Megaventory Blog - Online Inventory Management Software, Order fulfillment and Control System
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, December 1, 2014

Megaventory Update: Arabic, Magento, Search, Speed

It's time to announce yet another upgrade that has taken place here at Megaventory HQ. Starting the past week you'll be seeing lots of new goodies around here. Here's a sample of the highlights:


1. We have another localization out: Arabic is now among the languages officially supported by Megaventory!

Arabic interface in Megaventory

If you're a native speaker or just more confident in working with Arabic, just go to Admin and click Localize Megaventory. From the drop down menu at the top left choose Arabic and Megaventory will instantly be even more user-friendly for you.

Note of course that if you want to keep certain terms untranslated - or according to your custom needs, you're free to do so and tailor Megaventory exactly as you want to.

2. A new version of our Magento extension Inventory Management for Multiple Locations is out. We're already at version 2.1 and that includes:

  • auto sync of custom product attributes
  • auto sync of stock alert levels
  • code optimization, bug fixing and interface improvements

3. The good old Megaventory search has also received an upgrade. It now supports filling in multiple fields and finding a search result covering all criteria by the click of single button. That way it's much faster and efficient and saves users of waiting time for individual searches to filter their results.

The improved search interface in lists

4. Finally, we've implemented a significant technology upgrade by means of which of Megaventory is now faster and easier to integrate with third-party services. As a result you should expect to see soon more value being added to our service by combining it with other products. But more of that in the coming weeks...

That's all for now - stay tuned for more upgrades soon!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Software Advice interview: Megaventory among best UIs of inventory management software

Those following us on our social media accounts (do visit and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) will already know that Megaventory was selected by Software Advice - which helps people find the right software for their organization - as one of the inventory management services with the best UI!


 



We're glad to see our focus on usability pay off as we really think it's a crucial aspect when designing an ERP experience and one that is often sacrificed at the expense of adding even more features and bells and whistles. Given the importance of usability and our obsession about it (as well as a little surprise that's coming up soon) we decided to go a bit deeper and ask the article's author Forrest Burnson, a couple of questions on the subject.

 

Here are his views on UI/UX:

1. Why did you choose to include Megaventory in the list of online inventory management software with a top UI?


I particularly liked how organized and clean the UI was. Not only is it intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, but it is able to present a lot of information on-screen without being too cluttered.

2. What is the most innovative idea or usability element you have seen in modern interfaces?


I think now more than ever, software developers and engineers are making greater strides to really put themselves in the shoes of the end user. They're thinking a lot more about how long it takes the average user to figure out how to use their software. So that's one thing. The growing prominence of web-based, SaaS applications has also been huge. When you're developing an application for a web browser, you're generally faced with more limitations compared to a desktop application. But those limitations might be more of a blessing than a curse - you're able to integrate standard web design best practices that the user is already familiar with, which generally forces you to keep it simple and intuitive. While it might be a bit of a no-brainer to say that being able to use a web browser to access an application is incredibly innovative, it can't be stated enough.

3. What are the characteristic UI/UX elements online services should have which are the most sought after by end users?


Simplicity, familiarity and readability. End users want something that isn't too different from what they are used to, and they want it to be simple. They don't want to have to do a lot of reading - people generally scan web pages. The less clicking and typing they have to do, the better.

4. What do you see as being the future of UI/UX in online services?


Can you believe what UI/UX on the web looked like just ten years ago? The terrible fonts, the flash animations, the lack of white space, etc. And now we're at this point where things look utterly stunning, and developers and software engineers are really responding to the market demand for applications that look nice and are easy to use. And it's only going to get better. In terms of what that means for the future, it really comes down to what kind of devices people are using. Tablet and smartphone adoption is through the roof, so we will definitely see even greater UI/UX optimization toward those devices.

And of course, having said all that here is his post on the best inventory management system user interfaces.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Megaventory Updates: new Magento version, Zapier integration, GetApp entry

Lots of updates are already in place and improving your Megaventory experience - check them out:

New Magento module version is live


For those of you who are using Magento to run your business or are considering adopting it (or know someone who has already done so), you'll be glad to know that we have a new version out - v2.0.1. You can grab it here. It supports bulk synchronization, it's faster, more stable, has less bugs - and we're really proud of it.

Megaventory is partnering with Zapier!


We're in the process of integrating with Zapier - when that's done Megaventory will be able to connect with hundreds of popular services with only imagination being the limit to what it can do. Zapier is a very promising project - be sure to check out their App Directory - we're really proud to become a member of their platform. More on that soon!

GetApp Review


Megaventory has recently been featured in many sites but one of our favorites is the GetApp Business App Marketplace. If you have enjoyed using Megaventory (or even just signed up for a demo), we'd appreciate spending two minutes of your time to write a candid review - it'll make a world of our difference for our promotional efforts.

