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May 05 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: The Breakout Sessions

There were several breakout sessions at the Exact Macola Evolve 2016 conference regarding having applications and data in a cloud system, yet Exact has decided to not provide this service themselves as of yet, nor do we think they will, as it is outside their core competency.


May 04 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: Fierce Ambitions

Fierce Ambitions, a strong desire – almost a need – to succeed, was the theme for Exact Macola Evolve conference of 2016. Alison Forsythe, Managing Director of Exact, opened the conference with an inspiring video and keynote, committing to the top three ‘Fierce Ambitions’ for Exact in 2016-2017:


Apr 29 2016

Understanding Office Politics, as Explained by Game of Thrones

Whether it be your first job out of college, or you’re a seasoned vet, navigating office politics can be a terribly difficult thing to do. Understanding how different departments interact with one another is a vital component to surviving the workplace.  With that in mind, and with the 6th season of Game of Thrones ready to kick itself into high gear this weekend, we’re offering you a handy guidebook to office politics as explained by the politics of Westeros.


Apr 27 2016

Your Roadmap to ERP Success

There are more than a handful of cautionary tales on the internet when it comes to ERP implementation. The reality is that this type of software project is long, complicated and expensive. But there are tens of thousands of companies successfully using ERP in this country, so clearly there is a way to implement a successful ERP project.


Apr 20 2016

Back to Basics: What is ERP?

ERP software, or Enterprise Resource Planning software, can be really complex and take a lot of time and experience to really wrap your head around. Considering that most enterprises only undergo a major software project every 5-10 years, it can be difficult to find the internal resources necessary to maximize on an ERP investment. If you are a small business owner, experiencing a lot of growth, the idea of implementing ERP can cause paralysis by analysis. The aim of this blog is to break down some of the confusion and make the topic of ERP a little less daunting.


Apr 18 2016

3 Types of Trade Show Attendees to Avoid

Exact Macola’s Evolve show kicks off this week.  This will be the 3rd annual show, and each one has gotten bigger and better. It was two years ago that Exact Macola 10 was unveiled, and we’re pretty excited to see what this show will bring. Aside from the announcements though, it is important to be able to recognize the different types of trade show attendees. That’s what this blog is all about.


Apr 14 2016

Debunking 5 Common Cloud Myths

More and more manufacturers and distributors are moving to a cloud hosted ERP solution. Not having to purchase and maintain an IT infrastructure is definitely a selling point for many organizations. But there are still some very common misperceptions out there that might be keeping you from pulling the trigger on a cloud migration.  We hope to debunk five of the most common myths people associate with Cloud ERP.


Apr 08 2016

A Guide to WatchingThe Masters (For Non-Golf Fans)

Golf is hard.  Just ask Ernie Els, who 6 putted the first hole of his first round yesterday.  For reference, that is two more putts than Happy Gilmore needed to win the Waterbury Open and earn his tour card. This weekend is arguably the biggest weekend in the golf world, and sports bars everywhere are going to have the tournament on. Just in case you happen to find yourself surrounded by a bunch of guys wearing plaid pants and pastel polo shirts this weekend you can refer to this blog to make sure you don’t say anything stupid.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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?