Harvest Ventures Customer News - June 2014

We have more exciting news to share with you - another new staff member has joined our team! JagRavinder Kang (Jag) is an Application Developer coming to us with over 20 years of experience, 10 years of which was programming to customize other  ERP packages, with a focus on inventory, manufacturing and MRP. Welcome Jag!

Other than that, we promise to keep this newsletter short and sweet since we know the sun is shining and you want to get on with your day.

The Future of Macola ES

Notice to F9 Users

User Groups


We hope you're aware of Exact Macola 10 by now and as with any new major product release, there is a buzz and focus on the new product. Our goal is to help you make the right decisions by providing you with as much information as we can about all of your options.

You’ve made a significant investment in your software and may even have purchased all the components of EM10 (Exact Event Manager, Exact Synergy, Navigator, etc.) and the uncertainty of what will be required of you, may be a concern.  We understand.

Harvest is invested in your continued success with the software and this view is also shared by Exact Macola. Macola ES will continue to be supported and (version 9 series, the most recent version is 9.6.200) will receive trickle down functional enhancements from development being done on Exact Macola 10 because ES still remains the core ERP engine in EM10.

For those using Progression, there are some compelling reasons to consider upgrading and that information was provided to you in an email last week.  If you did not receive it, please let us know. Progression will continue to be supported by Exact and Harvest will gladly continue to support you as well.

If you have any questions about your situation and Exact Macola’s direction, please give us a call: 1-403-202-0577


We have been informed by Infor that version 4 of F9 is now in retirement mode. Customers on maintenance for this product will continue to have access to support however; F9 advises of risks to remaining on version 4 as the product will no longer have:

  • Compatibility support related to Microsoft Office and platform updates, including Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Office 64-bit, and Microsoft Office 2013
  • Maintenance updates or corrections if specific issues with new platforms
  • Compatibility support related to Accounting System updates
  • Enhancements or newly released features

F9 Version 5 is the foundation for current and future enhancements. It is compliant with the latest versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft platforms. In addition, version 5 offers F9 viewer which enables reports to be viewed by all users and this version also includes a new ribbon, interactive task panes, updated scheduling and distribution options and web-based reporting.

To learn more, F9 offers videos as well as webinars.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your use of F9: 1-403-202-0577


If you're not already a member of a user group, you might want to consider joining. They are a great forum to share ideas, best practices and ask questions to other users. These groups are virtual and generally meet once a month.  There are also LinkedIn Groups so you can communicate with the group outside of the meeting times. To join, you can visit the Exact Macola website: http://www.exactmacola.com/user-groups.

The Exact Synergy user group will be meeting next week (Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT) to discuss management buy-in:

Getting all your stakeholders on board at the outset will help you gain the support to conduct your Synergy implementation the way that you need, to be successful.

Support from senior leadership, especially, will lend authority to your project and help you to:

  • Ensure you have the budget and resources you need;
  • Understand relevant business, program and customer priorities;
  • Overcome organizational silos; and
  • Support follow-up activities, to take action on findings and make improvements