# Monday, March 3, 2014

Studies have shown that employees who work at home are actually more productive than those working in the office.  In addition to increased productivity, working from home gives employees more flexibility, especially if they have children or ailing elders to care for.

People who work at home do not experience office distractions.
  They start work earlier, take shorter breaks and work until the end of the day.  They are fresher since they don’t have to commute to work.  In addition, studies have shown that more people look at the possibility of working at home as one of the reasons for accepting future job offers.  Offering employees the opportunity to telecommute shines a positive light on a company.  It means the company is flexible and willing to do what it takes to recruit and retain top talent.  It is really a win-win-win solution for the employee, employers and the society.

So if telecommuting offers so many benefits for everyone, then why did some well-known companies like HP, Yahoo, and Best Buys reverse their telecommuting policies in 2013?
  The answer is obvious. They ran into problems with managing their telecommuting employees. The truth is companies should not just jump into the telecommuting bandwagon without taking the proper steps first. One of critical requirements is performance measurement. Does the company have proper performance measurements in place to measure employees regardless of whether an employee is working in the office or remotely?

It’s difficult to measure employee performance in many positions.
  Some of them can be measured, but may take a long time and even so, may be difficult to quantify.  When it comes to positions for which performance is difficult to measure, many managers base their evaluation of how well employees are performing on whether they show up in the office on time or look as if as if they are busy working in their cubicles.  If that is the case, how are the managers going to measure their remote workers’ performance?  This is the type of problem that Yahoo, Best Buys and HP ran into, which caused them to reverse their telecommuting policies.

MySammy is a “Cloud”- based employee productivity measurement solution that will help companies to measure how employees spend their time in front of their computers regardless of where they’re working -- whether in the office or a thousand miles away. It is not meant to replace other performance measurements that managers should work hard to establish.
  But it is an easy solution if those performance measurements are not well established or if the results take a long time to see.  With MySammy, management will quickly know if their telecommuters are putting in their hours or not.

The solution will not only give companies a quantifiable time measurement, but also more flexibility to reach out and recruit more talented remote workers.  If you are interested in learning more about MySammy, visit the website at 

Monday, March 3, 2014 8:28:56 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Monday, January 27, 2014

The business landscape has changed dramatically over the past 6 years.  The economy is moving away from the days of excess consumption to smarter consumption by consumers.  They are becoming smarter with their purchases, so businesses need to adapt to this change in the demand of goods.

Effective inventory management will play a key role for the long-term survival of many businesses.
  The companies that are most efficient with their operations will survive this downturn and prosper in the upturn. Companies need to carefully evaluate their current inventories, identify the slow-moving items and use promotional strategies to sell them quickly.  In addition, they need to identify those items that are in demand and keep them on order with the suppliers and manufacturers so they will have the most popular products on hand to sell to their customers.  

To achieve this, they need quantifiable data to know which items are in the highest demand.
  Businesses need to be aware that demand is different than sales when they do inventory forecasting.  Most ERP systems can tell you which item has the highest sales, but not necessarily the highest demand. Elliott Business Software’s Customer Wish List function can help businesses identify the top-demand items.  This information can also be integrated with the company website(s) to expand their digital business intelligence in this Internet age. 

A sudden drop in demand could leave businesses holding a large amount of excess inventory.
  To effectively manage and maintain inventory has become a top priority for many businesses.  Elliott Business Software has a built-in warehouse management solution to help you manage your inventory. 

To learn more, contact us at 909-598-9019 or e-mail us at

Monday, January 27, 2014 11:12:34 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Monday, December 23, 2013

Many people have asked if there is a 64-bit version of Elliott Business Software.  The short answer is “not at this moment.”  The long answer is, “Elliott only supports 32 bits at this moment, but it doesn’t really make any difference.” Even though Elliott is a 32-bit application, it will support both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS environment, so you are free to choose your favorite Windows OS version. Another common question is will Elliott run slower because it is a 32-bit application?  The answer is no.  Even if we introduce an Elliott 64-bit version, it will not run any faster than the current 32-bit version.

A common misnomer is that a 64-bit application is faster than a 32-bit version. This really depends on a number of different factors. The real benefit of a 64-bit application is when the application needs to access a large amount of memory. The maximum amount of memory that a 32-bit application can access is 2GB of RAM.
  Larger applications, like CAD/CAM or a database server, for example, may require accessing memory amounts beyond 2 GB and, therefore, would benefit from a 64-bit version. A typical Elliott session requires between 10 MB to 30 MB of RAM (Random Access Memory), so it makes no difference with regard to performance whether Elliott is a 32-bit or 64-bit application.  On the other hand, a 64-bit version of Elliott will not run on a 32-bit OS environment.  To provide Elliott in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions is a waste of our resources with no real benefit to our customers.

