The Benefits of Documenting Your ERP System Procedures

By Jack Shannon on 8/10/18 10:00 AM

Floss your teeth, don't eat junk, document your procedures

My guess is the headline above didn't tell you anything you don't already know. There is a difference though between knowing and doing. You don't need me going into detail of the benefits of flossing your teeth or eating right, so I'm going to focus on the benefits of documenting your ERP system procedures. I promise you two things: This won't be a finger wag if your procedures aren't documented. Also, I will reveal an easy way to document your procedures. The third point isn't a promise, but it is a goal. I'll try to make this interesting, so keep reading.

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Is It Possible to Have an ERP Free Trial?

By Tim O'Brien on 8/8/18 10:00 AM

ERP software free trials

Visual South is often asked by potential customers if it’s possible to try the Infor ERP software. The answer to that question is yes; we’d be happy to arrange a test drive of the software for you. However, we do ask that you complete a few steps prior to the ERP trial to ensure our software would be a good fit for your functionality needs and budget.

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The Right & Wrong Ways to Run Your ERP System Demo Process

By Jack Shannon on 8/1/18 10:00 AM

Understand what you are evaluating

Before I go into the right and wrong ways to run your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system demo process, let’s establish what it is you should be evaluating during the entire selection process. Obviously, it’s ERP, but it’s not only ERP. You will also be entering into a long-term relationship with the company providing implementation and ongoing services. Your implementation provider is as important to the success of your ERP project as choosing the right software. That may sound like a bold statement, but think of it this way: Buying a plane doesn’t make you a pilot. Training, practice, and passing certification tests does. Buying ERP doesn’t implement it. Developing new procedures, training, practice, and successfully completing real-life scenarios does. Who assists you through all this? Your implementation provider. ERP is worthless if it’s not implemented properly, so don’t overlook the importance of your implementation provider.

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ERP Implementation Strategy: Advice From 30+ Years of Experience

By Jack Shannon on 7/25/18 10:00 AM

Attitude isn’t everything

I’m a fan of a “can-do” attitude. Having a positive attitude helps you overcome obstacles and get through anything life throws at you. If a new ERP implementation is something life will be throwing at your organization, a can-do attitude is the right attitude for the implementation team to have.

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ERP Implementation Timeline & Project Plan

By Nick Mendolia on 7/18/18 10:00 AM

There’s a method

Creating an ERP implementation timeline can be a difficult process. There is no standard template that will magically fit all projects, as every one is unique. No two businesses, even in the exact same industrial segment, are alike. Each has a different scope, team, and availability. However, what’s typically the same for just about all small to medium-sized ERP implementations are the core phases and tasks to get from purchasing your new solution, to going live with it, and beyond. This blog will discuss Visual South’s methodology for an ERP implementation project plan.

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ERP Selection Consultants: What Do They Do and Do We Need One?

By Bryan Foshee on 7/11/18 10:00 AM

What do they do?

Searching for and evaluating ERP software is difficult. Really difficult. There are so many different terms, products, markets, deployment models, and technologies, that it can be hard to narrow down your choices to a select few. I talk with people all the time who have undertaken this challenge, and clarity is a challenge. Occasionally, companies pay a selection consultant for help figuring out which solutions to learn more about.

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Manufacturing Production Process: How To Believe Your Data

By Jack Shannon on 7/4/18 10:00 AM

Does this describe you or your company?

It seems like managers involved in the manufacturing production process never have enough reports or data. It’s not uncommon for our consultants at Visual South to get requests that begin with, “It would be great if I could get a report that…” Truth be told, the requests usually make a lot of sense. So, we develop the report and our customers start using it.

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5 Characteristics of Successful ERP Implementations

By Nick Mendolia on 6/27/18 10:00 AM

How do you measure success?

Simply surviving an implementation and going live on your new solution is not enough. A true ERP implementation success means that all objectives originally defined in the scope of the project were met and exceeded.

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ERP vs. CRM

By Bryan Foshee on 6/20/18 10:00 AM

What is the difference between ERP and CRM?

There is no shortage of three-letter acronyms in the software industry. Sometimes it can be confusing to try to figure out what they mean, much less what the solutions do. Let’s take a closer look at both.

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ERP Change Management: How to Do It Right

By Jack Shannon on 6/13/18 10:00 AM

 

Change is easy (or hard)

Change. The word only has six letters, but invokes all sorts of emotions. Sometimes we crave it, sometimes we don’t. I remember when Windows 95 came out. It was a major event! People couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. The day it was released, the lines at the stores (remember getting software that way?) stretched for blocks. I bought it a few days later when the crowds died down and it brought about all sorts of change on my computer—I loved it.

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