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Posted on Jun 30, 2014 5:15:00 PM by Dan Griffin, Director of Product Management

Hi, if you don’t know me, my name is Dan Griffin. I’m the Principal Product Manager here at Exact Macola.

When I was a kid, there was nothing harder than waiting for Christmas morning. All through December, time seemed to stand still. The anticipation was unbearable. As adults, there aren’t many things in life that bring the excitement of anticipation. Ok, for me, maybe the anticipation of the first date night out with my wife since our 7-month old was born is about as close as it gets!

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Where Are Those Important Documents? Let BPM Manage Them for You!

Topics: ERP, Business Software, Business Process Management

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 12:30:00 PM by Robert Klein, Principal, Sr. Consultant

Imagine a company that prints out a couple invoices, snail-mailing one copy to their customer and saving another copy in a filing cabinet. Imagine that company printing out sales orders, purchase orders and anything pertaining to a job or project, and then filing them in paper folders or job jackets. Imagine a paper folder following the job, being routed to different departments for review and for physical signatures. A printed-out pertinent email is stuffed into the folder. Imagine, in the end, that this mass paper trail fills several filing cabinets, then is archived annually to a warehouse or to an offsite storage facility, and eventually, one day, is shredded. Does that company sound like yours?

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A Day Without Business Activity Monitoring: What If You Could Start Your Day Over?

Topics: ERP, Business Activity Monitoring, Business Software

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM by Robert Klein, Principal, Sr. Consultant

You arrived at the office late due to traffic, and you’re faced with an immediate situation. Your top salesperson is standing in your office and by the look on his face, he’s infuriated. He says, "It turns out that some raw materials didn't arrive yesterday and production cannot complete the work order." Yep, he’s mad. After all, all one of his top customers is expecting their order to ship today. Before you can sit down at your desk, in walks the CEO who just overheard the conversation. The CEO says, "I’m surprised to hear that our salesperson is the only person tracking orders!"  Gulp! 

Rewind. What if you could start the day over? What if you could turn back the hands of time and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with Business Activity Monitoring, which automatically took actions to track incoming purchase orders without you having to remember to do it? What if an automatic email notification was sent to your supplier days ahead of time to find out if the product was going to arrive on time? If so, you could’ve avoided this situation. Perhaps the salesperson and the CEO would not still be standing in your office right now.  
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ERP Evaluation: How to Choose the Right ERP for You

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, ERP Evaluation

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact Macola

Now that you’ve decided to upgrade from your pen-and-paper or QuickBooks-based system, how do you choose the right ERP solution for you? 

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is designed to enhance your business, but not every business is the same. To ensure that you select the right ERP software to obtain the maximum benefits and return on investment for your manufacturing or distribution business, a thorough ERP evaluation process is key.

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Time to Upgrade from a QuickBooks-Based System: The Limitations of Disparate Digital Data Processes

Topics: Advice for SMBs, ERP, Accounting, Taxes, Business Software

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact Macola

QuickBooks and other similar accounting software programs are commonly utilized by small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors – particularly start-ups – and can often be found paired with Microsoft Excel to manage manufacturing accounting transactions.

As many businesses that begin with QuickBooks and Excel-based accounting systems learn, once a business has some experience behind it, this is no longer the ideal solution for their needs. Growing companies find that utilizing QuickBooks along with other disparate software solutions can slow their business down, creating lots of room for error as they often involve manual duplication and transfer of data from one system to another. For those companies that yearn for the ability to view and automate transactions in real time, across multiple systems and locations, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are key.

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The ERP Blog covers the impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business software and accounting solutions on organizations in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

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