The Attivo Blog

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.


Dec 26 2016

Credit Card Fraud is on the Rise – Are Your Customers Protected?

There is nothing quite like the holiday season to remind us all just how handy it is to have a credit card in our wallets. In fact, according to a study by the 2015 Verizon PCI Compliance report, credit card transactions are expected to exceed $9 trillion dollars by 2018. That would account for 1/3 of all consumer purchases. With the growth of credit card usage comes the inevitable growth in credit card fraud. A recent Barclay’s study indicates that nearly 47% of all credit card fraud in the world originates in the United States. If you are a business that accepts credit cards, protecting your customers from theft and yourself from liability has never been more important.


Dec 22 2016

World Leaders share the books that inspired them

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

― Maya Angelou

Inspiration and motivation doesn't just magically appear. It's cultivated through education, mentorship and leadership. As we start to look toward the end of 2016 and contemplate New Years Resolutions and design our "Dream Board", Sage Software, the enterprise resource planning software we sell and support, has come out with an interactive graphic of books that inspire some of the world's top leaders. 


Dec 19 2016

Affordable (and Excellent) Options For Collecting Shop Floor Data

Shop Floor data collection is critical to accomplish two critical objectives: Cost Control and Inventory Control…pretty important things for a manufacturer.  Why trust this to hand written records, with a delay in entry to the system?


Dec 13 2016

WiSys Webinar on Thursday, December 15th: Reduce Your Macola Transaction Time

Looking for ways to save time during your day? A great place to start is order management. We know that the order management process in Macola can be time consuming, so join us this Thursday, December 15th at 1pm for our WiSys webinar and we'll show you how to streamline order processing to save hundreds of hours!


Dec 12 2016

Next Generation of Cloud Computing - what to expect in 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that people were declaring cloud computing as the future of business. It took quite some time for people to wrap their heads around what exactly “in the cloud” meant, but now there are very few businesses that don’t run at least some of their day to day operations in the cloud. Of course, now that cloud computing is being more widely accepted, it is evolving. Such is the case for any game changing technology.

The next phase of cloud computing will have an important impact on the manufacturing and distribution industries as well. Cloud hosted ERP will get more secure and more powerful.  Here is what is coming and how it will change the face of cloud computing.


Dec 02 2016

Top 4 Features to Look for in a Payment Gateway

While at lunch the other day I overheard a couple of coworkers complaining about sales people that push too hard and give too many discounts on mission-critical software systems. "I'm not going to rush in switching Payment Gateways just because of his month-end quota," I heard one guy say, "no matter what discounts he throws at me! It's too important of a decision to be hasty."

So, what should you look for when choosing a new Payment Gateway? Here are 4 top questions to ask yourself: