The Attivo Blog

Sep 06 2016

Manufacturing Scheduling with Macola ERP – Capabilities and Limitations

Scheduling using Macola is very different depending on the manufacturing method used – Production Order Processing (POP) or Shop Floor Control (SFC).  POP has basic tools, SFC more enhanced…but one would never call manufacturing scheduling with Macola alone the most advanced part of the ERP solution.  Lynq Planning Manager for Macola changes all of that, and takes planning and scheduling to a whole new level.  You can learn more about that on September 15th, click here to register for their webinar.  But first, let’s take a close look at what can be done with Macola alone.  In this edition of the "Manufacturing Minute" Newsletter, we’ll explore POP, and tackle Shop Floor Control next time.


Sep 02 2016

Macola 10: Word Merge for Easy Marketing, Contracts, and More - Video Tutorial

Perhaps you've needed to send out 100 letters, or a quick email update to all your clients, but don't want to copy/paste 100 times - or worse, handwrite it all!

Not to worry. The new Word Merge feature in Macola 10 is intuitive and easy to use, unlike their old version which reminded some users as a ransom-note generator. In the old merge feature the fonts were all off and the usability was cumbersome and clunky. The big difference came from utilizing tools businesses use almost every day: Microsoft Office. The old system required you to use the built-in editor, while the new Mail Merge uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office for editing and publishing.

Robert Clarke, our Attivo Senior Software Consultant, will walk you through the how-to during this 18 minute video.


Aug 31 2016

Macola 10: Financial Consolidation and Accounting

In today's business world, it's common practice for larger organizations to purchase and merge with smaller ones, and for competitors to find they're now working for the same company, but a CFO may find it difficult to see the full financial picture when data is in different systems and softwares. The great news is that with the latest update of Macola 10, you can pull financial data outside of the Macola software, work across divisions, and see a full view of the business financials. Find out how they do this...


Aug 29 2016

Women in Manufacturing bridging the labor gap

Skilled labor shortages is a big pain point for manufacturers, and women may be the answer to filling those shortages. Even though women make up about half of the workforce, women's jobs in manufacturing hover around 30% and have been going down in recent years. A study done in 2013 showed that even though the US grew manufacturing jobs by 517,000 -  women lost more manufacturing jobs during that time then they gained.

With a focus on getting more women and girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), we can shore-up the gap in equality and labor shortages in manufacturing. Here's how.


Aug 22 2016

Working Smarter: Macola 10 Workspaces & Configurable Menus

Imagine how much more you could get done in a workday if all your daily tasks were right there in one screen. You could click and work right in that one page - no clicking around to different pages for different tasks. Everything in one place. Real-time reporting, Workflows, Financials...whatever you need to do, it's all right there. That's what Macola 10's Personalized Workspaces does for ERP making it a more 'Natural ERP' system.

And now with 2.0 Workspaces, there's even more features, functionality and customization built-in to make Macola 10 an ERP front runner for manufacturers and distributors.


Aug 19 2016

Exact Macola 10 Andriod App is Now Available!

The Macola 10 iOS app has been around for a while, so it was exciting news when Exact Macola announced their Macola 10 Andriod App release in May 2016. The interface is intuitive and helps employees that need mobile access to their calendar, workflows, documents, accounts, or have a need to lookup inventory levels and enter customer orders. Business doesn't have to stop until you're in the office - you can be more reactive to customers' needs right then and there.


Aug 17 2016

FSMA Overview: A Look at The FDA’s Seven Major Rules

President Obama signed FSMA, Food Safety Modernization Act, into law January 4th, 2011. It's considered the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more over 70 years. The Act was put into motion to ensure that U.S. food, for both humans and animals, are safe for consumption by focusing on preventing vs. reacting to contamination. The responsibility of course falls on the shoulders of the food manufacturers, and the FDA has published 7 major rules under FSMA. Here's a recap of them with special thanks to


Aug 16 2016

Is Your ERP Working as Hard as it Can?

Imagine you are running a company and every workstation in your office is an Apple IIe. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve invested in top of the line computers for your entire staff, only for them to use them for email, word processing and nothing else.  In the first scenario, you are at a competitive disadvantage, unable to harness the power of current technology. In the second scenario, your investment has been wasted as you aren’t maximizing your equipment’s potential.


Aug 10 2016

The Importance of Business Process Modeling for Manufacturers

As a small or mid-sized manufacturing company begins to grow there will be an inevitable need to make adjustments to day to day operations in order to accommodate increased demands. Scaling up operations doesn’t just mean setting yourself up for success today, it also means setting yourself up for tomorrow.  In order to do that you will need to implement ERP software to manage everything and there are two crucial things you must do in order to select the right software that is going to get you the best return on investment: conduct a business process assessment and choose your ERP system.


Aug 01 2016

ISM: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in July 2016

For the fifth straight month, the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PSI) showed that the manufacturing activity expanded.


Aug 01 2016

4 Signs it’s Time to Implement ERP

For most small to mid-sized business owners, growth is the ultimate goal. For those businesses that actually accomplish sustained growth, eventually difficult decisions will arise. Just like you eventually outgrew your favorite pair of shoes growing up, your business will eventually outgrow the software systems you’ve put in place to run your day to day operations. But how do you know when it’s time to implement ERP? Here are 5 signs that your business might need to start the ERP software selection process.


Jul 29 2016

Last day to upgrade to Windows 10 - should you?

Today is the last business day of the July, and it's also the last day to upgrade for free to Windows 10. If you're running Macola or Sage, you may be wondering if you should upgrade. Read on for the full download - including a link to Windows 10 upgrade. 


Jul 20 2016

3 Ways ERP Can Automate Your Human Resources

When people think of ERP they immediately think of the ways it can automate their operations. From warehouse management to invoicing customers, there are countless ways that ERP can help streamline day to day processes and improve the bottom line. One thing that most people overlook when evaluating an ERP system is how that system can automate human resources.


Jul 14 2016

Fear Factor: ERP Edition

Do you remember that show, “Fear Factor’, where contestants would jump out of a helicopter onto a moving truck that was on fire all while eating a bowl of scorpions? When it comes to ERP implementations, it seems as though a lot organizations would rather opt for the scorpions then take on a major software project.


Jul 12 2016

Exact Macola 10 Won Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Award for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Exact Macola 10 is exactly two years old, but well before that it was already being recognized as one of the leading ERP software platforms available to the mid-market. Frost & Sullivan, a leading business growth and consulting firm, awarded Macola 10 with their prestigious Product Leadership award for 2015.  The award was specifically given for Macola 10’s expertise as a food and beverage manufacturing ERP software solution.