The Attivo Blog

Jan 19 2017

B2B Ecommerce Continues to Grow at Breakneck Speeds

When people talk about ecommerce they immediately think about online retail juggernauts like Amazon and EBay. There’s a good reason for that too. Retail ecommerce has made traditional brick and mortar stores completely revamp how they do business.

People don’t traditionally equate ecommerce platforms with B2B sales. That, however, is changing. A recent study done by Gartner showed that B2B ecommerce sales increased 15% year over year in 2015, and that trend is expected to continue through 2020, with US sales exceeding $1.1 trillion. That would account for more than 12% of all B2B sales within the next few years.


Jan 04 2017

Webinar: Easily take Credit Cards in Macola, anytime, anywhere

According to a recent Forbes article, 58 percent of small businesses are regularly asked by their customers to accept credit cards. The SBA states that card payments are evolving into the most common method of customer payment.

As a business owner, you may be feeling the pressure to start accepting credit cards. Or, perhaps, you're already accepting credit cards, but the process is time-consuming for your B2B customers.

Thankfully, we have a simple solution that makes credit card processing simple for Macola ERP customers.


Dec 28 2016

Check-Lists for Month-End & Year-End Procedures in Macola ERP

The once-a-year event is coming ever closer, and you may be reaching for your hand-written notes trying to remember how-to complete the Year-End procedures for Macola. Don't worry. We have your back. We've created two new, beautiful, easy to follow check-lists on Month-End and Year-End procedures for all versions of Macola ERP.


Dec 26 2016

Credit Card Fraud is on the Rise – Are Your Customers Protected?

There is nothing quite like the holiday season to remind us all just how handy it is to have a credit card in our wallets. In fact, according to a study by the 2015 Verizon PCI Compliance report, credit card transactions are expected to exceed $9 trillion dollars by 2018. That would account for 1/3 of all consumer purchases. With the growth of credit card usage comes the inevitable growth in credit card fraud. A recent Barclay’s study indicates that nearly 47% of all credit card fraud in the world originates in the United States. If you are a business that accepts credit cards, protecting your customers from theft and yourself from liability has never been more important.


Dec 22 2016

World Leaders share the books that inspired them

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

― Maya Angelou

Inspiration and motivation doesn't just magically appear. It's cultivated through education, mentorship and leadership. As we start to look toward the end of 2016 and contemplate New Years Resolutions and design our "Dream Board", Sage Software, the enterprise resource planning software we sell and support, has come out with an interactive graphic of books that inspire some of the world's top leaders. 


Dec 19 2016

Affordable (and Excellent) Options For Collecting Shop Floor Data

Shop Floor data collection is critical to accomplish two critical objectives: Cost Control and Inventory Control…pretty important things for a manufacturer.  Why trust this to hand written records, with a delay in entry to the system?


Dec 13 2016

WiSys Webinar on Thursday, December 15th: Reduce Your Macola Transaction Time

Looking for ways to save time during your day? A great place to start is order management. We know that the order management process in Macola can be time consuming, so join us this Thursday, December 15th at 1pm for our WiSys webinar and we'll show you how to streamline order processing to save hundreds of hours!


Dec 12 2016

Next Generation of Cloud Computing - what to expect in 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that people were declaring cloud computing as the future of business. It took quite some time for people to wrap their heads around what exactly “in the cloud” meant, but now there are very few businesses that don’t run at least some of their day to day operations in the cloud. Of course, now that cloud computing is being more widely accepted, it is evolving. Such is the case for any game changing technology.

The next phase of cloud computing will have an important impact on the manufacturing and distribution industries as well. Cloud hosted ERP will get more secure and more powerful.  Here is what is coming and how it will change the face of cloud computing.


Dec 02 2016

Top 4 Features to Look for in a Payment Gateway

While at lunch the other day I overheard a couple of coworkers complaining about sales people that push too hard and give too many discounts on mission-critical software systems. "I'm not going to rush in switching Payment Gateways just because of his month-end quota," I heard one guy say, "no matter what discounts he throws at me! It's too important of a decision to be hasty."

So, what should you look for when choosing a new Payment Gateway? Here are 4 top questions to ask yourself:


Dec 01 2016

Webinar: Simplified Planning, Scheduling & Shop Floor Data Collection for Macola

Have you heard? Manufacturing is undergoing a fourth revolution through technology and the internet. And that's where LYNQ comes in with transformative technology for ERP.  Find out how the technology will help growing small manufacturers with simplified planning, scheduling and shop floor data collection during our live webinar next Tuesday, December 6th at 10 am PST.


Nov 10 2016

Bill of Materials (BOM) – Using Waste and Shrinkage

Not every manufacturing process is perfect – there is usually some kind of material loss during the fabrication, assembly or other process.  The effect of material loss is twofold:

  1. Additional costs incurred
  2. Additional materials required

Let’s take a look at how integrating waste and shrinkage into the Bill of Materials, or BOM, is handled.


Nov 08 2016

Top 3 Reasons to keep your Macola ERP Software Updated

There's no pesky pop-up message regarding your Macola system telling you it's time to update your software, like you have with iTunes or JavaScript. And even when you do have an annoying request to update software, we more often than not click the 'Remind me later' button. Updates take time, and though you can continue to work on your computer, the system tends to be much slower as it's updating. So we procrastinate. Before you know it, it's been years since you've updated your software.

When you leave your Macola Progression, Macola ES, or Synergy ESE out of date, then you're running your business on a limping software system. Find out the top three reasons to update your system now, and see all the release notes from Exact on updates on systems from as far back as 2011.


Oct 25 2016

Food & Beverage Industry: Detectives Fight Food Fraud

You've heard the stories: wood pulp in Parmesan cheese, horse meat at the IKEA's beef Bolognese, and other food fakers. It's a serious problem when you have multiple vendors all working together to make one product. How are you, as a food or beverage manufacturer, supposed to stay in compliance and out of law suites? Click to read how and watch the video of the Food Detectives that find out about these food frauds...


Oct 10 2016

Why Every Company Needs Document Management

The daily rigors of modern business has become synonymous with stress, overwork, and tons of tasks that are essential to sustain and grow the company. So, how can you take the time-sucking task of finding documents out of your workflow? Let's find out.


Oct 07 2016

MRP Made Easy – Understanding Order Policy Codes

MRP (Materials Requirements Planning) is not as difficult as most people think, and with a few new vocabulary words, you can be on your way.  Think of MRP as the smartest person that you could hire…with a photographic memory, ability to make a million calculations in an instant, but with zero common sense.  It will only do what you tell it to do.  That’s where the first set of instructions comes in – the order policy code, which is found on the item master.

If you leave the code BLANK, MRP will ignore the item completely, which assumes that you will be using either a min/max or visual method of reordering that item.  Otherwise, the order policy code (OPC) can be set to direct MRP to make recommendations for replenishment in one of four distinct ways.  MRP’s recommendations come in the form of Computer Planned (CP) orders. Click to read more about the four distinct ways OPC can be set to direct MRP.