Fishbowl Inventory – A Mini Review

Fishbowl Inventory is a great product that extends the abilities of Intuit’s QuickBooks® software, or it can be used as a standalone inventory management application. While inventory management has been their strong point since the beginning they have been a bit lacking on the manufacturing side of the house. Well, all that is about to change with the release of Fishbowl Inventory 2010 (it has a planned release date of Oct. 29).

We have been using the new version since the first beta release (they are now on release 4) and have been quite pleased. With this new release they have added a separate Manufacturing section that handles both Manufacturing Orders (MO) and a Bill of Material module. So far the only thing we have found not working to our liking is the process that it takes to close an MO short. However, this is something that is being corrected in the next beta release.

In addition to these great improvements the folks at Fishbowl have re-written the picking module and improved the overall user experience. There isn’t much more we could ask for (but give us a week or two, I’m sure we’ll come up with something). If you are a QuickBooks® user and do a fare share of inventory management and/or manufacturing then Fishbowl Inventory 2010 is a must!

At this time the beta is only available to existing users. However you can request a demo or download a FREE trial of Fishbowl Inventory 2009 today…


Multiple List Entries, I See A Future For It!

A data migration issue was brought to our attention one day last week.

We were bringing data from Macola over to QuickBooks® Enterprise Solutions 10. All seemed well after verification, however, we realized something was amiss. When setting up the Vendor in QuickBooks® Enterprise Solutions 10, you MUST put the Company Name on line one of the Address if you want it to appear when printing things such as Purchase Orders.

To correct this minor issue we are utilizing the Add/Edit Multiple List Entries option in QuickBooks® Enterprise Solutions 10. This is a great way to reduce the clicks necessary to change information in a situation such as this. It allows you to change information on multiple entries at once and in the long run can be a huge time saver.

This new feature has GREAT potential!


Adventures In Installation

One day last week, we went to a client site, anticipating spending a couple of hours installing QuickBooks® Enterprise Solutions 10. This was our first update to version 10 after we had updated our office. We had hoped it would be an in and out job; however, this did not turn out to be the case.

It all started with the server and a lack of Hard Drive space. In the middle of the install, we required more room, yet none was to be found. After a couple of hours, and some creative application removal, we found our needed 900MB. Notice that I said “after a couple of hours.” We were hoping to be done by this time, but alas, we can only go as fast as the hardware we are working with.

We finally succeeded in getting the server up and running. Moving on to the bookkeeper’s machine, which was also a success. We were finally able to upgrade their Company File from a trial version 9 file to a version 10 file; at which point we were able to move on to the other systems in the office.

All of the other installs were going well, that is, until we noticed an error on one of the systems. Can’t recall the exact message but the gist of it was your system doesn’t have at least 500MB of RAM so we aren’t going to let you install this application. Needless to say, that system is still without QuickBooks®.

It ended up being a much longer day than anticipated and some things we would like to suggest after our 6 hour adventure, notice it was 6 hours, not the anticipated 2 …

• Newer systems for everyone, even workstations (this is for performance, 6 hour install vs. 2 hour install) • Be sure to verify all systems have at least 500MB of RAM • Verify you have 1GB free on all C drives, even if you will be installing the actual program on an alternate drive