IT solutions for large - scale distribution and retail


23 June 2016 by vsalaris


IT solutions for retail

A focus on the impact and prospects of ICT in the Retail and LD sector, also with regard to the trends of corporate investments.

Edited by Marketing Department

The trade - wholesale and retail - is worth about 12% of Italian GDP. The role of this sector has great importance also for the employment dynamics, given that the trade employs about 15% of the total of Italian workers.

Specifically, the sector of retail trade is affected by several phenomena that are rapidly changing its scenario, including a strong change in the purchasing habits of Italians, increasingly projected towards digital solutions. The percentages of online shoppers are growing, and even more is increaesing the number of those seeking information on the Internet about products before purchase. Thus, companies operating in the retail and LD sector need to work on all phases of the buying process, with the goal to fully understand their consumers and guide their choices.

Zucchetti Group, thanks to an experience resulting from numerous projects in the field, is an experienced partner that can support the process of modernization in one of the sectors that can get more benefits from the digitalization of its own processes. The Zucchetti softwares, available both in license and in Cloud mode, allow you on one hand to improve the efficiency of processes and business performance, and on the other to increase sales, responding to customer demand for a more personalized shopping experience.

As for technological solutions that seem to play greater appeal, recent studies indicate that the investment priorities of the sector are intended for IT projects creating new connections in orer to develop new types of user experience across all contact channels and sale assets.

Thus, Retail and LD companies that need to manage all business processes (from accounting and tax warehouses to intelligent logistics) strongly need to rely on ERP software in web technology. ERP systems like Mago integrate with Zucchetti CRM and DMS systems, for a state-of-the-art management system.

Workforce Management is another crucial point that allows you to manage all aspects associated to the presence in retail outlets on the territory, streamlining the activities of the staff offices and reducing the related errors. The effectiveness of this type of solution is powered by the seamless integration with the suite HR Infinity Global Solution by Zucchetti for the complete management of personnel, in all respects.

An essential factor is Work Health and Safety, that is why Zucchetti offers a set of products able to give each store the complete autonomy on the individual processes, all under the control of headquarters.

In order to speed up the process and ensure reliability and flexibility, the POS solutions by Zucchetti Group transform the traditional cash registers into multifunctional systems that allow you to analyze sales, plan activities and retain customers, with the possibility to implement additional IT applications.

Business Intelligence also dominates the sector's priorities, to have immediately available information and immediate interpretation of data: InfoBusiness solution by Zucchetti is able to support strategic decisions in this regard .

Last, but not least important aspect is certainly the control of the means of transport. Zucchetti offers for this purpose the satellite tracking system called Remote Angel Fleet, able to realize a constant monitoring of fuel consumption and distances, optimization of working time, in addition to the means and business planning.

For more information, please visit the website dedicated to the Retail and Large-scale Distribution sector: http://www.software-retail.it/website/cms/home.html





Mago4 website is online


27 January 2016 by vsalaris


Mago4Website

We are glad to introduce the new Mago4 website, entirely dedicated to the new ERP solution.

Edited by Marketing Department

Here's the news: on the product site you now can find all the information, news and materials related to your Mago4 ERP !

Mago4 is online with its dedicated website: visit www.mago4.com to find out new product fiunctions and explore the areas concerning description, plus, features, integrations.

The website is based on criteria of simplicity, adopting a fresh and eye-catching graphics. The information is made available clearly and functionally, and the request for additional information is always at hand.

The alignment to the latest web-graphic trends is able to give the new website enhanced accessibility, intuitive consultation and a pleasant and relaxing browsing.

Mago4 website is optimized for mobile browsing: the responsive web design adapts the layout to the environment in which the site is displayed, allowing you to always have on hand information and content.

The new website dedicated to Mago4 is entirely devoted to public access, but the restricted area is available at the usual path www.microarea.it.

Enjoy your navigation on www.mago4.com!





