The Attivo Blog

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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Jan 25 2016

The Case for Disaster Recovery

The entire Eastern seaboard of the United States is digging themselves out from under what is already being called one of the biggest blizzards in a century. Pictures of massive snow banks are unavoidable on social media as the rest of the nation struggles to comprehend the amount of snow dumped on several of the nation’s largest cities.

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Jan 22 2016

Increase Productivity with Flexible Work Schedules

We spend a lot of time here at The Attivo blog talking about productivity and efficiency.  After all, the goal of any successful ERP implementation is to streamline business processes, allowing your employees to accomplish more in the same amount of time. That said, increasing productivity isn’t solely reliant on implementing new software.  Making changes to the how, when and where of your employees day to day activities can have a massive improvement on your company’s bottom line.

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Jan 21 2016

2 Reasons Ecommerce is Necessary for Manufacturers

There was a time when a bank’s website was there for show and nothing more.  Before the advent of online banking, you still had to go to the bank to deposit a check, make a wire transfer or open an account. The only reason you would ever go to a bank’s website maybe to find a nearby location or do some homework about interest rates or auto loans before heading to your local branch.

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Jan 14 2016

Increase Productivity 15% for $115

Having a second monitor allows workers to have the source document up and visible on one screen, and the second screen free to do their own task.  Or, to have workflow and/or email up on one screen, while working on the other screen.

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Jan 13 2016

What’s New at Exact

Exact Macola 10.3 introduces a connector to Avalara which allows Exact Macola customers to seamlessly integrate with Avatax.

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Jan 13 2016

Using Outside Processing (correctly) in Macola Manufacturing

The goal of this article is to explain how to use Outside Processing for Production Order Processing. Shop Floor Control works very differently, and will be addressed in our upcoming webinar, along with a deeper dive for POP on January 28th.  We hope you can join us — click here to register for the webinar.

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Jan 11 2016

ERP 101: The Cost of Doing Nothing

Let’s be honest with each other.  ERP implementations can be expensive, time consuming and fraught with enough bumps to make a mogul skiers knees ache. We’ve talked at length in past blogs about the software selection process and given implementation advice to help mitigate those obstacles. That said, there are still countless organizations that adhere to the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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