Time to Upgrade from a Paper-Based System: The Limitations of Manual Data Processes

Topics: ERP, Business Software, Business Process Management

Posted on May 28, 2014 12:00:00 PM by Exact Macola

Quick - what's the most valuable non-product component of your business? While answers such as employees, sales and marketing might spring to mind – and certainly can be correct – the truth is that data is an often-overlooked top driver of your business.

It helps you intelligently allocate resources, expand your reach with a much smaller degree of risk and make important decisions based on real-time facts. If utilized efficiently, data can become a powerful and important tool for the growth of your business. The methods of collecting and sharing this valuable data are equally as important.

Why Pen and Paper Should be Written Off

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A Trip Back in Time: How People Talked About Business Software 20 Years Ago

Topics: ERP, Business Software, MRP

Posted on May 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact Macola

It was 1994. The internet was barely emerging. PCs were heavy, expensive and unreliable. A tablet had 100 pages of yellow, lined paper, and you used a ballpoint pen – not a stylus or your finger – to write. It was also the dawn of effective packaged software.

During the 1980s, companies began adopting Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems. Most available systems at the time were bare bones, so companies often customized them heavily or wrote their own. They used 80-column punch cards for data entry, and users often got reports several days later. As we approached 1990, cathode ray tube monitors became common – immense objects with tiny screens that glowed with green or yellow characters. Users had to memorize now-arcane commands and navigate primitive menus to use business software.

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10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need ERP

Topics: ERP, Accounting, Warehouse/Inventory Management, Business Software

Posted on May 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact Macola

Many small to mid-sized manufacturers believe that they can do without an ERP system. They believe that their operation is simple enough that they can control it with a few spreadsheets. Often, this is simply not the case. Here are 10 of the most compelling reasons to implement an ERP system.

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End of Life for Windows XP: What Does It Mean for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses?

Topics: Windows XP, Business Software, SMB News

Posted on May 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact Macola

For many years, Windows XP was the go-to operating system for businesses, families and individuals who wanted something stable and easy to work with. In addition to the standard home edition, the “Enterprise Edition” was released, specifically for use by businesses of all sizes. Additionally, since it was such a popular version of the OS, many software designers made certain to include Windows XP functionality with each new release.

However, April 2014 marked the “end of life” for Windows XP. If your business still uses XP, here’s what it could mean for you:

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