Getting ERP to Meet Everyone, Everywhere, Anytime

Topics: ERP, Business Software, Macola 10

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 12:50:52 PM by Exact Macola

To complement Macola 10, we partner with best-in-class third party providers to offer add-on solutions that integrate with Macola 10. Today, we are pleased to feature a guest blog post from one of our technology solution partners, BirdDog, which offers eCommerce and POS solutions that integrate with Macola 10.


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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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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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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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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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