Most of the time, Elliott’s performance is determined by the database PSQL server’s performance.
  If you need to purchase a database server, we recommend buying a 64-bit server with a PSQL 11 64-bit engine.  This can significantly increase your database performance and, therefore, increase Elliott’s performance.

On the workstation side, if you do choose a 64-bit workstation OS, then you should be aware that Elliott 7.x may have an issue with 64-bit Outlook.
  When you try to send e-mail through Elliott 7.x, it goes through a MAPI interface, and does not support a 32- to 64-bit conversion.  On the other hand, in Elliott 8.x, we support SMTP protocol and, therefore, resolve the e-mail issues regardless of whether you use a 32- or 64-bit workstation.  This is one more reason, among many others, why you should upgrade to Elliott 8.x.

If you have any questions regarding how to run Elliott in a 32- or 64-bit environment, contact us anytime at 909-598-9019 or e-mail us at
sales@netcellent.com for more information.

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:20:09 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Monday, November 25, 2013

The Elliott Business Software Version 8 Spooled Report function has been significantly enhanced.   We mentioned in our previous post that V8 can support more than 99 spooled reports, and the spooled file naming convention has been changed in order to accommodate this expanded capacity.  This means you do not need to perform the archive function when a particular type of spooled report total is approaching 99.  In addition, the spooled reports in V8 have been moved out of the DATA folder to a newly created REPORTS folder.  This will make it easier if you wish to lock down your DATA directory NTFS security.

Recently, the spooled report function has been further enhanced.  Now, when a spooled report file is created, it will be in a zip format.  This has two major benefits:

  • Saving Disk Storage Space: The spooled report zip file format only takes up 10% of the original spooled report file size.  This results in a significant saving of disk storage space.  It also makes backup of the Elliott directory faster.  In Elliott V8, we allow you to convert your Elliott 7.5 spooled reports to this new zip file format, resulting in a significant saving of disk space for your history archive.
  • Enhanced Security: Each spooled reports zip file created in V8 is encrypted with a password.  The password is only known to the Elliott system.  That is to say, any person who has OS level admin security  can access the zip file but cannot unzip the file to see the report’s contents.  This can prevent sensitive financial statements or payroll information, for example, from being viewed by a non-authorized employee.  The only way to see the spooled report zip file content is through the Elliott Spooled Report manager with the appropriate level of security access.
If you are interested in participating in the Elliott V8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  Call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com for more information.

Monday, November 25, 2013 9:17:13 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Elliott Business Software Version 8 introduces a new and more efficient way in which help contents are retrieved and displayed.  In previous versions of Elliott, the help contents were retrieved and displayed locally.  This method posed several problems: (1) When we updated the help contents, users had to download updates in order to see the new contents; (2) The technique we chose to display the help content is not compatible with Windows 7.

Because of that, we began searching for a better way to display help contents when we designed our ERP software, Elliott V8.  As a result, all help contents are now displayed through a Web browser in Elliott V8.  The help contents are centrally located and reside on Netcellent’s Web server.  This means we can provide our customers with up-to-date contents as soon as we finish the new documentation.  In addition, as long as you can access the www.elliott.com website in a browser, you will be able to access the Elliott help contents.  Currently, we are investing major resources to update the Elliott V8 documentation. This is another reason you should consider upgrading to Elliott V8.

Elliott Business Software is a cost-effective ERP solution that is affordable for any small- to medium-size business. It is perfect for general accounting, wholesale distribution and manufacturing. It also has excellent capabilities that assist the import export business and petroleum marketers/fuel distributors.  It provides advance serial number tracking, which is ideal for many companies, as well as many other features.

If you are interested in participating in the Elliott Version 8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  You can call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:37:52 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Monday, September 23, 2013

There have been significant system changes in Elliott Version 8.  One of the changes is the improvement to printing and archiving reports.  Version 8 supports multiple report destinations.  You can specify any combinations of simultaneous outputs:  printer, screen, disk, defer, or email.  There is a new tabbed dialog interface for the report output options window. 

The deferred reports feature has also been improved.  You have the option to specify an email to be sent with the report attached when done.  It also offers a run now option, which spools to disk immediately as background task.  The process runs on deferred reports machine for fastest throughput.  This frees the user to continue working while the report is processing.  There is an optional user email notification when the report is done.  

If you are interested in participating in the Elliott Version 8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  You can call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com.

Monday, September 23, 2013 9:21:55 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Elliott Version 8 will soon in be in general release.  We highly recommend you give Version 8 a test drive.


Elliott Version 8 introduces a new and convenient way of handling drill-down screens.  For example, in the Stock Status Inquiry screen you can hold down the Control key and press the appropriate function key for ATP Inquiry and the ATP data will open in a separate process window.  This will allow you to open as many drill-down screens as you wish and make it easier for side-by-side comparisons.


