A history of care and success

26 January 2017 by vsalaris

Case Study

The Care Home Uboldi relies on Mago to optimize the administrative management processes in the social and health care sector.

Edited by Marketing Department

The Care Home Uboldi in Paderno Dugnano (Milan, Italy) was created in 1952, for testamentary bequest of the Grand Officer "Commendatore" Ferdinando Uboldi, as a non-profit organization for solidarity purpose. The aim of Uboldi care home is to provide social, health and welfare services to vulnerable people, paying special attention to the elderly dependents.

In 2010 Mago was implemented with the support of Linearetta, Microarea Gold partner, following the decision to internalize all administrative procedures, in order to dispose of the accounting data in real time, control and manage the daily processes (general accounts, cash , payments, banking, customer orders, invoicing and warehouse stock) independently and without relying on third parties.

At the moment of Mago activation, it was necessary to enter all the current year accounts data: thanks to the versatility of Mago and with the support of Linearetta, the budget was presented to the Board of Directors in accordance with the schedule.

In less than six months the situation has been normalized and the operation is at full speed: this is due to the ability demonstrated by Mago in making the approach to work simple, but effective, even for beginners. Linearetta partners has followed all of Mago implementation phases, forming the administrative staff and customizing the accounting models. After a year of full use, Mago functionalities have been extended to supplier orders and warehouse management, in particular to manage medicines: Mago has ensured a daily reporting of consumption and a reduction in costs.

Today, the new challenge is to integrate Mage and its modules with the medical record software, created and prepared by the continuous cooperation between Linearetta and the Direction of the care home. This new frontier will ensure quality of care, personalization of care interventions and efficiency of the core business, accompanying the organization in the use of business intelligence.

The director of Uboldi care home, Paola Cattin, points out that Linearetta partner is a key element of the project and expresses her satisfaction with these words: "The information ensures full awareness in the choices. This will result in savings, growth and development. Mago was able to bring to our structure all this. "

That of Uboldi care home is one of the success stories achieved through Mago ERP software: you can read them and find the cases of other companies on the Microarea website. Remember that your company could be the next case study! Contact your reseller and discover how to become part of the "Success Stories with Mago ERP" section.

Inside Mago4: TaskBuilder Studio

13 October 2015 by vsalaris


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


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!

Summer Break!

27 July 2015 by vsalaris

Summer break 2015

Here is the schedule of the summer break. 

Edited by Marketing Department

Microarea offices close for holidays between 10 and 22 August.

But Microarea website stays with you: its responsive web design, optimized for mobile devices, allows you to have all the information you need, in full mobility ... even on holiday!

Navigate from your tablet or smartphone and ... see you soon, with a sea of news!

Mago4 … and beyond

13 July 2015 by vsalaris


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!

Microarea website: more and more ... mobile!

25 May 2015 by vsalaris

Microarea: new mobile friendly website

Microarea Website has been further improved, to make your navigation from Mobile even more enjoyable!

A cura dell'Ufficio Marketing 

Microarea has recently refined the new responsive layout of its website, so you can browse the pages of www.microarea.it anytime and anywhere: thus you have all the information you need, in full mobility.

Microarea Website has also passed with flying colors the test of compatibility with mobile devices developed by Google. According to its new policy, Google rewards the sites designed to work at the best even on mobile devices; these virtuous sites are inevitably destined to rise to the top of the search results.

The choice is linked to the change in accessing the web, certified by many studies: nearly 60% of the online traffic comes from mobile devices and the proportion is set to rise to 70% in 2020 (comScore data). It’s indeed taking place sort of a “passing of the baton” widely announced, regard to which Microarea wanted to keep pace. Nevertheless, many people fear this change: according to SumAll research, 67% percent of the first Fortune’s companies is not "mobile friendly".

But you have not to worry: you can find Microarea content ranked among the most interesting and high quality sites, because Microarea website is optimized for an effective displaying on any mobile device. Try the new browsing experience on your tablet, smartphone or iPad and ... good mobile navigation!

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