The Attivo Blog

May 15 2017

Allocations in Macola – You need to read this!

Allocations reflect the demand for a finished good, subassembly or component, and are used in a number of areas, most notable the Reorder Advice Report, Multi-Level Item View, Available to Promise, and quite a few reports and views.  Since most operations live and die by allocation data, you really should read this!


Apr 07 2017

Wednesday at Evolve: Attivo’s NOLA Night!

We invite you to join us Wednesday April 19th from 7-9pm at the Olde NOLA Cookery to come eat, drink and people watch on the famous Bourbon Street hot spot! The restaurant is just a short 5-minute walk from the Evolve show. The buffet will be held on the 3rd floor balcony with a beautiful view of Bourbon Street, so you want to miss this opportunity for a great New Orleans night out, on us.


Apr 06 2017

Attivo Hosting Lunch-N-Learns at Evolve 2017

Macola Evolve 2017 is right around the corner and we have a special treat for those attending - short and sweet lunch-n-learns on our top 4 new products and services: CMMS, Quality Management, EBiz for Macola, and Cloud Hosting. Click to find out our schedule and to read more about these products!


Mar 21 2017

How one company streamlined business and blew away the overseas competition

Automating Processes, streamlining business with Synergy

Quest Industries, a Midwest company that provides precision tooling, machining, prototyping and pre-production services, prides themselves on their quality assurance and guaranteed satisfaction. With overseas competition increasing, Denny Hoover, President of Quest Industries realized the importance of standardizing processes to continue to keep the high quality that his customers had come to expect over the 30 plus years his company has been in business.

The problem with standardizing processes is that they don’t get followed! After laying out a plan for sales, customer service and inventory, he found that his team was adjusting the processes to their liking. Orders were entered differently depending on who entered them, employees continually forgot to clock their hours on jobs, and the scheduler didn’t know what jobs to prioritize based on materials on hand and order status! In fact, as you’ll hear Denny say himself on his walk-through video, it got so bad that he wasn’t sure if he needed to start telling customers “no” because he could not see if they were at capacity.  And, how could Denny get his team to follow steps exactly as laid out, each and every time?


Mar 13 2017

Understanding Macola Manufacturing - Make to Stock, Make to Order and Configure to Order

The Macola ERP system is considered a “mixed mode” manufacturing system as it relates to how you plan replenishment for items. Many items are managed to anticipate customer demand, and are classified as make to stock, so that inventory is available on the shelf when a customer order is placed. For certain items, you may only produce them when you receive a customer order for them, in other words, you treat it as make to order.



Mar 06 2017

Forecasting US Manufacturing in 2017 Part 2: Strategies for Success

Today we continue to look at the 2017 manufacturing outlook for the United States. In the first part of this series we looked at the forecast of where manufacturers expect the industry to go this year, as well as some of the challenges they will face in getting there. Today, in part 2 of this series, we will look at specific strategies that top manufacturers are implementing in order to become more profitable.

As we highlighted in the last blog, 44% of small to mid-sized manufacturers were projected growth of at least 10% this year. In order to uncover the strategies these companies plan to employ in order to achieve that growth, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) segmented out this group from their survey and compiled their answers. Below are those answers.


Mar 03 2017

Forecasting US Manufacturing in 2017 Part 1: Outlook and Challenges

In this, the first blog of a two-part series, we want to take a look at the 2017 manufacturing forecast. As many of you know, manufacturing has been a hot-button political issue the last year, so taking a look at where the industry is headed over the next 12 months seems appropriate.

In order to best report on industry projections we will be referencing a recent survey conducted by Leading Edge Alliance. The survey is an accurate cross section of US manufacturers, focusing primarily on small and medium sized manufacturers, with a smattering of large manufacturers included. This cross section is based on the fact that 94% of US manufacturers have fewer than 100 employees.

Having explained the source of the information to be presented, let’s take a look at the data.


Feb 16 2017

3 Benefits of Modern ERP

The acronym ERP was first coined in the 90’s by Gartner. While ERP software got a few facelifts over the years, and upgrades to keep up with new technologies, basic functionality went primarily unchanged until the last few years. Companies like Exact Macola are pioneering a rapid evolution of software that is integrating a human element into already robust business functionality. There are three main benefits to modern ERP software that should be considered by any business looking to upgrade or implement ERP.


Feb 10 2017

Celebrating CFO’s 1967 Chevy Camaro!

You never know what you really have until you introduce it to the world. That statement usually applies to talented people who are too shy to express themselves, or the hidden treasures that people keep in the back of their closets, which turn out to be a 6-figure knick-knack. This is exactly the case with our own Chief Financial Officer, Jim Reo’s 1967 RS Convertible Chevrolet Camaro. Jim always knew he had something special in his garage, but did not know how special it was to others until he let it shine.


Feb 08 2017

Exact has Announced the Macola Evolve Show for 2017!

Here we go again! Exact has announced their annual Macola Evolve show for 2017 ! Coming off a successful and well attended Macola Evolve show last year, Macola is ready to get things moving in 2017 with their annual show starting this April 18-21. Seeing business climates improve, Macola has themed this year’s show around opportunities to keep moving your business forward!


Jan 30 2017

The fish are flying off the shelves at Southwind Foods with Macola ERP and WiSys WMS

Founded in 1999 in Los Angeles, CA., Southwind Foods quickly grew as a leading importer, packager, and distributor of seafood, meat and poultry to grocery store chains and restaurants. As they started to open more cold storage warehouses they found a need for warehouse management and an ERP system that could keep up with their growing business. They turned to Macola for their customized ERP system, and to The Attivo Group to support them through this big transition of their business.


Jan 24 2017

Easily and Securely Process Credit Cards in Macola

We had a wonderful, interactive webinar on Payment Processing through Exact Macola, in which we answered all kinds of questions regarding how to safely and easily process Credit Cards through their current ERP system.


Jan 19 2017

B2B Ecommerce Continues to Grow at Breakneck Speeds

When people talk about ecommerce they immediately think about online retail juggernauts like Amazon and EBay. There’s a good reason for that too. Retail ecommerce has made traditional brick and mortar stores completely revamp how they do business.

People don’t traditionally equate ecommerce platforms with B2B sales. That, however, is changing. A recent study done by Gartner showed that B2B ecommerce sales increased 15% year over year in 2015, and that trend is expected to continue through 2020, with US sales exceeding $1.1 trillion. That would account for more than 12% of all B2B sales within the next few years.


Jan 04 2017

Webinar: Easily take Credit Cards in Macola, anytime, anywhere

According to a recent Forbes article, 58 percent of small businesses are regularly asked by their customers to accept credit cards. The SBA states that card payments are evolving into the most common method of customer payment.

As a business owner, you may be feeling the pressure to start accepting credit cards. Or, perhaps, you're already accepting credit cards, but the process is time-consuming for your B2B customers.

Thankfully, we have a simple solution that makes credit card processing simple for Macola ERP customers.


Dec 28 2016

Check-Lists for Month-End & Year-End Procedures in Macola ERP

The once-a-year event is coming ever closer, and you may be reaching for your hand-written notes trying to remember how-to complete the Year-End procedures for Macola. Don't worry. We have your back. We've created two new, beautiful, easy to follow check-lists on Month-End and Year-End procedures for all versions of Macola ERP.