The Attivo Blog

Mar 16 2018

Unparalleled Quality Management for Your Manufacturing Company

Quality Management is an essential part of every manufacturer and distributor’s everyday processes. Using a cloud-based Quality Management System (QMS) allows you to eliminate the paper-based quality records that are hard to manage, and gives you the ability to manage your company with a single, centralized system and quality process.


Dec 11 2017

Automating Sales and Marketing with Event Manager and Synergy CRM

Automating processes is key for any business to gain efficiencies. The Event Manager tool allows you to automate any number of processes. Anything from trade show management sending marketing emails, customer service interactions and even setting up next actions can be automated within Synergy. 


Dec 07 2017

Eliminate Paper Processes and Manage Documents with Synergy CRM

Paper is cumbersome, costly, inefficient, and rife with opportunities for human error. Any CRM system worth investing in must have some sort of document management. The document management system in Synergy CRM is an extremely powerful tool that can help manage both internal and external documents. There are a number of different processes that can be automated using the document management tool.


Dec 05 2017

Thinking About Transitioning from Average to Standard Cost in Macola?

Many companies that can benefit from using Standard Costing often make that change from Average Cost at the start of a new year, which is coming up rapidly. Moving from Average Cost to Standard Cost inventory valuation, and using the Macola Standard Cost module for the first time requires a bit of planning and a carefully executed series of steps.


Dec 04 2017

Synergy Mobile CRM App Let You Take Your CRM on the Road

Technology has certainly increased the pace of business, and at the forefront of this acceleration is mobile technology. Smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous in today’s business environment, which is why Synergy CRM has a variety of mobile apps that let you access the full power of Synergy from anywhere.


Nov 27 2017

Synergy Outlook Integration takes Workflow Management to the Next Level

Even the best business processes are only as good as the whiteboard they were conceived on if they aren’t followed in practice. Synergy CRM workflow management allows you to automate processes to ensure that steps are being followed. Whether it be a customer service issue, managing production, or an accounting process, Synergy can help keep projects moving forward. A powerful integration with Outlook helps to augment the already powerful feature set.


Nov 21 2017

Track Calls and Create Queues in Synergy Using the Phone Funnel

Sales reps, account managers and customer service specialists spend the majority of their days on the phone. With the dozens of accounts each employee is assigned to, managing those conversations can be difficult. A missed call to a prospect could mean the difference between closing a sale or being beat out by a competitor. Failing to follow up with an upset customer could cost you repeat business. Managing calls drives revenues. Synergy CRM has a tool that allows reps and managers to manage phone calls.


Nov 16 2017

Unlocking Sales and Marketing Insights with Synergy CRM

It’s surprising how many times we talk to clients and prospects looking to install a CRM system like Salesforce and are looking for help integrating it into their Macola ERP system. Synergy CRM is one of the best kept secrets in the Macola universe and it shouldn’t be. It is an extremely powerful CRM system with native integration into Exact Macola 10.


Oct 06 2017

Cloud Hosting for Macola – Free for 6 Months - This Seems Like a No-Brainer!

Cloud hosting is a very affordable, very secure, and will once and for all get you out of the IT business. It can save you a substantial amount of money, especially if your servers have reached the end of their useful life, or you are facing upgrades to support remote offices or upgrading to Macola 10.


Oct 06 2017

How Macola Manufacturing Software Can Deal with By-Products

There are many industries that do not consume all raw materials during a production process, but use those leftover materials in a different or later manufacturing process. A good example of this is plastic thermoforming, where rolls of plastic are stamped into objects, and the remaining plastic from around the edges of the mold become ground up, melted down and reused in the extrusion process to become other rolls of plastic. Another example is in steel or wood manufacturing, where lengths of material are only partially consumed, leaving behind remnant pieces of varying lengths. Unless the left-over material has no value and is tossed into a scrap bin, you are dealing with by-products.


Oct 02 2017

Upgrade Macola, Fix the Processes, or Do Nothing?

Let’s face it - it’s never easy to come to terms that your beloved Macola system may be stuck in time, and not operating efficiently for your business. It’s like going to the doctor and hearing that you are overweight and borderline diabetic, and the only solution is better diet and exercise. Ugh.


Aug 29 2017

3 Questions: What Is Driving All the Change in Manufacturing?

There is no question that technology is advancing at a pace unlike any other time in history. And it is manufacturing and industry that is at the forefront of harnessing new technology. Whether it was the use of electricity in manufacturing plants during the industrial revolution, advent of the assembly line, to implementing connectivity in the computer age, technology has driven innovation in the industrial sector.


Aug 10 2017

Exact Synergy - A World-Class CRM System Session 1: Introducing Synergy CRM

Synergy CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is one of the best kept secrets among users of Macola, JobBOSS, MAX, Globe or just Exact Synergy itself. I’ve heard our own customers who already own Synergy say “We’re thinking about implementing SalesForce or Sugar CRM, can we integrate it to our Macola system?” Which makes me crazy, since Exact Software built such a GREAT product in Synergy, but completely forgot to market the thing. There are many great features in Synergy such as Workflow, Document Management, Project Management, HRM, etc., but the CRM system is as good or better than any on the market. And certainly a CRM system way more capable than most companies will ever use!


Aug 02 2017

It's Not a Software Problem – It's the Process

ERP systems like Macola 10, SAP Business One and Sage 100 were designed the allow small to mid-sized businesses compete and be more efficient. But most importantly, and this is something that is too often overlooked, these modern software systems are designed with industry best practices in mind. Trying to fit old and outdated processes into a modern ERP system simply won’t work. And if you find a consultant willing to try and integrate old processes into a new software the project is likely to take much longer, cost more and result in more bugs and errors once everything is in place.


Jul 19 2017

Choosing the Right ERP Consultant Can Make or Break Your ERP Project

So you’ve chosen an ERP software to automate your process and take your business to a new level. We’ve spoken at length here at the Attivo blog about how important it is to choose the right software for your industry. But equally important is the need to choose the right consultant to help you implement that software and provide ongoing support. Here are 4 reasons why choosing the right consultant can make or break your ERP project.