Exact Software User Conference Highlights
Software Users Conference, Engage, was held on March 11 to 14, 2007 in
Dallas, Texas. The
conference featured over 160 breakout sessions, several guest speakers,
a third party vendorís showcase, and hands-on solution lab with 60
computers. Over 1,000
customers attended and there was high praise for conference overall.
Jim Kent, CEO of Exact Software North America, highlighted the numerous
enhancements completed for Macola Progression, Macola ES, and e-Synergy
since the last Engage Users Conference, and shared the favorable
financial results for Exact Software for its latest fiscal year.
The keynote speaker was D. Mike Abrashoff, author of the book,
Itís Your Ship.
Mike explained his leadership success as Commander of a battleship in
the Pacific Fleet. His talk
was humorous and insightful, attributing winning the hearts and minds of
his crew by showing the highest respect for each and every person under
There were many Macola and e-Synergy announcements at the conference.
A new version of Macola ES, Release 372, will be released around
June 1, 2007. This will be a
significant release in several ways.
New functionality includes use of Crystal Reports as a forms
generator so that you do not need to print and post the Macola form
first and will include the following business documents: OE Invoice,
Purchase Orders, Pick Ticket, Packing List, and BOL for in-transit
shipments. There will be a
new Crystal based Order Booking report by salesperson as well as a new
Detailed Trial Balance report in the general ledger.
Functionality was improved in OE to PO creation; cycle counting;
feature option configurator; and the ability to call external
applications using the ES menu builder.
One of the highlights of the show was ĎEBAí which stands for Exact
Business Analytics. EBA is a
sophisticated analysis and reporting tool that allows you to drill into
the data in your Macola database and slice and dice data many ways.
It is somewhat similar to using pivot tables in Excel but more
powerful. Exact has four
predefined analytics for Macola which include Sales, Inventory /
Purchase Order, Manufacturing, and Financials.
Within each, there are many different report and graph formats
The big news is that EBA is going to be embedded in Macola ES Release
372. All ES sites will get,
at no charge, the RDIS engine for one company database, all four
analytics previously mentioned, and one Express User license for each
named ES user they own. An
Express User can access the analytics, refresh cubes, specify selection
criteria in content filters, but cannot slice and dice the data by
moving the columns around.
For that you will need the Professional User.
Power Users can do even more such as modify layouts and
underlying views. Still,
this represents a savings of between $13,000 to $17,000 dollars over
previous pricing. Letís hear
it for Exact Software!
Next yearís conference will be held in Las Vegas.
From personal observation, we can say that many of the attendees
enjoyed themselves more than they thought they were going to.
Please consider working it into your schedule if at all possible.