The Attivo Blog

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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May 11 2016

Disassembly – When and how to use it properly

There are multiple ways to assemble something in Exact Macola…but what about disassembly?  Many companies have the need to return an assembled item to stock, or to disassemble for repair and replacement.  This feature is also ideal for companies that routinely remanufacture or rebuild products from “cores”, such as automotive applications or other machinery and equipment.  POP Disassembly should NOT be used to correct a production reporting error for an open POP order – use a negative quantity to essentially reverse the previously reported quantity in error instead.

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May 10 2016

The Importance of Quality Management

Having a good quality management system in place really isn’t optional. In some instances your industry is regulated by the government. But even if that isn’t the case, it’s just good business practice to be able to easily track product development throughout the manufacturing cycle to ensure the best possible output. Not only does this save you money in the long run, but it gives your customers the peace of mind they need to make buying decisions.

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May 06 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: The Breakout Sessions Part 2

The Exact Macola Evolve conference was a perfect place for Exact partners to announce new offering, software and improvements/upgrades to software. BirdDog, WiSys, IBS, LYNQ and Century Business Solutions all had big announcements during the show.

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May 05 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: The Breakout Sessions

There were several breakout sessions at the Exact Macola Evolve 2016 conference regarding having applications and data in a cloud system, yet Exact has decided to not provide this service themselves as of yet, nor do we think they will, as it is outside their core competency.

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May 04 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: Fierce Ambitions

Fierce Ambitions, a strong desire – almost a need – to succeed, was the theme for Exact Macola Evolve conference of 2016. Alison Forsythe, Managing Director of Exact, opened the conference with an inspiring video and keynote, committing to the top three ‘Fierce Ambitions’ for Exact in 2016-2017:

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Apr 29 2016

Understanding Office Politics, as Explained by Game of Thrones

Whether it be your first job out of college, or you’re a seasoned vet, navigating office politics can be a terribly difficult thing to do. Understanding how different departments interact with one another is a vital component to surviving the workplace.  With that in mind, and with the 6th season of Game of Thrones ready to kick itself into high gear this weekend, we’re offering you a handy guidebook to office politics as explained by the politics of Westeros.

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Apr 27 2016

Your Roadmap to ERP Success

There are more than a handful of cautionary tales on the internet when it comes to ERP implementation. The reality is that this type of software project is long, complicated and expensive. But there are tens of thousands of companies successfully using ERP in this country, so clearly there is a way to implement a successful ERP project.

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Apr 26 2016

Foam Supplies, Inc. Mini Case Study: The Business Process Assessment

Todd Keske, President of Foam Supplies, shared his experience of upgrading his company’s Exact Macola software to EM10. Due to the nature of his family’s business, it was important to keep good records of the shipping containers which would contain chemicals that could potentially react with each other.

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Apr 20 2016

Back to Basics: What is ERP?

ERP software, or Enterprise Resource Planning software, can be really complex and take a lot of time and experience to really wrap your head around. Considering that most enterprises only undergo a major software project every 5-10 years, it can be difficult to find the internal resources necessary to maximize on an ERP investment. If you are a small business owner, experiencing a lot of growth, the idea of implementing ERP can cause paralysis by analysis. The aim of this blog is to break down some of the confusion and make the topic of ERP a little less daunting.

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Apr 18 2016

3 Types of Trade Show Attendees to Avoid

Exact Macola’s Evolve show kicks off this week.  This will be the 3rd annual show, and each one has gotten bigger and better. It was two years ago that Exact Macola 10 was unveiled, and we’re pretty excited to see what this show will bring. Aside from the announcements though, it is important to be able to recognize the different types of trade show attendees. That’s what this blog is all about.

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Apr 14 2016

Debunking 5 Common Cloud Myths

More and more manufacturers and distributors are moving to a cloud hosted ERP solution. Not having to purchase and maintain an IT infrastructure is definitely a selling point for many organizations. But there are still some very common misperceptions out there that might be keeping you from pulling the trigger on a cloud migration.  We hope to debunk five of the most common myths people associate with Cloud ERP.

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Apr 08 2016

A Guide to WatchingThe Masters (For Non-Golf Fans)

Golf is hard.  Just ask Ernie Els, who 6 putted the first hole of his first round yesterday.  For reference, that is two more putts than Happy Gilmore needed to win the Waterbury Open and earn his tour card. This weekend is arguably the biggest weekend in the golf world, and sports bars everywhere are going to have the tournament on. Just in case you happen to find yourself surrounded by a bunch of guys wearing plaid pants and pastel polo shirts this weekend you can refer to this blog to make sure you don’t say anything stupid.

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Apr 06 2016

The Cost of Doing Nothing

There is no arguing the fact that an ERP implementation is an investment.  Not only is there an up-front capital investment for the software, but you need to also budget for training. There is also the time investment required. Needless to say, the mere idea of a project of this magnitude is enough to sway some organizations into sticking with existing systems, even if they are ill equipped to manage growth and changing business environments.

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