• Exact Engage 2012 is Coming to New Jersey (May 14,15)

     (January 20, 2012) This year Exact software has changed their normal annual user convention for a single event to 4 events divided by region.  This means this year, Engage will be within a drive time radius of a majority of my clients.  As such I thought I would list the top ten reasons clients may wish to attend Engage this year.

    Comedy List

    • 10.) Its in New Jersey
    • 9.) Its at a airport in New Jersey
    • 8.) A day off from work
    • 7.) Patrick is going to be there (need more reasons?)
    • 6.) Your Boss is going to be somewhere else
    • 5.) You can watch planes between presentations
    • 4.) You don’t have to fly
    • 3.) See the cast of Jersey Shore
    • 2.) NYC traffic on the way
    • 1.) Its in New Jersey!!!

    On the serious side, I plan on attending Engage this year myself.  It offers an oppurtunity to interact with Exact employess, fellow users, and vendors offering complemtary products, along with several learning sessions.  If you are interested feel free to give me a call at (203)-903-1414, or visit the Exact Engage site at http://www.exactamerica.com/engage.

     

     

     
  • PELASyS Office Back Online

    10/31/2011 – Just wanted to let everyone know, that power has been restored and the Office is back up.  This will be a Halloween to remember.  Snow and no power from Saturday to Monday.  Sorry for any missed calls and inconvenience.

    Best Regards,

    Patrick

     
  • Macola Payroll Users – FUTA tax Update Released 09/15/2011

    (09/15/2011)  The Payroll Update for Progression and Macola ES are available as of 09/15/2011 on the Exact Portal.  This change needs to be made PRIOR TO THE LAST PAYROLL of QTR 3!!  Quarter 3 ends 9/30/11.   Please note:  These updates are available only for 7.7.500 and higher and 9.5.500 and higher   – as these are also the versions that we will be supporting for 2010 year end .   I will be contacting all PELASyS Macola Payroll accounts to discuss this update.

     
  • Customer Alert – Hurricane Irene IT Disaster Preplanning

    (August 26, 2011) Several Clients have inquired about turning off their IT equipment over the weekend with the approach of  Hurricane Irene.  I believe this is not a bad idea if we do have any power outage or other effects from the Hurricane.  You should be aware if you are hosting your own website or email that taking such action will bring these down over the weekend. My primary recommendation is for all clients to have a backup offsite over the weekend.  This is always a best practice, but in-light of the current situation I strongly advise to do so.

     
  • FUTA (Federal Unemployment) Rate to Change July 1, 2011

    Macola Payroll Users – please note change in FUTA tax

     

     

    The Federal Unemployment Tax Act has announced the surcharge of 0.2 percent
    has expired as of June 30, 2011. The Government has released documentation
    indicating this surcharge will not be reinstated. Starting July 1, 2011 the FUTA
    rate for employers is 6.0 percent. The surcharge was originally enacted in 1976,
    and Congress has extended it several times since.

     

    Exact is aware that the FUI/FUTA rate has changed effective July 1. If users
    of Payroll make the percentage change for FUI in current code, the program will
    do a Year-to-Date adjustments; making the change effective January 1, 2011.
    Therefore, you must not change the current Payroll setup.

     

    Exact will be releasing an update for the Macola Progression and ES software
    that will allow users to change the percentage for FUI and have the change be
    effective as of July 1, 2011. This change will add a checkbox in Payroll Setup
    for  Adj FUI% QTD similar to the Adj SUI% QTD option.  The software will look at
    taxable FUI wages QTD to determine the adjustment that must be made to the FUI
    ‘tax’ and therefore calculate a negative amount and create the appropriate
    journal entry making the change effective July 1, 2011 (or the start of the
    current quarter).

     

    Please watch the Payroll Downloads page (00.825.030) for further information
    and the release of this offering.

     
  • Client Notice – CT Tax Rate Increases as of 07/01/2011

    Effective July 1, 2011, the State of Connecticut’s general sales tax rate will increase to 6.35%. If you charge your customers Sales Tax you should look at your Sales Tax Codes in your ERP system and make any required adjustments, before you start invoicing for July.

    The State has also changed the payroll taxes as follows : The number of income tax brackets was increased from three to six with the top marginal income tax rate increased to 6.7%. The new income tax rates are 3%; 5%; 5.5%; 6.0%; 6.5% and 6.7%. This change was retroactive to January 1,2011. New tax tables are available for the various ERP packages and I will contact each account about installing these new rate tables.

