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Survey Says: Top 10 Tech Trends (#10-6)

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 10:19:16 AM by Nick Mears

Top 10 Countdown of
Today's Trending Technologies

Macola recently commissioned a survey of manufacturing and distribution professionals in the US regarding the factors that were driving business and technology strategies (Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution: 2017 Business & Technology Trend Reports).

One of the first questions in our survey was, “What is the biggest external driver of change?”, and offered the following choices:

  • pending regulatory changes on trade
  • rising e-commerce usage
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • advances in technology
  • infrastructure improvements

The top answer was decisive—over 70% chose emerging tech and IT innovations.

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Modern ERP Facilitates Traceability

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

Combining Traceability with ERP Creates Efficiency, Ensures Quality & Enables Regulatory Compliance


While traceability is by no means a new concept, it is one that is growing in importance—and complexity—in the world of modern manufacturing. From one end of the supply chain to the other, and at every point in between, product traceability creates efficiency, ensures quality and enables regulatory compliance. 

Fortunately, modern ERP systems are making it easier to maintain traceability in a number of ways. 

Following the Supply Chain

Consumers’ desire to know what they are buying, how it was produced, and when they can expect to get it is fueling the need for unprecedented visibility across the entire supply chain. 

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2017 Business and Technology Trend Reports

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

A Survey of Business and Technology Trends in the Manufacturing and Wholesale Industries

Exact, Macola division, recently commissioned a survey on business and technology trends in the manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries. We are pleased to announce the findings from these surveys.

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New Release - Macola 10.5.1

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM by Nick Mears

Macola 10.5.1 Continues Macola's Focus On Accessing Key Data Wherever One Works

Exact is excited to announce the Macola 10.5.1 release.

The new Macola 10.5.1 release continues upon Macola's new tablet-led user interface, providing manufacturers and distributors an improved user experience across multiple devices.

10.5.1 also continues Macola's focus on accessing key data wherever one works, providing real-time insight into both inventory and the shop floor, as well as increased efficiencies through reduced data entry and faster search.

Macola 10.5.1 is based on real user feedback from the 10.5.0 release, providing the user with additional Order Entry and Order Inquiry capabilities. 

"At Macola, we don't believe our work is done when a release is delivered. Instead, we actively seek customer feedback and search for ways to improve our work. 10.5.1 is a direct result of feedback from our users to improve our existing features and make enhancements that bring immediate value to our customers." 

-Derek Ochs, Director of Development

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New Release – Macola 10.5

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM by Nick Mears

The tablet-led user interface delivers manufacturers and distributors an improved user experience on any device, including desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. The 10.5 release also has improved visibility and 3rd party control across the supply chain. This allows Macola to continue focusing on real-time insight into both inventory and the shop floor, as well as increased efficiencies through reduced data entry and faster search. Macola 10.5 offers over 100 enhancements & quality fixes while advancing Macola’s core principles: out of the box configurability, integration between business functions, personalizable views, anytime and on any device.

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New Release - Macola 10.4.3

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 10:25:43 AM by Nick Mears

Macola 10.4.3 Includes Features that Enhance and Automate Core Business Processes

Exact is pleased to announce the general availability of Macola 10.4.3, an enhanced version of its ERP and business software.

Organizations can take advantage of the software’s new features, which include core enhancements to its API functionality as well as enhanced WMS tracking and payroll capabilities. These enhancements extend to manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies the tools and processes they need to automate and grow their businesses, while delivering the data and insights they need to make better business decisions.

Macola 10, a single and flexible solution, is designed to respond to the current and future needs of fast-growing manufacturing and distribution organizations through automation and management of core business functions, including product manufacturing and distribution, accounting and finance, document management, project management, CRM and human resources.

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Accurate Demand Forecasting: A Key to Effective ERP [GUEST POST]

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 2:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

To complement Macola 10, we partner with best-in-class third party providers to offer add-on solutions that integrate with our ERP solution, Macola 10. Today, we are pleased to feature a guest blog post from one of our technology solution partners, Business Forecast Systems, Inc., which offers Forecast Pro for Macola, a comprehensive forecasting and forecast management system that is affordable, easy-to-use and offers the ability to create accurate and credible forecasts, as well as provide the tools to efficiently manage, monitor and improve your forecast process—and of course—integrates with Macola 10:

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21st Century ERP Benefits

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 2:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

21st Century ERP

This is the 2nd part of a three-part blog series titled, “21st Century ERP,” which consists of the following posts:

  1. Six Signs You Don’t Have a Modern ERP Solution
  2. 21st Century ERP Benefits
  3. Who in Your Business Would Benefit the Most from 21st Century ERP?

Poll: 3 Primary Benefits of New ERP

We recently conducted a poll of both Macola customers as well as prospects and asked this question: “What area of ‘New ERP’ would bring the most benefit to your business?”

We found the results to be very interesting, as over 60% claimed that the greatest benefit of ERP was Automated Workflows. The next closest, at 25%, was Built-in CRM, with Personalized Workspaces coming in third.

Of course, there are many more benefits of a new ERP solution, such as streamlining operations, managing key business functions, increasing productivity and growing profitability—just to name a few. But for now, let’s look a little more closely at the three benefits listed in this poll: automated workflows, built-in CRM and personalized workspaces.

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Six Signs You Don’t Have a Modern ERP Solution

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

21st Century ERP

This is the 1st blog in the three-part blog series titled, “21st Century ERP”, which consists of the following posts:

  1. Six Signs You Don’t Have a Modern ERP Solution
  2. 21st Century ERP Benefits
  3. Who in Your Business Would Benefit the Most from 21st Century ERP?
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The Five Benefits of Automated Workflows

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 4:00:00 PM by Nick Mears

How Many Use Automated Workflows

In the last post, Companies Weigh In on Benefits of Automated Workflows, we explained that in a recent webinar we had asked the attendees this question: “What would be the most valuable benefit of automated workflows for your business?" We were fascinated by the response, and the full results of this poll can be found via this link.

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