Information about Macola Solutions for Small to Midsize Businesses

Are "Silos of Data" Really that Big of a Deal for Organizations?

Posted on May 10, 2018 by David Dozer

The short answer is kind of. 

But then this would be the shortest article ever written probably, and some folks might not find “kind of” to be a very fulfilling answer to the question posed.

Over my 15+ years of experience in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) world I’ve worn many hats and done everything from management to consulting to sales engineering, and I have to say that the term "Silos of Data" is probably one of the most commonly used analogies in the business. 

It’s especially used pervasively in white papers and sales engagements because the visual image that literal silos full of data evokes is frightening to C-level decision makers everywhere!

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Material Requirements Planning: Can it Help Me?

Material Requirements Planning (MRP) can be a daunting concept to discuss for implementation at your company.  Many companies have software that has the capabilities to facilitate MRP but the users simply don’t have the knowledge on how to set it up properly.  The larger MRP challenge beyond the lack of setup knowledge is how to actually utilize the information the system provides to support “make” and “buy” decisions.

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An ERP Success Story: Inpro Corps.

At Algorithm, we love hearing about our customers experiencing success. This ERP success story features Inpro.  Since 1979, Inpro® has been making and servicing products with an obsessive commitment to protecting the appearance of buildings and the health and safety of the people who use them. Based in Muskego, Wisconsin, Inpro is a global manufacturer of door and wall protection, washroom systems, expansion joint systems, privacy systems, elevator protection systems and architectural signage.

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Making the Right ERP Decision for your Business

Making the decision to utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is oftentimes the easiest step in the process because the potential for rewards and business enhancements is crystal clear.  The hardest decision for many is determining which ERP solution is the best fit for their company.  Every business is different, with unique challenges and needs, and identifying the ERP solution that is the best fit is pivotal to achieving the maximum return on your investment.

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Top 10 Reasons SMEs Choose SAP Business One

Are you a small to midsize enterprise thinking about upgrading to an ERP solution? We recommend SAP Business One and below are 10 ways SAP can help transform your business.

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How Auto Manufacturing Suppliers Running Macola Can Meet MMOG Requirements

TierLink, a custom solution built by Algorithm, brings automotive EDI to Macola by integrating the Edibar-Release Management System (Edibar-RMS) with Progression and ES. This allows users to connect Macola's manufacturing and planning capabilities with Edibar's shipping and forecasting information.

Today we welcome a guest blogger from Edibar to share an important announcement for auto manufacturing suppliers.

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Cloud vs. On-Premise Enterprise Resource Planning

Cloud computing has been recognized by many as a top trend to watch for in 2013. But there are still many questions surrounding the cloud and whether or not it is the right path for all companies. So, is your organization best suited for cloud or on-premise ERP? Consider the below.

On-Premise ERP 

On-premise ERP Deployment is an option for companies that require their business management software applications to be housed within the premises of the organization and installed on users’ computers. This option can be completely managed by an internal or external IT team

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10 Reasons SMEs Choose SAP as Their ERP Software

Are you thinking about implementing SAP solutions for your small or medium business? 88,000 other businesses like you have done the same and below are the top reasons they have chosen to implement SAP over other ERP solutions. 

1. Leadership

SAP is the leading provider of enterprise applications, representing over 23% of the total enterprise applications on the market. 

2. Innovation

SAP's integrated solutions ensure consistency across all on-premise, on-demand and on-device applications. Through in-memory, cloud and mobile technologies, SAP builds on existing application platforms to help minimize disruptions for customers. 

3. Focus 

From manufacturing and wholesale to financial and public services, SAP has the industry experience to help run your company. SAP is able to support the needs of 25 different industries on one, single platform. 

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IRS Section 179 Used to Purchase ERP Software

If you are thinking of waiting to purchase new ERP software for 2013, DON’T! The tax deductions available in 2012 on ERP hardware and software purchases are too good to pass up.

IRS Section 179 is a great way to save on your cash outlays when you make ERP system hardware or software investments. Check out the investment incentives offered in the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Section 179 that are designed to stimulate economic activity by saving cash for small and mid-sized companies in the US. Available through the end of 2012, the IRS is offering a big tax deduction package for hardware and off-the-shelf software costs, whether they are outright cash purchases, investments financed with a loan, or purchases through a lease agreement.

Here are the specifics: In 2012 your company is allowed to deduct 100% of your investment costs up to $139,000 as an expense from net taxable income. This deduction makes your investment proposal much more achievable and attractive because it creates a significant and real cash outlay discount on your accounting system purchase.

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Self-Hosted vs Cloud Hosted Exact Macola Solutions

Companies we work with generally either host their Exact Macola solution on-premise, at their location or in the Algorithm data center. At Algorithm, we support both of these solutions - cloud hosted and self-hosted, on-premise Macola. We explain the major differences and frequently asked questions about both in the post below.

Algorithm Cloud Hosted Macola

What is Hosted Macola?

Cloud Hosted Macola is a new total-managed technology option for small and medium-sized organizations. Think of it as a technology cooperative (CO-OP). Instead of organizations purchasing their own servers, applications, licenses, and hiring expensive support staff, the companies subscribe to Algorithm Hosted Services. They share the infrastructure while maintaining complete and secure separation of their information. Perhaps you've heard the term "Application Service Provider" or ASP – that’s Algorithm!

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