to add them manually on the customer card, vendor card, or bank account card when you create contacts as customers, vendors or bank accounts.

See Also

Managing Contacts
Working with Financials