The Attivo Blog

Apr 06 2016

The Cost of Doing Nothing

There is no arguing the fact that an ERP implementation is an investment.  Not only is there an up-front capital investment for the software, but you need to also budget for training. There is also the time investment required. Needless to say, the mere idea of a project of this magnitude is enough to sway some organizations into sticking with existing systems, even if they are ill equipped to manage growth and changing business environments.

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Apr 01 2016

Organic Food Recalls on the Rise

Last year it was reported that organic foods accounted for 7% of all food recalls nationwide.  That figure was up from 2% in 2014, and just 1% in 2013 and 2012. That trend line should be expected to grow in 2016 for no reason other than the fact that the organic food market is also steadily growing.

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Mar 29 2016

To Repair or Replace: An ERP Conundrum

When a company first implements an ERP system, the goal is for that system to be able to run the business for several years.  However, over time, a very real possibility exists that your organization will outgrow the current ERP system that you have in place.  That could simply mean that the original configuration of your system needs to be tweaked to meet current requirements.  It might mean that you need to upgrade your software to the newest version. Or, it could mean that you need to completely scrap the old system and migrate to a new ERP system.

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Mar 18 2016

So Your Bracket is Already Busted

We’re only halfway through the first round of the tournament, and your bracket is already busted.  Yes, you know that no 16 seed has ever beaten a 1 seed, but you thought someone was due. Imagine if the Western Dakota School of Typewriter Repair made that Cinderella Final Four run. You would have cleaned up your office pool. And while you did successfully pick Yale to advance over Baylor, the other 11 upsets you chose yesterday didn’t exactly pan out. So what do you do?

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Mar 16 2016

What's New At Exact: March, 2016

Evolve 2016, to be held in Atlanta on April 19-22, is all the buzz right now.  Lots of preparation for the many training classes to be offered, as well as all the rest that goes into a show of this size. If you haven’t already registered, now is the time.  There are discounts available for hotel rooms through March 28th.

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Mar 16 2016

Credit Card Processing Security in Macola Just Went Next Level

The safest way to protect your customer’s credit card data is to never have it in the first place.  With the next release of EBiz for Macola, EBiz Connect will become available and afford the next level of security.  Plus, EBiz Connect also helps you speed up collections of payments due from your customers that are on AR terms with you.

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Mar 16 2016

Getting Routing Lead Time Right

Ever wonder why the routing lead time roll-up doesn’t work out to the reality of the time it actually takes to complete a product?  This causes Shop Floor Control to schedule the order incorrectly, and it causes MRP to provide invalid advice.  So, what’s a planner to do?

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Mar 04 2016

Trump and Cruz to Release Yoga Workout Series

In a dramatic turn of events, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have decided to drop out of the Presidential race in order to start a fitness empire together. Inspired by comments from Marco Rubio during last night’s Republican debate, the pair reportedly met last night at a local White Castle and hashed out a plan for a series of Yoga workout videos.

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Mar 01 2016

ERP Can Keep Food Manufacturers Compliant

There are a lot of complexities to any food manufacturing business.  Traditional manufacturing challenges like keeping a lean supply chain, managing inventory and job scheduling all come into play. On top of that recipe management, by-product tracking and lot and serial traceability are all vital elements to a successful operation. But even bigger than that is the 1,000 pound gorilla in the room that can wreak havoc on a food manufacturer – government compliance.

There is a litany of state and federal agencies that regulate what is kosher (pun intended) and what isn’t with regards to how food is processed, packaged, labeled, stored and shipped. Many food manufacturers have entire teams of people whose solitary responsibility is ensuring that their company is in compliance. ERP can be a great tool that can help automate, track and audit compliance processes, providing peace of mind for C-level employees.

Regulating Contamination Testing

In 2002, the Bioterrorism Act was passed.  A part of that bill involves protecting the safety and security of food supplies and is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It requires food manufacturers to provide testing to find contaminated food. ERP for food manufacturing can help with compliance by creating alerts when tests need to be conducted and record the results of each test. ERP can also monitor recipes, not only ensuring proper weights and volumes of ingredients are used, but also ensuring that only tested ingredients are including in a batch.

Proactive Food Safety Measures

Another federal law that food manufacturers are required to follow is the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. This act requires that food processors maintain preventative control plans. That can be as simple as having designated cleaning schedules for equipment and regulating that approved cleaning products are being used. You might be required to have regular inspections of your warehouse or manufacturing floor. ERP can be customized based on your specific requirements and can create automated workflows that schedule mandated inspections, record results and track supplies and chemicals to make sure they are compliant.

There are dozens of ways that ERP software can help monitor and track compliance regulations. Food manufacturers face unique challenges above and beyond other manufacturers. Having an ERP system that is equipped to meet those needs is crucial.

For more information on how to select an ERP system for your business you can call The Attivo Group at 877-428-8486 or contact us here


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Feb 22 2016

SQL Maintenance Basics

There are really 2 kinds of SQL Maintenance Plans: Database Backups, and Everything Else.  But the funny thing is, they all really go together.  

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Feb 22 2016

What’s New at Exact (and Attivo)

Attivo recently signed on as an Exact Unity Partner!  The Unity Partner Agreement was created to leverage the partner reseller channel in a highly cooperative way, with the end goal of providing the highest level of end-user customer service possible, along with continuous improvements to a very high value ERP software.  Growth and profitability for partners like Attivo, and developers like Exact Software can only come when people like you can honestly say good things about us! 

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Feb 22 2016

Should I be Using MRP?

If you aren’t using MRP now…could your company benefit from MRP (Material Requirements Planning)?  Here’s a few reasons why…or why not…MRP should be in use.  Reorder level (min/max) based materials planning definitely has its limitations.  And, visual planning methods are only applicable for certain types of materials.  MRP can help you plan for purchased raw materials, manufactured sub-assemblies, as well as finished goods.  It is the correct tool to use when you have the following requirements:

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Feb 17 2016

Understanding the Importance of Demand Forecasting

Manufacturing and distribution companies know that demand can be inconsistent at best and downright mystifying at worst. While running out of stock of a given item can cost your business, having too much overhead can drain your cash flow.

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Feb 05 2016

Identifying the 4 Types of Superbowl Party Guests

We know that we are typically all business here at the Attivo blog, but with this weekend being the biggest sports weekend of the year, we thought we’d switch things up a bit. It’s Superbowl Sunday, which means parties, parties and more parties. Whether you are a diehard football fan, or you don’t even know who is playing this Sunday, you can still fit in and have a good time.  You just need to be able to identify what kind of Superbowler you are, and identify like-minded individuals.

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Feb 04 2016

You Can’t Get to the Cloud in a Hot Air Balloon

There is a commercial where a man is loading all of his earthly possessions into the basket of a hot air balloon.  When his neighbor asks him what he’s doing, he says he’s moving everything to “The Cloud”. While most people don’t actually believe that cloud computing is literally in the clouds, there are a number of people who don’t understand what cloud computing exactly is.

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