The Attivo Blog

Jul 20 2016

3 Ways ERP Can Automate Your Human Resources

When people think of ERP they immediately think of the ways it can automate their operations. From warehouse management to invoicing customers, there are countless ways that ERP can help streamline day to day processes and improve the bottom line. One thing that most people overlook when evaluating an ERP system is how that system can automate human resources.

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Jul 14 2016

Fear Factor: ERP Edition

Do you remember that show, “Fear Factor’, where contestants would jump out of a helicopter onto a moving truck that was on fire all while eating a bowl of scorpions? When it comes to ERP implementations, it seems as though a lot organizations would rather opt for the scorpions then take on a major software project.

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Jul 12 2016

Exact Macola 10 Won Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Award for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Exact Macola 10 is exactly two years old, but well before that it was already being recognized as one of the leading ERP software platforms available to the mid-market. Frost & Sullivan, a leading business growth and consulting firm, awarded Macola 10 with their prestigious Product Leadership award for 2015.  The award was specifically given for Macola 10’s expertise as a food and beverage manufacturing ERP software solution.

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Jul 06 2016

Can Chipotle bounce back after food recalls and health scares with a video?

E. coli and norovirus caused massive recalls, a national shut-down of all of Chipotle's stores, and resulted some of its lowest profits in years. But, there is hope and recovery, and yesterday Chipotle launched a new video marketing campaign to help bring back the love for the burrito chain. What can you learn from Chipotle about how to handle PR and marketing when your food manufacturing business suffers a painful recall and health crisis?

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Jul 05 2016

Credit Card and PCI Compliance

Now that EV chip cards are here, you can relax and take a deep breath when it comes to cyber theft, right? Wrong.

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Jul 01 2016

CliffNotes to Exact’s 10.4 Macola Release

Exact released its newest version of Macola 10.4 yesterday, and we’re rejoicing in the enhancements.

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Jun 30 2016

6 Ways to Cut Costs on an ERP Implementation Project

ERP Implementations can be costly investments in time and money, but there are some simple steps that any company can take reduce waste and ensure the implementation is a profitable success.

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Jun 27 2016

Picnics, and Bar-b-ques, and Food Poisoning, oh my!

"Food, and lots of it!", is one of the trademarks of a great 4th of July weekend, and the USDA wants to be sure you're safe from food-born illness during the warm summer months. Help your family enjoy all the bar-b-ques and picnics without the worry of bacteria, viruses and parasites by following some simple steps provided by the USDA.

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Jun 23 2016

Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations

Change is inevitable, but change doesn't have to be painful. Change can be an opportunity for your employees to rise to full potential and expand possibilities for positive growth. 


"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
- Socrates
 
When considering a change in business software, such as a new ERP implementation, there are two main focuses - rapid deployment and a fast return on investment (ROI). Exact Macola has provided a new white paper on the Top 10 Steps to Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations, which you can download here, but there was three main points stood out that we want to share now: conducting a Needs Analysis, gaining the commitment of all key stakeholders, and training and technical support. 

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Jun 13 2016

Technology Upgrades to Exact Macola 10

Since it's debut in 2014, Exact Macola 10 has received more awards and praise than Macola's predecessors release in 1999. The Exact Macola 10 software system is still the strong core ERP system that you have come to expect from Exact Macola, with strengths in Manufacturing, Distribution and Accounting. 
 
 
And it's true that it does look and feel more modern, and the technology behind the system is a huge improvement, but as far as YOU, the user, are concerned the system will feel similar – but much easier to use. You may be left wondering what the difference in technology between Exact Macola 10 and the older versions, such as Progression and Macola ES. Let's take a deep dive into the technology and understand the differences. 

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Jun 09 2016

How ERP Can Improve Your Company’s Valuation

Regardless of what industry a business is in, if a company is looking to sell, getting the highest possible sale price is the primary objective. There are a number of factors that can influence the ultimate valuation of a business both positively and negatively. For manufacturers – especially food manufacturers – having an ERP software system in place can have a tremendous impact on how the value of a business is evaluated. 

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Jun 09 2016

June Webinars: Improving Profits and Recall Management

The Attivo Group is gearing up for their two monthly webinars: "Where are my profits going? Understanding the Business Process Assessment" on June 16th, and "Recall Management: The Importance of Being Proactive" on June 30th for food and beverage manufacturers. 

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Jun 06 2016

FAQs to Upgrading to Macola 10

What are some of the frequently asked questions about upgrading to Exact Macola 10 from Macola Progression or Macola ES? We've compiled some of the most common FAQs about upgrading, as well as a showcase of our new eBook "What's the difference between Exact Macola 10 & Progression or ES?". 

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May 20 2016

Ransomware - a serious and growing problem for manufacturers

Imagine coming in next Monday bright and early, ready to get the week started. You get your coffee, sit down at your computer, and start opening your reports and other files. You find there's this odd extension on all the file names and nothing seems to open right. A few hours later, you get a notice that your entire database - and thus, your business - is being held for ransom. 

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May 13 2016

Friday the 13th: Jason Joins Corporate America

If you haven’t looked at your calendar, today is Friday the 13th. In honor of the classic slasher flick, we wondered what would happen if Jason Voorhees decided to put down the machete and get a 9-5 job. What if he responded to a job listing for a “Corporate Headhunter” and just didn’t realize that was slang for recruiter?

Odds are that he’d last for a few days, perhaps even an entire week, before the office politics drove him to put the hockey mask back on and go to town on everyone.

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