Save the date: Rome, November 12th, 2015 - Future Decoded 2015


5 November 2015 by vsalaris


Mago4 and HR at Future Decoded 2015

Mago 4 and Infinity HR Zucchetti will be at Future Decoded, the great Microsoft technology event

Edited by Marketing Department

Come to Future Decoded 2015 to find out what does the future hold and to meet the ERP suite Mago4 and Zucchetti Infinity HR solutions. The two highest international and web - oriented products in the Zucchetti ecosystem will be present with their own stand. Future Decoded 2015 will take place in Rome, at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale de Coubertine 30, from 8.00 to 19.00 on November 12th.

Future Decoded 2015 is the great Microsoft conference, for the first time in Italy, that will host developers, IT professionals and students to find out how the future will be thanks to digital technology. An event completely free, full of great international speakers, demos, meetings, technical sessions, workshops and a large exhibition area where you can learn about the benefits offered by the innovation of Microsoft and its partners, among which Zucchetti could not be missing.

It will be a time of international concern, with a very disruptive format, specifically dedicated to positions like CxO, Technical Decision Maker and Business Decision Makers. The event goal is to explore the social, economic and technological developments that are transforming organizations and business models.

There are about 3,000 visitors who will physically attend the event, while about 35,000 people will be connected in streaming. The day will be divided into a plenary session in the morning, led by speakers of international standing, and different track of thematic sessions in the afternoon, held by Microsoft Italy Technical Evangelist and the most famous speakers from the Italian technical community.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp., will chair the keynote of the event along with special guests from all over the world. In particular you will have the opportunity to follow the top leaders of major companies who will present their vision on topics such as the Cloud, the Web and the future of technology; you can follow the technical sessions held by Italian and international speaker on programming languages, web, data, Internet of Things, cross-platform development and Microsoft technologies such as Windows 10 and Visual Studio; you will participate at hands-on labs and demos led by Microsoft experts.

In front of the hall will be set up exhibition stands of the most important player, including the one dedicated to the Zucchetti-branded business management solutions. It is an immense and prestigious display to give space to the new Mago4 ERP solutions family: a suite of ERP products based on Hi-Tech, Web native and international features, able to meet any operational development and business need in the field of business management. In the same space will be present the offer by Zucchetti Infinity HR, the advanced system of human capital management, for a new and innovative experience.

Do not miss the date, come to Future Decoded 2015 and let Mago4 and Infinity HR Zucchetti be with you along the path of Digital Transformation, to know the future of technology and business.

Please follow the hashtag #dilloalfuturo that will guide you to the Microsoft event. #dilloalfuturo is the direct channel available to everyone: each message uploaded on social networks with that hashtag will be brought right to Microsoft, becoming a small part of the future.





Inside Mago4: TaskBuilder Studio


13 October 2015 by vsalaris


MAGO4

TaskBuilder Studio is the hub of Mago4's flexibility: it is the platform created to develop flexible and strong ERP and Business applications.

Edited by Marketing Department

Having analyzed the innovations of Mago4 in terms of interface, in this post we discover, beyond the technicalities, why Mago4 is modeled on your needs and ready to respond to all of your needs.

We speak of TaskBuilder Studio (for friends TBS), the component of the Mago4 suite able to make unique your own ERP Mago4 . You know how important it is the ability to develop customized applications: this is precisely what makes Mago4 able to adapt to your needs.

To meet the needs of customers or the market, the behavior of the standard features have often to be extended or modified. Thanks to TBS your reseller can develop the solutions that best fits your needs, targeted to the specific market sectors in which you are operating, or even applications designed to increase productivity in certain business areas.

TBS is the same development platform used to build Mago4, but it was not designed just for that: TBS allows developers to build vertical solutions integrated Mago4 or real stand-alone solutions. In this way different applications, provided by other manufacturers and addressed to various areas of the company, are placed in the same installation, and you have a coherent set of interfaces and behaviors, even if realized by third party manufacturers.

The developed applications are not rigid, but rather composed of modules that can be installed optionally, as it happens for the application modules of Mago4. Not only that: because TBS is an open platform (that uses standard languages and development environments), the developer is free to integrate other software components to enrich your customization, which is ready for the addition of third-party applications.

