Frost & Sullivan Commends Exact’s Product Strategy of Frequently Updating to its Macola ERP Solution to Propel the Business of its Food & Beverage Customers
Macola offers complete functionality and highly scalable solutions to its manufacturing and distribution customers while streamlining manufacturing processes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — April 25, 2017 — Based on its recent analysis of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market for the food and beverage industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Exact with the 2017 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Strategy Leadership. Exact’s flexible, scalable, and refined ERP and business software, Macola 10, enables customers to keep pace with rapid technology advancements. An important product distinction is the frequent upgrades; 51 enhancements have been made to the 10.4 version, making it one of the most collaborative, integrated, comprehensive, and unified ERP solutions in the food and beverage industry.
“Unlike traditional ERP solutions, product releases every three months endow Macola with vital value additions to help manufacturing and distribution organizations evolve in line with market trends,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sankara Narayanan. “With the full-featured Macola ERP solution, end users can now manage core business functions such as product manufacturing and distribution, project management, accounting and finance, streamlining business process management, and can connect all of these functions.”
Macola’s personalized workspaces boast innovative functions such as role-specific views into the core business functions as well as activity and process management. It further enriches user experience by making functionalities and applications compatible with the latest mobile platforms, handheld tablets, and other types of connected devices. Customers can connect to workspaces and start using all services quickly from any remote location with any device, through any browser, and on any type of computer with an Internet connection.
Macola 10.3 successfully addressed the needs of the food and beverage industry through a unique combination of functionalities such as Avalara connectivity, Windows 10 support, Spanish language support, and Android and iPad support.
Avalara connectivity allows customers to integrate with AvaTax (automated sales tax software) easily and seamlessly.
Android and iPad mobile support enables users to gather relevant information remotely, enter order details, create quotes, find customers, check inventory, and view workspaces.
Meanwhile, Macola’s 10.4 version leverages the company’s technology expertise to present distinct functionalities that improve the end user’s performance by reinventing workspaces, Web services, forecasting, international financial reporting standards (IFRS), accounting, and CRM functionality. Macola 10.4 is perfectly designed with 42 out-of-the-box, role-based, and ready-made workspaces. This next-generation workspace allows users to configure and customize it down to a specific chart level, and this functionality is likely to undergo additional enhancements.
Macola’s most important differentiator is its all-inclusive packaging. It presents three budget-friendly purchasing options—traditional perpetual, subscription based, and site licenses. From a product perspective, Macola is set to improve its offerings further by incorporating user-defined capabilities and innovative features such as quality management; workbenches; built-in, ad-hoc reporting; data warehousing; and programmable logic controller (PLC) machine integrations.
Exact lays claims to one of the best presales support in the industry by engaging with its customers to understand every aspect of their businesses and devise the best-fit model. Macola’s high quality of service and support experiences include education, product training, and customer mentoring that ranges from on-demand training, live online training, to classroom training.
“With changing industry dynamics, Macola has remarkably scaled up its services, helping food and beverage manufacturers increase the speed, accuracy, and reliability of doing business in a complex manufacturing environment,” noted Sankara Narayanan. “Having gained a strong foothold in this industry, Exact is now focusing on attracting business from a wide range of other industries such as metal fabrication and household goods, positioning itself for strong future growth.”
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About Exact, Macola Division
Macola is ERP and business software manufacturers and distributors use to automate, manage and grow their businesses. The software empowers companies to take control of cost and complexity at every critical stage from design through delivery and see all facets of their business from a single application.
Macola is an Exact product. Exact builds business software for SMEs and their accountants. Our innovative technology is aimed at specific business needs, providing an overview of today and insights into the opportunities of tomorrow. Exact inspires businesses to grow. Our 1,600 employees love, share and support our customers’ ambition. Like them, we aim high. Like them, we aspire to lead the way. We know it’s a bumpy road to success. And that’s why we build software to help smooth it out, enabling our customers from all over the world to grow. Macola. ERP and business software.
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