I’m very excited to announce the availability of ECi Macola 10.3. As the name implies, this release is our third update to ECi Macola 10 that was originally released in June of 2014. As I’ve said many times, each release in the ECi Macola 10.x series should stay true to a handful of strategic focus areas. Those strategic areas are web services, mobile, workspaces, international support, and partnerships. I believe this 10.3 release represents those areas well.
On a side note, as we approach the end of the year, we also work on year-end tax updates. These are not available as part of the 10.3 release itself, but are made available for ECi Macola 10, ECi Macola ES, and ECi Macola Progression as a separate package.
Now let’s get to the good stuff. In ECi Macola 10.3, we added several new pieces of functionality:
ECi Macola 10.3 introduces a connector to Avalara which allows ECi Macola customers to seamlessly integrate with Avatax. Avatax is automated sales tax software which makes the calculating and reporting of sales tax a breeze. This connector is included with ECi Macola 10.3 out of the box and does not require an additional purchase.
Spanish Language Support
ECi Macola 10.3 continues our theme of increased support for Latin America. With this release, we have Spanish support throughout the entire product. We’ve also continued to make enhancements to our “Annex 24” tool which allows ECi Macola customers in Mexico to report transactions to the government (per the Annex 24 requirements).
Android and iPad Support for Mobile
We released our mobile app for the iPhone in June, and are now following up with a release for Android and iPad. The mobile app allows users to do tasks such as enter orders, create quotes, find customers “near me,” check inventory, and view workspaces. (iOS app updates available now and Android updates expected in the first quarter of 2016)
Windows 10 Support
ECi Macola 10.3 introduces support for Windows 10. There are limitations with the Windows 10 “Edge” browser, so Internet Explorer is still recommended.
Additional Web Services Features for Order Entry and Accounts Payable
In the ECi Macola 10.2 release, we introduced web services for Order Entry and Accounts Payable. We’ve continued to improve on these web services to make them even more feature-rich – making their functionality more in line with the desktop client.
Multi-site MRP Planning Workspace
As a direct response to requests from our customers, we’ve begun developing features around Multi-site MRP. The first step in this was to create a workspace which reports on multiple locations.
Grid-based Data Entry
Grid-based data entry on purchase order screens allows users to enter data in a view that resembles the grid of a spreadsheet – instead of entering data one screen at a time. This has the ability to increase the efficiency of data entry significantly.
In addition to the big items, there were several other notable changes based on customer requests:
New Option to Print Crystal Report Pick Tickets from Order Entry Screen
After entering and saving a sales order, the Pick Ticket button becomes active. Upon clicking this button, a new option appears to print either a standard picking ticket or a Crystal report picking ticket. (You can also print the picking ticket later from the menu if you prefer.)
New Option to Print Immediate Crystal Report Invoices
There is a new option to print a Crystal report invoice after entering an invoice or credit memo in O/E.
Citrix/Terminal Server - Redirected Drives are Visible when Attaching New Document
For this enhancement, the DriveListBox and DirListBox controls were removed because those supported only mapped and local drives. These controls were replaced with a FIP control, which allows browsing of UNC folders, redirected drives, and mapped and local drives.
Specific Due Date Added to Terms Codes
The Terms Code Maintenance screen has two new fields: Due Date and Discount Date. These are additional options for defining terms codes.
Time Out Increased for ASImport
The ASImport time out has been increased from 15 minutes to 24 hours. This is useful when moving data in very large databases from ECi Macola ES to ECi Synergy Enterprise or from ECi Synergy Enterprise to ECi Macola ES.
As you can see, we’ve put a lot of effort into this ECi Macola 10.3 release, and the results are beginning to add up.
Before I sign-off, I want to take a minute to let you know how proud I am of the development team that produces ECi Macola. In late 2014, I hired an Agile consultant to come work with us and help us adopt “Agile” into our development environment. This is our second public release using the agile framework – and I’m happy to say that we are quickly maturing in our agile practices.
When we were first starting out with Agile about a year ago, someone pointed out to me that it seemed so easy. What was the big deal, they asked. I let them know that Agile is easy like golf is easy. It takes a few minutes to understand the rules, but a long time to truly master it in practice! I believe we have taken the first healthy golf swings in 2015 and are well on our way to becoming professional “agilists.”
Until next time,