TaskBuilder Studio provides an extensive set of software components geared to ERP solutions: controls, forms, database management, radar, menus, reporting, setup, and so on. The integration with the framework (Task Builder Framework - TBF), which contains all the general instruments, such DMS, Security, Auditing, etc., allows you to interact with the application, using the Tools to navigate and search for data, manage rights of access to functions and data, track activities, etc.

All the orchestration between the components takes place using the Web Services, the communication interface used by the components of TaskBuilder Studio and the applications realized with it. The result? All functions and application components are accessible via Web services transparently. In addition, the TBS WebLook component allows you to have business applications that can operate in native mode on the web.

Another component of TBS is Reporting Studio, which is the tool that allows you to develop and put in your full disposal a sophisticated reporting system, send email reports in PDF format, rely on Google Maps and Skype links ... and much more. Furthermore, the applications built with TaskBuilder Studio are easy to localize, thanks to International Studio: the ultimate localization tool, capable of providing multicurrency, multilingual and multi-regulations support.

How do you install applications? It’s very simply: Setup Studio allows you to create installation packages in all similar to the distribution package of any Windows product, providing the reading at Run-Time, without the need for additional components to be installed.

Finally, thanks to TBS EasyStudio you can rely on the creation of real vertical for specific market sectors: the module easily and intuitively manages multiple needs within the personalization of Mago4.

There are many features of TBS that “cannot be seen", but that make the suite Mago4 an ERP solution complete and reliable, open and customizable. Here it is, at least in part unveiled, the heart of the operation and performance of Mago4 ERP.

Do you want to know more? If you are a Mago.net user please ask your dealer, otherwise kindly leave your data and we will contact you as soon as possible.





Mago4: a totally new look


11 September 2015 by vsalaris


MAGO4

Here is a new insight about the main features of Mago4: discover how Mago evolves in its design. 

Edited by Marketing Department

We have already mentioned that the new Mago4 preserves the functional features of Mago.net, while radically changing its interface. The new design has to deal with not only graphic elements, and color, but it goes beyond the concept of User Interface to embrace the broader idea of true User Experience.

The new look is inspired by the latest trends in content before chrome: data and content on which you work are the primary substance to perceive, while the interface elements remain in the background. Mago4 adopts a flat appearance without 3D effect and photorealistic images with stylized icons and rich colors.

Mago4 design also takes into account the evolution in referring to the size and resolution of the displays in use. The traditional constraints associated with these features are now meaningless, given the multifaceted range of available devices, each with their own values. The goal of the new design is the dynamic adaptation to different situations: the new interface applies the principles of responsive design to adapt the elements to the available screen space. Special attention also goes to touch-screen devices, which, while not ideal tools for a complex operability, are useful for consultation and for operations of verify or confirmation. Mago4 interfaces are then touch friendly, responsive and have enough space to tapping as an alternative to clicking.

To give Mago4 a highly intuitive design, we started with an observation: "If there is a need to explain the interface, you probably made a mistake in the choice of design." The new design communicates the user a clear message about the meaning of what is displayed and on possible actions, taking care of the affordances (ie the invitation) proposed by the elements. The affordance draws on the common and computer cultural background (a blue underlined text suggests a link to other information; three diagonal lines at the corner of a window indicate that the same can be enlarged, etc.). Users can predict which actions will be performed, starting from the look of interface elements.

The restyling of the Home Page leads to a totally new look, clear, clean and light, characterized by the presence of tiles (ie panels containing groups of consistent fields), that are also the key elements common to all the application interface. The responsive design is here: the tiles can change size and orientation adapting to the various form factors and the extension of the texts in different languages. The occupation of space is improved, readability and understanding are maximized.

Navigation is intuitive; the desired functionality are recalled with a few clicks and the appearance of the home page is customizable, to fit the daily operational flows, hiding the items used with a lower frequency. A powerful search system allows you to quickly find any functionality of application or framework: the entire usual search functions are implemented: bookmarks, last-used and pinning.The look and feel is linked to the theme and therefore is customizable.