From the ATP Inquiry screen you can further drill down to the Sales Order, Purchase Order or Work Order Inquiry screens.  From the Work Order Inquiry screen you can drill down to the Stock Status Inquiry for the components, which was not available in previous version due to a recursive limitation.  Notes, Attributes, and eContacts also support the new drill-down screens in Elliott Version 8.


If you are interested in participating in the Elliott Version 8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  Running Elliott Version 8 has minimal risk and several sizable Elliott users have already converted to Version 8.  You can call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:44:15 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You will love the new Report Viewer in Elliott V8. 


Elliott 7 uses Notepad to view reports printed to the screen.  If you choose to print a hard copy from Notepad, the format is often printed incorrectly.  Emailing the report or saving it as a Spooled Report can be difficult.  As a result, most find it easier to print the same report again from Elliott to the final destination.


Version 8 will now give you the option to view a report printed to the screen using the new Report Viewer.  Unlike Notepad, the new Report Viewer is optimized for Elliott report viewing.  Report Viewer can print a hard copy in the right format of the report viewed.  The report can be saved as a Spooled Report if you decide to keep it permanently.  You can also email the report directly from the Report Viewer.


The following is a list of Report Viewer highlights:

  • Choose your favorite fonts to display
  • Enlarge or shrink the Report Viewer window with the font size automatically adjusted
  • An easily accessible search function
  • Copy and paste in traditional mode or block mode
  • Fine control of paging
  • Print to the printer in the correct format
  • Save directly to Spooled Reports
  • Email reports

If you are interested in participating in the Elliott Version 8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  Running Elliott Version 8 has minimum risk and several sizable Elliott users have already converted to Elliott Version 8.  You can call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:18:20 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Thursday, June 27, 2013

The most significant change in Elliott Version 8 is introduction of the Control Center which replaced the main menu in v7.5.  The Version 8 Control Center provides a more elegant and intuitive user interface.  Your company selections and menus appear in an easy-to-read tree structure and can be quickly navigated from the control center. 


Version 8 allows you to customize the Control Center.  It supports drag-and-drop customization.  You can change the description, sequence within type (e.g. maintenance, processing), frequency, and risk of any task.  You can create new task groups for a company and drag-and-drop tasks from multiple modules/types. 


In addition, Elliott Version 8 supports two customization levels.  The task customization can be at the company level, which applies to all users of a company, or at the user level, which applies to the individual user only.   Each task has its own screen and process.  In Version 8, you can change fonts and font sizes intuitively.  The fonts can be changed by selecting from a list of available fonts or by resizing the window or with a button to increase and decrease the size. 


Elliott Version 8 highlights:


  • Elegant Control Center for navigation
  • New Report Viewer
  • New Drill Down to launch a new independent window
  • Improved printing and archiving (no more 99 spooled report limit)
  • Web based help for up-to-date content
  • Supports SMTP email to make email integration easy
  • Improved directory structure for better security and maintenance
  • And more

If you are interested in participating in the Elliott Version 8 beta release, let us know and we can help you install it on your system.  Again, running Elliott Version 8 has minimum risk.  Several sizable Elliott users have already converted to Elliott Version 8.  You can call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at sales@netcellent.com. 


Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:38:08 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0] -

# Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pervasive PSQL 11 is a powerful database engine that tremendously improves database performance by utilizing the server’s multi-CPU capability.  The PSQL 11 64-bit engine significantly improves the relational database performance by allowing unlimited cache memory.  Even a Crystal Report that does not utilize the database index correctly can return the result instantly most of the time.  Netcellent recommends all our Elliott users upgrade to the PSQL 11 64-bit engine.


Many Elliott users and IT professionals may not be familiar with one license security issue when upgrading to PSQL 11.  During the installation, PSQL 11 will authorize the engine license code over the Internet or by phone.  The authorization process will record the hardware configuration, including motherboard details, hard drive serial number, network interface card (NIC) MAC address and the amount of memory.  Pervasive uses this copy protection to prevent the installation of PSQL 11 on more than one server.


Changes to your server hardware require you to first remove the license key for the PSQL 11 engine through the License Administrator.  Once the server is running with the new configuration, you can reauthorize the PSQL 11 engine utilizing the same key.  Failure to follow this procedure could invalidate your PSQL 11 license due to the copy protection scheme.  Even though this can be fixed, it requires a special procedure that takes time and effort and can not be resolved after business hours or over the weekend.  So, plan your PSQL server hardware upgrades carefully and don’t let it ruin your day.


If you have any questions regarding Elliott and PSQL v11, call us at 909-598-9019 or email us at support@netcellent.com. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:06:55 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0] -

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