Exact Macola 10 ERP Is Here




Exact, a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions for small to medium businesses (SMBs), recently announced the general availability of Exact Macola 10. This new product introduction marks a significant milestone for the company, which has designed, developed, and launched the solution in just 14 months since the appointment of new Exact Macola Managing Director Alison Forsythe. In an effort to reinvigorate the trusted Exact Macola product brand, founded in 1971, Forsythe implemented a new partner-centric go-to-market strategy and instituted a strong customer intimate culture within the organization earlier this year.
 
Exact Macola 10 is developed specifically for organizations focused on manufacturing and distribution in aerospace, automotive, food and beverage, metal fabrication, electronics manufacturing, and other industries. The solution ties in consolidated financials, inventory, tracked orders and costs, workflow, document storage, and customer relationship management (CRM). The core of the product is all native Exact. The vendor has partnerships with third parties such as WiSys for warehousing and Datamasons for electronic data interchange (EDI), which provide add-on solutions for Exact Macola 10.
 
The big enhancement for Exact Macola 10 was the inclusion of configurable workspaces, business process management (BPM), and business activity monitoring (BAM). These automation features come together to make a comprehensive product. Configurable workspaces put a user’s day in a logical pattern based on his/her particular role, whereas BPM provides document management, custom workflows, and CRM.
 
BPM, BAM, and workflow capabilities were available in the past, but they are now more integrated into the Exact Macola 10 product. The integration is tied together through the configurable workspaces, which blend traditional ERP information and BPM into one browser-based experience that turns data into consumable information. A great example of this would be an invoice gets created for a customer, it is saved into the document management system (within BPM), and then it is automatically e-mailed to the customer through BAM, which automatically executes actions when triggers are met. BAM is also unlimited in Exact Macola 10—whereas the vendor had traditionally offered it at various price points depending on the number of automated events.
 
Exact has begun the process of rewriting the core ERP functions as Microsoft .NET objects that can be used for browser-based screens, mobile apps, and custom apps designed by the customers. Exact plans to offer a term-pricing model in Q4 of this year, which will be paired with a preferred hosting provider; however, a multitenant cloud offering is not in its plans. For customers desiring a multitenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, they may find Exact Online to be a good fit.
 
Mobile capabilities continue to improve, as the mobile app is available for both iOS and Android, and offers the customer a variety of features, including the ability to view and interact with workspaces, view shipping reports, interact with workflows, annotate screenshots (with the ability to attach to e-mail), and CRM functionality.
 
Currently, Exact Macola customers typically run either Exact Macola Progression or Exact Macola Enterprise Suite (ES). Customers running Exact Macola Progression have been doing so for more than 20 years. As database structure has matured quite a bit since then, these customers typically engage Exact’s services team to convert their database to a more modern format. Customers running Exact Macola ES—and especially those already implementing the Exact Synergy collaboration product—will have a much easier upgrade path to Exact Macola 10.
 
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