All the windows of the application interface (data entry, batch, wizards, forms, etc.) are new in look and organization of information. The data are grouped by operation logic and meaning in the new container represented by the tiles, which can be collapsed by the user, while continuing to carry information. All you need is at hand on the first page of the document, and other not-basic information are in accessory boards. You have the same result in Activity Panel thanks to the Accordion model: the sections collapse or expand themselves while you proceed in the activity. There are also other characteristic elements, such as lateral selectors with customizable icon and description and a concise and descriptive header, designed to recall the information that you always want to be visible (name of the customer, document number, etc.).

Even Mago.net toolbars change: from uniform stripes of small images, functions move in different areas of the display. The new toolbars are lighter, thanks to the drop-down buttons, and can move freely; toolbars are reduced in number (the accessory functions are in separated informative panels), they have larger icons, useful on a touch screen, accompanied by a descriptive text for easier understanding. Available icons change depending on the context and the possible actions.

Colors, fonts and other graphics change: a powerful templates technology collects the styles of different components to model the product on the tastes of the individual user. In this way, it is easy to create a familiar user experience, even between different applications and products.

These are just some of the innovations - mainly related to the product interface - that you will soon experiment with Mago4. If you are curious to see other innovative features that will change your ERP, you just have to follow the next editions of the blog!





Mago4 … and beyond


13 July 2015 by vsalaris


MAGO4

Microarea extends and renews its offer, strategically moving beyond the pure ERP software.

Edited by Marketing Department

As you know, the meeting held in June anticipated a revolution in the field of ERP with Mago4, the new version of Mago ERP. But that's not all!

Microarea extends and diversifies its proposal through a suite of joint products, able to meet various operational needs, of development and business, in Italy and in international markets. The project - carried out by following a strategy of global integration with Zucchetti product - is based on the belief that it is the set of solutions to make a difference, rather than a single product.

Starting from its vast technological expertise, consolidated experience of development and the variety of its skills, Microarea then re-formed the core components of the ERP Mago.net, embracing simultaneously the criteria of the web usability imperative.

Mago.net is already more than just an ERP: its architecture is suitable to the new valuation of the individual segments of the system, with renewed development models and unedited components. The new suite sees the independent presence of the framework, that was hitherto perceived as an infrastructural substrate Mago.net, but that now appears as TaskBuilder Framework. TBF is a self-contained environment that provides an application base on which to develop vertical solutions, add-ons and cross products, embedded and stand-alone. Another component of the suite is TaskBuilder Studio, which is the result of the enhancement of Taskbuilder development platform. Through its interpretation on client and web platforms, TBS will be a collection of development tools used by the simple power-user, the consultant or the professional developer.

On TBS (development platform) and TBF (framework) grafts the new MAGO4, a completely new product, born from the evolution of Mago, but different from it for look and feel, design and user experience, and declined in client mode MAGO4 desktop (next release) and in the new version MAGO4 web, with its dynamic web design.

MAGO4 is created starting from the new usability criteria inspired by last generation devices: all the interfaces of the present Mago.net have been reinterpreted in a modern way, both in terms of the organization and from a graphic point of view, with the goal, fully caught, to provide maximum usability while keeping the business processes consolidated in Mago.net.

Image and substance in the new MAGO4: nothing has changed, but nothing is the same again! You'll see the logos created for the new product, the customizable home page - pure TBF web application – with a pure responsive web design; the new look of the forms is made up of tiles, toolbar and lateral slider absolutely touch - friendly, with compact information and dynamic and customizable templates.

The new interface structure accords to maximum malleability criteria, to converge - both formally and substantially - to the other proposals of Zucchetti Integrations. Together with the components of the suite new management capabilities are also coming, especially in the warehouse and logistics area, organized in line with the criteria of speed and usability that can guarantee a new management experience.

I 3 nuovi prodotti della suite confermano e, anzi, intensificano la vocazione internazionale del progetto, grazie a TBF e TBS quali programmi primari per lo sviluppo dei prodotti localizzati all'estero e l’ERP MAGO come proposta strategica nello scenario internazionale. 

Do not miss the next in-depth post about the new suite!







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