The Attivo Blog

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.


Sep 29 2016

5 Things Modern Manufacturers Do Differently with ERP for Growth and Success

Manufacturing is changing at a rapid pace, and much of it is due to ERP systems and software. ERP has evolved to the demanding needs of manufacturers for better automation, visibility, and collaboration. Modern manufacturers have embraced these new systems to better connect their machines, processes, and employees. They have a real handle on what is happening out on the shop floor, even when there's multiple locations. They can make decisions faster, and wiser, due to insights into their business performance.

Find out the 5 ways modern manufacturers have done differently to become more efficient and profitable in their business:


Sep 26 2016

Synergy CRM Video Series: Creating Quotes and Orders, Step-by-Step

Synergy is unlike any regular CRM system. Usually, when people consider CRM, they think of just sales management: storing customer data, the sales funnel, and a phone queue. Synergy CRM is fully integrated with Exact Macola 10 ERP, allowing for seamless integration of customer data into one database. Your clients, business partners, employees and vendors are automatically associated to one another and to all relevant and important business transactions. The integration also allows you to monitor, understand, manage and maximize sales performance, as well as leverage customer information into long-term customer loyalty and retention – anytime and anywhere from your web browser or mobile device.


Sep 13 2016

Macola 10 Video How-to: Import Contacts into Synergy CRM

You got back from a Tradeshow or Networking Event and spent a lot of time meeting people, exchanging and gathering information. Now comes the time to enter your newly received contacts into your CRM system, but there are about 300 - 1,000 contacts. Entering one by one will probably take you close to the end of time. Yet, leaving them on paper or in a file somewhere will only cause you to lose the possible leads. Exact Macola 10 has solved this issue by providing the option to upload your new contacts with an Excel spreadsheet and utilizing Synergy CRM’s Account Import Wizard. 


Sep 06 2016

Manufacturing Scheduling with Macola ERP – Capabilities and Limitations

Scheduling using Macola is very different depending on the manufacturing method used – Production Order Processing (POP) or Shop Floor Control (SFC).  POP has basic tools, SFC more enhanced…but one would never call manufacturing scheduling with Macola alone the most advanced part of the ERP solution.  Lynq Planning Manager for Macola changes all of that, and takes planning and scheduling to a whole new level.  You can learn more about that on September 15th, click here to register for their webinar.  But first, let’s take a close look at what can be done with Macola alone.  In this edition of the "Manufacturing Minute" Newsletter, we’ll explore POP, and tackle Shop Floor Control next time.


Sep 02 2016

Macola 10: Word Merge for Easy Marketing, Contracts, and More - Video Tutorial

Perhaps you've needed to send out 100 letters, or a quick email update to all your clients, but don't want to copy/paste 100 times - or worse, handwrite it all!

Not to worry. The new Word Merge feature in Macola 10 is intuitive and easy to use, unlike their old version which reminded some users as a ransom-note generator. In the old merge feature the fonts were all off and the usability was cumbersome and clunky. The big difference came from utilizing tools businesses use almost every day: Microsoft Office. The old system required you to use the built-in editor, while the new Mail Merge uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office for editing and publishing.

Robert Clarke, our Attivo Senior Software Consultant, will walk you through the how-to during this 18 minute video.


Aug 31 2016

Macola 10: Financial Consolidation and Accounting

In today's business world, it's common practice for larger organizations to purchase and merge with smaller ones, and for competitors to find they're now working for the same company, but a CFO may find it difficult to see the full financial picture when data is in different systems and softwares. The great news is that with the latest update of Macola 10, you can pull financial data outside of the Macola software, work across divisions, and see a full view of the business financials. Find out how they do this...


Aug 29 2016

Women in Manufacturing bridging the labor gap

Skilled labor shortages is a big pain point for manufacturers, and women may be the answer to filling those shortages. Even though women make up about half of the workforce, women's jobs in manufacturing hover around 30% and have been going down in recent years. A study done in 2013 showed that even though the US grew manufacturing jobs by 517,000 -  women lost more manufacturing jobs during that time then they gained.

With a focus on getting more women and girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), we can shore-up the gap in equality and labor shortages in manufacturing. Here's how.


Aug 22 2016

Working Smarter: Macola 10 Workspaces & Configurable Menus

Imagine how much more you could get done in a workday if all your daily tasks were right there in one screen. You could click and work right in that one page - no clicking around to different pages for different tasks. Everything in one place. Real-time reporting, Workflows, Financials...whatever you need to do, it's all right there. That's what Macola 10's Personalized Workspaces does for ERP making it a more 'Natural ERP' system.

And now with 2.0 Workspaces, there's even more features, functionality and customization built-in to make Macola 10 an ERP front runner for manufacturers and distributors.


Aug 19 2016

Exact Macola 10 Andriod App is Now Available!

The Macola 10 iOS app has been around for a while, so it was exciting news when Exact Macola announced their Macola 10 Andriod App release in May 2016. The interface is intuitive and helps employees that need mobile access to their calendar, workflows, documents, accounts, or have a need to lookup inventory levels and enter customer orders. Business doesn't have to stop until you're in the office - you can be more reactive to customers' needs right then and there.


Aug 17 2016

FSMA Overview: A Look at The FDA’s Seven Major Rules

President Obama signed FSMA, Food Safety Modernization Act, into law January 4th, 2011. It's considered the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more over 70 years. The Act was put into motion to ensure that U.S. food, for both humans and animals, are safe for consumption by focusing on preventing vs. reacting to contamination. The responsibility of course falls on the shoulders of the food manufacturers, and the FDA has published 7 major rules under FSMA. Here's a recap of them with special thanks to


Aug 16 2016

Is Your ERP Working as Hard as it Can?

Imagine you are running a company and every workstation in your office is an Apple IIe. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve invested in top of the line computers for your entire staff, only for them to use them for email, word processing and nothing else.  In the first scenario, you are at a competitive disadvantage, unable to harness the power of current technology. In the second scenario, your investment has been wasted as you aren’t maximizing your equipment’s potential.


Aug 10 2016

The Importance of Business Process Modeling for Manufacturers

As a small or mid-sized manufacturing company begins to grow there will be an inevitable need to make adjustments to day to day operations in order to accommodate increased demands. Scaling up operations doesn’t just mean setting yourself up for success today, it also means setting yourself up for tomorrow.  In order to do that you will need to implement ERP software to manage everything and there are two crucial things you must do in order to select the right software that is going to get you the best return on investment: conduct a business process assessment and choose your ERP system.