This is the company blog for megaventory, an online software that helps small businesses that buy, sell and manufacture physical products to manage sales, purchasing, manufacturing and inventory. We blog about new features and updates but also about enterprise software, small businesses, cloud computing and the industry in general.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Megaventory comes out of BETA!

The past weeks and months we have been hard at work on many fronts, most of which meant minor or major improvements on things most people don't notice - at least not immediately.

So far, we've upgraded our hardware, performed multiple updates and maintenance, significantly improved our internal process to be more efficient (for example we know offer support via our Knowledge Base as well) and have of course launched the Megaventory Partner Program (more on that soon).

All of that paved the way and culminated in one of the most important milestones of Megaventory: we're now confident enough to remove the BETA tag from our logo!

It's been quite a trip of four years with regular upgrades and improvements, in constant contact with our customers in an effort to enhance the Megaventory experience as much as possible. But now - and only now - we can be sure that we offer a really useful, practically bug-free, robust and scalable solution.

The reason we waited so long - unlike what most competitors do - was that we wanted to be excellent in every aspect of our solution before removing the BETA. It's quite simple really: we value our customers' data and processes as our own and we need to be 120% confident that we can offer significant value in an uninterrupted way before branding our software as complete.

Of course, we'll keep issuing updates and improvements to Megaventory in order to make it an even more ideal solution for small and medium business inventory and order management, an ideal web-based ERP essentially.

The regular upgrades will continue, more integrations are already being developed and many other exciting things are coming up! Please be sure to follow our updates, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Inventory Management Report

We're constantly on the lookout for studies regarding our industry so we can better understand where things are headed - and include value from such insights into Megaventory. As such we were happy to receive notice from inventory management software research and reviews website SoftwareAdvice about the recent survey they published on Inventory Management based on 2013 data:

Inventory Management Report 2014 from Software Advice

There are lots of interesting facts in it but some of the key takeaways are:

  • 96% of people looking for an inventory management solution are doing so for the first time. That's an impressive number as it indicates that more and more people are moving from less efficient solutions (such as pen and paper or spreadsheets) to more advanced methods. The market is opening and we're only now starting to see the results of cloud technologies being put to use. These are exciting times indeed!
  • A staggering 73% of those looking for inventory management take the best-of-breed approach. In other words, instead of going for a solution which will cover all their business needs (email, storage, accounting, inventory, CRM, etc.) in one suite, they instead pick a different application or solution per function. We've already wrote a post about that and we're glad to see our view being confirmed by the market itself.
  • More than 90% of inventory management buyers are after basic inventory control, barcode and scanning and demand forecasting - all areas Megaventory excels at. This again confirms our choices in what to include in Megaventory and reaffirms our understanding of the market. It's no easy thing navigating the industry and knowing what features to support but it feels good to get it right.

So if you want to see for yourself how we do things, feel free to start a trial account!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hardware upgrade completed!

Following our previous post on scheduled maintenance we're glad to announce that we've successfully migrated our infrastructure to more advanced hardware.

Hopefully, the necessary downtime had little effect on your operations - if noticed at all. That's behind us now though and as such, effective immediately, you should be able to enjoy a snappier experience when using Megaventory. Page load times should be noticeably shorter and clicks -which at times might have taken a second to create a result- will now cause virtually no delay.

For any issues regarding Megaventory's uptime you can visit our status page - which, apart from the uptime status, shows server response times usually below 200ms - a pretty impressive figure.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Scheduled downtime for maintenance operations

A short downtime of approximately 2hrs is scheduled to start today Sunday 11th of May at:

New York (U.S.A. - New York)10:00:00EDTUTC-4 hours
San Francisco (U.S.A. - California)07:00:00PDTUTC-7 hours
Austin (U.S.A. - Texas)09:00:00CDTUTC-5 hours
India19:30:00ISTUTC+5:30 hours
United Arab Emirates18:00:00GSTUTC+4 hours
United Kingdom15:00:00BSTUTC+1 hour
Greece17:00:00EESTUTC+3 hours

We are working for making Megaventory better and faster. Thank you for your understanding!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Megaventory February 2014 Upgrade (code named: Chios)

New features are available to Megaventory since the 23rd of February. Here is the list:

1. Batch Printing

This is a feature that greatly facilitates the printing operations of your company. By batch printing multiple documents at once, users no longer have to click to open each document to print it. This is something that can now be done through any list of documents (list of Sales Quotes, Sales Orders, Purchase Orders, Work Orders and list Inventory Transactions & Invoices). Users can check one or more documents by using the checkboxes of the list and then click the Print button above the list.

Batch printing of documents
2. Shipping Providers

We have added support for tracking shipments in Megaventory. When a Goods Out document is created, users can now select the shipment provider of the shipment (for example, UPS) and add the tracking ID. By doing so, we provide a link to the shipment so that it can be tracked easily from within Megaventory.

Shipment Tracking in the Goods Out document

Before selecting a shipping provider, the shipping provider entity has to be created. This option is available only to administrators and can be found under their Admin menu.

3. Extra Printing options

We have added two new printing options.

- The first one is available only to Sales Orders and Purchase Orders and display the partial quantities together with the ordered quantities.

Partial Quantities in the Printouts of Orders

- The second option allows for the printing of the client information in Packing slips.

Both options can be set by modifying the document type entity (under the Account Data > Document Types).

4. Ability to report per Client/Supplier in Reports. More calendar filter options

Users can now drag and drop the client entity in the row area of reports. The result is a report showing Client/Supplier performance Vs Time. Moreover, we have added extra time span options to the calendar filter.

New Reporting Features

Apart from the features listed above, as always, we've worked hard to eliminate bugs; more than 30 minor bugs have been fixed in this upgrade. Finally, don't forget that you can now operate a Magento store and have it connected to your Megaventory account.

To have your say related to this upgrade, just use the comments section below!