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A few months back I wrote about MAX and compared its relationship with QuickBooks to a superhero duo. I thought I had expressed my feelings towards MAX and what a cool product I think it is. I thought there was nothing more that I could say. That is until I found out that MAX released its latest version 5.0.7 and I found out that it now offers User Designed Fields. This gives the user the flexibility to create their own user defined database fields and add them to existing MAX screens and reports. I ran to my computer like Usain Bolt ran the 100m in the 2008 Olympics to write this blog! MAX with User Designed Fields is like popcorn with butter, or ice cream with chocolate syrup. It makes something really good even better and makes MAX that much more powerful of an application.
I was asked to write a blog on a job shop application called JobBoss. Feeling up to the task I visited search engines like Google and visited websites like Wikipedia to study up on the product and job shops in general. After a couple of hours I felt I had gathered enough info and completed the initial draft. I have to admit that I was fairly pleased with my first attempt. I didn’t think it was award winning of course but not bad for my first blog ever written. Needing a second opinion I walked into my co-workers office and asked if she would read it. She smiled and asked me to read it to her out loud. Feeling like I was back in my 5th grade English class I began telling her all of the amazing information I had gathered, like how JobBoss is the industry leading shop management system for job shops, contract and make to order manufactures. I explained that over 4,000 shops worldwide use JobBoss to manage their custom make to order manufacturing needs. I even threw out a couple of definitions of the word “job shop.” She stopped me half way through and in the nicest way possible said she would rather watch paint dry then to listen to one more sentence. Unfazed, I countered with the fact that JobBoss fully integrates with QuickBooks! She didn’t seem as excited about that fact as I was. My confidence bruised I left her office and took my motley little blog into a meeting I had with a marketing “guru” who is helping me along with my first few months here at the Attivo Group. I meekly asked him for feedback on my writing and hoped that JobBoss’s seamless quoting, order entry, shop floor control, and real time data collection would be enough to peak his interest. Five seconds in he handed me back the sheet of paper and said that in his 20 years of marketing this was possibly the worst blog he had ever seen written. He also told me not to be too offended because he is very blunt. Well in that case, no offense taken I thought! I realized that instead of facts and information sharing a personal story I had with JobBoss might be the more interesting way to go. Several years back I attended Exact Software’s user “Engage” conference and there are only a few things that I still remember well. One of the things that stood out was the passion/excitement of the JobBoss employees and the happiness of their customers. I quickly learned the reason for this. Businesses that manufacture unique, custom made parts are very excited to have an application that can streamline every function in the shop from developing quotes for new jobs to sending invoices for completed work. I realized these people must be this happy because either JobBoss works and handles all of their custom, make to order needs or they just think the name JobBoss is as cool as I do!