Harvest Ventures Customer News - March 2015

Welcome to Spring! Let's hope the weather starts acting like Spring very soon!

There is one way to guarantee you will see warm air and sunshine - that's by attending Exact Macola Evolve.

We have been busy preparing for the conference as a silver sponsor - as host and presenters of a breakout session in addition to our booth in the solution centre. And don't you want to know what we've got up our sleeves this year?? ...You'll have to come and see!

It's an exciting season for all of us in the Macola community. In addition to the excitement building up to Evolve, we have held two user meetings in Ontario. Attendees have provided great feedback and suggestions to guide these meetings forward and the next one will be hosted at a customer site in Bolton, ON. You are invited to join us, more details are below!

And finally, we'd like to welcome our new Macola 10 users to the community. We look forward to moving forward and getting you working on the new system!

In this issue:

Streamline Logistics and Branch Operations

This year Harvest will be hosting and presenting a breakout session at Exact Macola Evolve 2015 focused around logistics and branch operations.

We've helped several clients reduce manual processes and eliminate spreadsheets related to inventory tracking, particularly when it comes to tracking shipping containers and the related costs from suppliers to various branch offices and warehouse locations.

We'll be sharing tips and tools on how to manage these processes within Macola so that you can streamline order entry, accounts payable and at the same time, improve cusotmer service and inventory accuracy.

Learn more, visit the Evolve website: http://www.exactmacolaevolve.com!

Next Meeting: April 22nd in Bolton, ON

Nola, Bruce and the Ontario Harvest crew would like to invite you to join us for a coffee or two at a meet up of Exact users in the area. Our goal is to provide a positive and constructive forum for collaboration within the Macola community.

All Exact products will be discussed: Exact Progression, Exact Macola ES, Exact Globe, Exact Synergy, etc.

We will share some information, then open the floor for users to discuss their challenges and allow for others to help with a solution. 

This month, we will have a live demo set-up of both WMS systems: Exact WMS and WiSys so that you can try it out for yourself. We will have the scan guns, barcodes...the whole shooting match!

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm Light lunch
  1:30pm - 3:30pm Meeting
Location: Bolton, ON L7E 3B6)

Space is Limited. Contact us to register.

How to get started using it

EBA or Exact Business Analytics is a tool that you have likely heard a lot about as an Exact customer. One of the best kept secrets is that a large percentage of businesses own it in varying degrees and the tragedy is that most are not using it.

Many think it's another reporting tool, comparable to Crystal Reports into which many clients have invested a lot of time and effort to develop.

It's not.

EBA is a tool you would use for analyzing all of the data you have amassed over the years within your Exact ERP system.

If you are fond of Excel and Pivot Tables, you're going to love this product. It's "a Pivot Table on Steroids" as Bruce describes it.

We can help you find out if you already have this tool and help you get started in using it quickly. Contact Kimberley for more information.


Remember that old saying "Garbage In, Garbage Out"?

...another common reason for Macola users not making use of EBA is the perception that it's not working correctly. Often the issue is their data. If you think this might be the case for you, be sure to take a look at our blog article concerning data and database maintenance. 
Blog article >>


The date for Manufacturing Day 2015 has been announced! October 2, 2015

The purpose of this day is to educate the public about manufacturing, connect with future generations and get them thinking about a career in manufacturing with the end goal of addressing the challenge of labour shortage that so many in the industry are experiencing.

In Canada, this day is steadily gaining in popularity with various regions arranging their own local events. For instance, the Workforce Planning Board arranged plant tours in Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph Ontario last year: http://www.workforceplanningboard.com/mfgday/mfgdayindex.html.

Perhaps this is a day that will benefit your business. Why not take a look and see if you can get involved? If you do, please let us know, we'd like to promote your participation and attend your event!

'Interested in learning more? Here is the main website: http://www.mfgday.com


Just as equipment and buildings need to be maintained, so does the data in your ERP software. When data is not regularly maintained, users can experience a variety of issues from minor inconveniences to major errors.

Our latest Blog article outlines four areas to review and steps you can take to clean up your database. Read more >>

If you are interested in the document list we refer to, let us know, we'd be happy to send it to you!


The Top 5 Ways Mid-Sized Manufacturers will Realize a Quick ROI from ERP Investments
Presented by: Manufacturing Business Technology, Exact Macola
Tuesday, March 31 - 1:00pm ET Register >>

Exact Macola 10 Webinar Series: Activity and Process Management
Presented by: Exact Macola
Tuesday, April 14 - 2:00pm ET Register >>

Learn about Integrated Workforce Management for Exact Macola
Presented by: Exact Macola
Tuesday, April 28 - 2:00pm ET Register >>



Please be advised that Harvest Ventures' offices will be closed on Friday, April 3rd in recognition of Good Friday.