The Attivo Blog

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 Trying to fit old and outdated processes into a modern ERP system simply won’t work.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.


Jul 07 2017

Selecting the Right Hosting Partner for Macola

We spend a lot of time here at the Attivo blog talking about the benefits of cloud hosting and why cloud hosting is more secure than on-premise options. Today we’ll talk about how to choose the right hosting partner. Businesses already running Exact Macola 10 know how workspaces have revolutionized how people are using ERP software. Combining that with the power of the cloud can take your Macola software to another level. But not all cloud hosting partners are created equally. Choosing the right partner is vital to make sure that you can get the most out of your software investment.


Jun 27 2017

Cloud Security: Its Safer Than You Think

In our last blog we talked about why the cloud makes sense for small to mid-sized businesses. One of the biggest concerns we are constantly hearing from clients revolves around security. It is a big leap to put all of your company’s critical data into the cloud. Many people feel that their data is more vulnerable to hackers in the cloud. Some people just like the peace of mind of being able to walk down the hall, open their server closet and “see” there data housed on their own servers.  The reality is that your data is much more secure in a cloud hosted solution.


Jun 23 2017

Cloud Hosted ERP: It Makes More Sense Now than Ever

At this point, the idea of the cloud isn’t new. Most of us are using it every single day in our personal lives, and more and more businesses are shifting their vital applications into the cloud as well. There might be some mid to small sized business who think that the cloud might be just for large companies. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, that there has never been a better time for cloud hosted ERP.


May 15 2017

3 May Webinars you don't want to miss! EBizCharge, Quality Management & CMMS

We have three exciting webinars coming up this month, and we hope you can join us! EBizCharge has some upgrades that make this credit card processing system for Macola even more valuable - find out on May 18th at 10am PST during the webinar EBizCharge for Macola: Take Credit Cards Anytime, Anywhere. Then we have two webinars regarding Quality Management using Macola and Synergy: Automate Quality Management in Macola Synergy May 23rd at 9am PST; and Computerized Maintenance Management System in Macola Synergy May 25th at 9am PST.


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.