The Attivo Blog

Jan 06 2016

3 Ways ERP can Improve Manufacturing Production

No matter how you slice it, when it comes to manufacturing ERP, the most important consideration is how it handles production and orders. When conducting a business process assessment to evaluate software, that needs to be one of your main priorities. Modern ERP systems like Macola 10 are designed to provide real-time information that can create a much more streamlined manufacturing process, which can lead to better customer service and improved margins.  Below are 3 ways that ERP can accomplish this


Dec 23 2015

Revamp Your IT Department with Cloud Hosted ERP

There are several departments within any business that are largely seen as a cost of doing business rather than a revenue driver. A company’s IT department is often one of those departments. The IT manager is typically the guy that most employees only see when something breaks, and behind the scenes, they are the ones that are responsible for trying to prevent things from breaking in the first place. A disproportionate part of their job description is maintenance, which in reality is an operating cost. They are responsible for making sure that your depreciating assets are maximizing their productivity. In other words, they are the people responsible for keeping your servers from going down, or making sure that they get back online as quickly as possible if they do go down.


Dec 21 2015

3 Signs it's Time to Graduate from Quickbooks

QuickBooks is probably the most utilized accounting software system used in business. It is a great program for small businesses. When combined with third party add-ons and spreadsheets, it can provide adequate functionality and reporting to manage the day to day operations of small manufacturers and distributors.


Dec 11 2015

3 Overlooked Keys to a Successful Cloud Transition

More and more companies are moving to cloud hosted ERP these days.  Some of the more common reasons that people are migrating to the cloud are the scalability and 24/7 access that the cloud can provide.For multi-location organizations, being able to unify all locations under a single system is also a big advantage.The idea of being able to offload infrastructure maintenance costs can’t be understated either. While there are multiple advantages to moving into a cloud environment, making that transition still needs to be well thought out, otherwise your organization has the very real possibility of incurring some very painful headaches. Here are some of the 3 more commonly overlooked issues that musts be thought out before making a switch.


Dec 09 2015

2 Challenges Mobile ERP Presents for Manufacturers

Whether or not you manufacture children’s toys or massive oil well drills, the core principals behind the manufacturing process remain the same.  Raw materials go in one end and finished products come out the other end. Quality control measures are put into place to ensure consistency of the final product, and tweaks are made to ensure the entire process is as efficient as possible. 


Nov 24 2015

5 Tips for Managing Inventory More Effectively With ERP

Many smaller manufacturers and warehousing facilities believe (mistakenly) that automated systems are too expensive. Others fear that software solutions like ERP and automated warehouse management software just take away jobs from hardworking people.


Nov 20 2015

Integrating Your E-Commerce and ERP Software can Save You Time and Make You Money

The holiday shopping season is almost upon us, which means e-commerce sales are about to spike. Even manufacturers and distributors see a surge in sales activity around the holidays.  But so few small to midsized businesses have e-commerce platforms that integrate with their ERP system. While it’s great that more and more companies are taking advantage of online storefronts, the fact that so few of these are integrated solutions creates extra work and really fails to help you take advantage of potential revenue streams.


Nov 18 2015

An ERP Implementation….I don’t Have Time for That

There are a few very real and impactful truths about an ERP implementation.  They are time consuming, they require a full investment of both human and financial capital, and there are going to be speed bumps along the way. It’s a daunting proposition that often times can scare a business away from the process all together. I don’t have time for that is a common reason we hear from companies we consult.  Despite the fact that many businesses have stretched their current software systems to the point where there are obvious holes in their processes, surviving as is seems like the lesser evil when compared to a full scale ERP project.


Nov 13 2015

POP or Shop Floor – When Should You Use Them?

Manufacturers that use Macola have a choice as to which method they should use, but I often see clients using POP where Shop Floor is required and vice versa.  It gives you plenty of flexibility in managing production.  So what’s the right answer?  First, a few facts of interest:


Nov 06 2015

Launch Applications Directly Within EM10 Workspaces

When Exact Macola 10 (EM10) was first launched, it was built around the concept of workspaces.  It was an innovative and intuitive way for users to interface with the software. The idea behind workspaces was that no two users will utilize ERP software the same way, so why should their workspaces all have the same starting point?


Nov 04 2015

ERP Doesn't Have to Mean More IT: How Hosting Can Help

So, you would like to take advantage of ERP software. You'velearned that ERP helps you gain better control of inventory, reduce those leadtimes, improve quality and compliance, and even get ahead of the competition.But you don't want to invest in new hardware, upgraded computer systems, andmore IT staff to maintain the software. Does that mean you have to give up the perks of ERP? Not at all. Witha hosted ERP solution, you can have that cake and eat it, as well.


Oct 30 2015

Take the 'Ouch' Out of Demand Forecasting With ERP

Customers seem to surprise you every time. Either they shock you by failing to order when you're expecting it or they slam you with a gigantic order out of the blue. Both are difficult to deal with. ERP Software can be incredibly useful for taking the surprise out of your demand forecasting. ERP software is designed to allow you to collect and analyze a whole host of factors that can help you make better predictions and more accurate ordering and production scheduling of your own. Here's how.


Oct 29 2015

Training is Key to Achieving ERP ROI

A good rule of thumb when budgeting for an ERP implementation is to take the cost of the software and multiply it by 1.5.  That number is what you should budget for implementation and training. Unfortunately, a lot of companies looking to trim some fat from their budget tend to cut from the training budget.

While the idea of training a few power users who can then turn around and train other users seems like a good idea, in practice, this rarely works out for the best.  Lack ofsoftware training can also be the biggest hindrance to achieving long term ROI as well, and might cause you to unnecessarily invest in a new ERP implementation down the road.


Oct 22 2015

EMV Chips Have Not Solved Your PCI Compliance Needs

You may have noticed recently that the way you pay for items at retail locations has changed.  Instead of swiping your card, terminals are now asking you to insert your card into a slot that read a smart chip on the front of your credit card.  Often referred to as EMV (European MasterCard Visa), these chips are designed to eliminate physical credit card theft.  Physical is the key word in that sentence.  While the chips make it virtually impossible for credit card thieves to simply swipe your information via the magnetic strip on the back, smart chips won’t protect customers who make online purchases or pay over the phone. What does that mean for businesses who process credit card payments, without a physical credit card terminal? Basically it means that nothing has changed for you.  If anything, it means your need to be PCI compliant has just gotten more urgent.


Oct 20 2015

5 Ways for Manufacturers Can Succeed With ERP

Today's marketplace is astoundingly competitive. Sometimes just the tiniest bit of savings, improvements in customer service, or smart marketing can make the difference in profitability. This is true whether you're manufacturing cars or smartphones or industrial equipment. One way that many manufacturers are getting a jump on the competition is withERP software.