That's all for now - as always if you need anything just contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Monday, June 30, 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, May 19, 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, May 14, 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, May 11, 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, February 23, 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!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Choosing an ERP consultant: Ultra Consultants

This is a guest post by Jeff Carr, Founder and Principal of Ultra Consultants, the independent ERP consulting agency. The post is the fourth in our series of understanding how to choose an ERP consultant. You can see the previous three here:




There’s a quote attributed to Henry Ford that we feel clearly articulates what we know about success when it comes to ERP selection and implementation.

When everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself.” 

The reason this quote resonates so powerfully with our team is because one of the most challenging issues faced by a manufacturing company is how to effectively organize the ERP selection team. 

An effectively organized ERP selection team improves the success of an effective ERP project, and ultimately selection ERP for an effective change management process.

It’s in this spirit that we offer the following 3 considerations for the ERP selection team.

Allocate the appropriate resources.

After working with hundreds of manufacturers, we know that an ERP selection project requires the best resources from the organization.

Putting together an effective team is one of the critical steps to a successful project. Why? The team helps with ERP requirements definition. The team is also responsible for assessing ERP vendors and their product offerings.

The ERP project needs a steering committee, an executive sponsor, a project manager, and a team of the best business users.

The steering committee should be made up of the senior leadership as well as the top executive from each functions of the business that will be affected by the new system.

Consider the project sponsor.

We suggest giving careful consideration to the ERP project sponsor. The executive sponsor should be the executive who is going to drive the project. In many successful projects, the sponsor is an executive who has been through an ERP project before.  They have practical experience, especially in the area of ERP comparison.

It’s been our experience in the field that executive sponsorship is directly related to the success of the overall project.

Focus on ROI.

In most cases, the need for a new ERP system is felt within the entire organization. As an ERP project gets underway, management must clearly understand the needs, the alternate solutions, the total costs, the benefits of the solution, and other quantifiables.  The anticipated return must consider process improvements including a more streamlined ordering process, reduction of physical inventory counts, improved production quality, better scheduling and more. Other savings should come from access to real-time information for more accurate materials planning, integrated databases, streamlined information reporting, dashboard reporting and other uses of real-time data.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Megaventory Partners Program Launch!

Right after the Magento and Salescast integrations Megaventory is ready to make another important announcement.

We're expanding our business development efforts to initiate the Megaventory Partners Program. Simply put, this is an opportunity for exceptional professionals or companies to join forces with Megaventory in an affiliation which is sure to benefit all parties involved.


Megaventory Partners Program

The Megaventory Partners program is structured in three layers


  • Affiliates: Our simplest package allows for independent collaboration with Megaventory with few restrictions and obligations on the part of the affiliate - it's ideal for maximum flexibility.
  • Value Added Partners: Our main package provides partners with training, support material and promotion benefits apart from an additional source of revenue - it's a unique proposition offering the maximum benefits
  • Premium Partners: Our top tier package allows for maximum customization capabilities and provides the opportunity for tailor-made win-win agreements. 

All types of Partners earn the benefits either of a revenue share or free usage agreement depending on the partnership - and that's on top of other perks and markups. 

Either individuals or businesses can apply to become members of the program. We think it's a great opportunity overall based on a number of distinct groups which have shown enthusiastic interest in Megaventory over the years. As such, we believe you should apply if you are:


  • An accountant, CPA or a bookkeeping company
  • An individual developer or an established software house
  • A business consultant or consulting agency offering financial or strategy services

(These are all indicative examples, of course. If your business falls somewhere in between, we'd still encourage you to join us - and we'll make it work!)

And of course all existing Megaventory clients have the chance to benefit by suggesting Megaventory to other businesses (such as their own clients, suppliers and affiliates) who are bound to benefit by our software.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead - apply and become part of the growing Megaventory family!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ecommerce support: Megaventory integrates Magento!

Just a month after our successful integration of Megaventory with Salescast by Lokad, we're ready to announce we've also integrated Megaventory with Magento, the popular open source e-commerce platform!





So, if your business relies on the Magento platform, integrating it with Megaventory will bring superior inventory management while keeping your products synced across Magento and Megaventory over all your inventory locations.


Alternatively, if you're actively considering taking your business online, now you have one more reason why you finally should take the step. Tracking inventory online will be easy if you choose the Magento approach, which is already the platform of choice for hundreds of thousands of ecommerce installations.

Activating the integration is super fast as we've kept the number of steps small and intuitive. You can do it in the dashboard under the Admin menu in Account Integrations by filling in just a couple of fields.


We have also put together a full Magento integration manual outlining the entire process and you can always contact us for clarifications.


We'd be delighted if you shared with us your feedback on this update as well as the next integration you'd like to see us work on (of course, further integrations are planned down the road!)