The Attivo Blog

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jul 06 2016

Can Chipotle bounce back after food recalls and health scares with a video?

E. coli and norovirus caused massive recalls, a national shut-down of all of Chipotle's stores, and resulted some of its lowest profits in years. But, there is hope and recovery, and yesterday Chipotle launched a new video marketing campaign to help bring back the love for the burrito chain. What can you learn from Chipotle about how to handle PR and marketing when your food manufacturing business suffers a painful recall and health crisis?

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Jul 05 2016

Credit Card and PCI Compliance

Now that EV chip cards are here, you can relax and take a deep breath when it comes to cyber theft, right? Wrong.

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Jul 01 2016

CliffNotes to Exact’s 10.4 Macola Release

Exact released its newest version of Macola 10.4 yesterday, and we’re rejoicing in the enhancements.

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Jun 30 2016

6 Ways to Cut Costs on an ERP Implementation Project

ERP Implementations can be costly investments in time and money, but there are some simple steps that any company can take reduce waste and ensure the implementation is a profitable success.

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Jun 27 2016

Picnics, and Bar-b-ques, and Food Poisoning, oh my!

"Food, and lots of it!", is one of the trademarks of a great 4th of July weekend, and the USDA wants to be sure you're safe from food-born illness during the warm summer months. Help your family enjoy all the bar-b-ques and picnics without the worry of bacteria, viruses and parasites by following some simple steps provided by the USDA.

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Jun 23 2016

Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations

Change is inevitable, but change doesn't have to be painful. Change can be an opportunity for your employees to rise to full potential and expand possibilities for positive growth. 


"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
- Socrates
 
When considering a change in business software, such as a new ERP implementation, there are two main focuses - rapid deployment and a fast return on investment (ROI). Exact Macola has provided a new white paper on the Top 10 Steps to Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations, which you can download here, but there was three main points stood out that we want to share now: conducting a Needs Analysis, gaining the commitment of all key stakeholders, and training and technical support. 

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Jun 13 2016

Technology Upgrades to Exact Macola 10

Since it's debut in 2014, Exact Macola 10 has received more awards and praise than Macola's predecessors release in 1999. The Exact Macola 10 software system is still the strong core ERP system that you have come to expect from Exact Macola, with strengths in Manufacturing, Distribution and Accounting. 
 
 
And it's true that it does look and feel more modern, and the technology behind the system is a huge improvement, but as far as YOU, the user, are concerned the system will feel similar – but much easier to use. You may be left wondering what the difference in technology between Exact Macola 10 and the older versions, such as Progression and Macola ES. Let's take a deep dive into the technology and understand the differences. 

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Jun 09 2016

How ERP Can Improve Your Company’s Valuation

Regardless of what industry a business is in, if a company is looking to sell, getting the highest possible sale price is the primary objective. There are a number of factors that can influence the ultimate valuation of a business both positively and negatively. For manufacturers – especially food manufacturers – having an ERP software system in place can have a tremendous impact on how the value of a business is evaluated. 

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