    Special Note to my clients, this legislation doesn’t change the rate for Computer Data Services 1% or Accounting Services which are Sales Tax Exempt. For your convenience I have attached a copy of the State Legislation on my website on the link below.

    http://www.pelasys.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/sn2011-6.pdf

    If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 203-903-1414 or email me at patricklooney@pelasys.com.

     
  • Exact Engage 2011 Annual Conference Summary and Review

    The conference started for me on Sunday,  April 3 with partner channel meetings.  In these meetings  the partners were exposed to the messaging for the Engage conference prior to the Monday opening.   Partners met with the senior management of Exact.  I also had the oppurtunity to meet with Randy Napier from SRH Consulting.  I partnered  with SRH consulting in February 2011.

    On Monday April 4, the conference opened with an addresses from the Exact management team.  CEO Martijn Janmaat, President, Exact Americas Mitchell Alcon, and master of the ceremonies, VP of Marketing Harry Merkin. This was followed by two keynote speakers; Trey Winthrop from Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, a Macola ES client, and Charlie Tarling from D&G Machine Products a Job Boss client.  We then broke out into Solution Sessions (Solution Sessions are mini product trainings), and the day closed with a reception in the Vendor Showcase.

    Tuesday April 5, started off with motivational speaker Scott Mckain, and then an aggrresive schedule of Solution Sessions into the evening.  I chose to skip the planned evening entertainment.

    Wednesday April 6, Started off with Solution Sessions, at 1pm I attended the conference closing.

    There was a clear message that Exact is refocusing on the core Macola products.  CEO  Martijn Janmaat explained that Exact is reorganizing into a vertical market approach with manufacturing, wholesale, distribution and professional services for small to mid-sized businesses.   The message was also clear that the Progression and Macola ES product lines were moving forward along with the Globe product line.  A road map of furture releases of each product was mapped out.  The process of how changes are incorporated into product based on partner and client feedback was reviewed.  Exact is looking for more feedback from clients, as currently 6% of active clients vote on future enhancements. 

    Product News

    Progression7.7.6 is the last Btreive release,7.7 wil be SQL only, yearend payroll updates will be avalible this year 

    AvaTax Sales Tax Reporting and Management – previously you needed a third party connector, but starting now with currentreleases of all Exact Macola Progression, Globe, and ES products the connector is built into the product.

    V-Technologies – releasing version 11.1 of Starship with the following new features:

    1. FedEx SmartPost
    2. FedEx Electronic Trade Documents
    3. FedEx HazMat/Dangerous Goods
    4. Performance Enhancements in Ship Screen

    Exact eCommerce Suite – I missed the session on this product(s), but spend time reviewing it at the vendor showcase.  I received a demo of their B2B and B2C eCommerce web solution along with their credit card processing. 

    If you have any comments or questions,  as allways feel free to contact me.

     
  • PELASyS (Patrick Looney) Returns from Exact Engage Annual Conference

     (April 12, 2011)  I wanted to inform everyone that I have returned from the Exact Engage annual conference in Orlando, FL.

     
  • PELASyS (Patrick Looney) Heading to Exact Engage Annual Conference

       (March 23, 2011)  I wanted to inform you that I will be attending  the Exact Engage annual conference in Orlando, FL. The conference will be from April 3rd through April 6th.  I will be considering those days as normal business days, and will be checking emails and voicemails as time allows.  April 7th and 8th will be vacation days.  For information about the conference see http://engage.exact.com/us/.  And No, it will not be all fun in the sun.  I will be attending over 20 hours of classes in subjects such as SQL Reporting Services, SQL Performance Tuning, MRP Planning, Synergy, Macola Progression, Macola ES, and Globe training.  Upon my return, I plan on posting a synopsis of what I learned and anything that I believe to be of interest to my clients. Please feel free to fill me in on anything you feel I should bring up as a topic of interest or concern while at the conference.

     
  • PELASyS (Patrick Looney) Partners with SRH Consulting, LLC (SRH)

       (Jan 31, 2011)  I am pleased to inform you that I have partnered with SRH Consulting, LLC (SRH)  to bring you the best in sales, service and support for all Exact Software Products. This will allow PELASyS to provide clients with support for, and sell new Exact products through SRH..  My primary focus is on supporting clients with the software and technologies that they currently are using.  On a long term basis, technologies are always changing, and I believe with this partnership I will be able to address my clients current and future needs.  If there are any questions feel free to give me a call or email.  I will be informing all of my clients of the good news.

    For more information on SRH click the link below:

    www.srhconsulting.com