Bryan Foshee

    Bryan is a Regional Manager at Visual South and has been working with the company since 2002. Prior to that, he was a consultant and implemented SAP in manufacturing, distribution, and service industries.

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    ERP for Mid-Sized Businesses: The Selection Criteria

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/21/22 10:15 AM

    A big decision

    If your company is evaluating ERP solutions, you already know that choosing the right system is a big decision. The evaluation process is not straightforward, or something that companies do on a regular basis. Selecting a new ERP is typically a “once in a (business) lifetime” decision, because if you land on the right solution, your company will extract value from it for decades.

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    How To Select the Right ERP System

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/9/22 10:00 AM

    A big decision that you want to get right

    If your company is thinking about getting or actively evaluating new ERP software, then you’re probably in a quandary about how to balance priorities and needs. Selecting the right ERP system for your company means finding one that’s not the most basic, not the most complex, not the cheapest, not the most expensive…. you get the picture. It can be tough to determine which one is a perfect fit. And to complicate matters, an ERP solution is typically a generational decision. Ideally, your company will use it for decades to come, so choosing the best ERP means being able to extract benefits from it now and way down the road.

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    What Does An ERP Implementation Project Manager Do?

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/2/22 2:45 PM

    ERP implementations need a project leader

    For any project to be successful, it requires a leader, and an ERP implementation is no different.  Projects involve people who take on roles, responsibilities, tasks, and decisions. They are a true team, and everyone’s actions (or inactions) affect the team and project. The ERP Project Manager (or ERP Implementation Manager) is the leader of this team, and is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the implementation.

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    What Companies Use SAP’s ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/28/22 10:00 AM

    What is SAP?

    SAP is a technology company that has been around a long time and offers what is often regarded as the top ERP software in the world. SAP ERP is built primarily for large companies in a variety of industries. Companies that are household names (e.g. BP, Coca-Cola, BASF, Audi, Burger King, and Citrix) very likely use SAP’s ERP software somewhere in their operations.

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    Manufacturing Process Planning: The Complete Overview

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/7/22 10:00 AM

    An ERP supports manufacturing process

    Manufacturing ERP solutions and manufacturing processes go hand-in-hand. Your manufacturing process is typically defined by how you make what you make: the materials needed, the operations required, and the sequence of those steps. An ERP digitally supports any given manufacturing process by giving users a tool to help them execute, track, and analyze results of that process. When the tool used to support manufacturing process planning changes (like replacing Excel sheets with a new ERP), the processes typically change, too.

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    How to Select a Mixed Mode Manufacturing ERP

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/17/22 10:00 AM

    What is mixed mode manufacturing?

    A mixed mode manufacturer is a company that does not have a single manufacturing process. It is typically a combination of one or more of the following modes of manufacturing:

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    ERP Software for SMBs: A Guide

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/30/22 10:00 AM

    One size does not fit all

    If you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB), then you know you have unique needs when compared to a large company. This is especially true when it comes to evaluating ERP solutions for SMBs.

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    Should a Shop Floor Manager Care About Industry 4.0?

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/8/22 10:00 AM

    A buzzword that’s important for business

    If you are like me when you first heard the term Industry 4.0, you probably said “I didn’t know we had an Industry 1, 2, and 3.0!” The technology world loves its buzzwords, but I don’t mean to be dismissive of it because Industry 4.0 is something that we at Visual South are involved in every day. Let’s start by explaining Industry 4.0 and then talk about what it means to a manufacturing company.

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    How to Measure and Improve Your Manufacturing Process Control

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/18/22 10:00 AM

    Choose the right tools

    At Visual South, we have decades of experience implementing ERP software. I personally have been with Visual South for 20 years, and spend a lot of time working with manufacturing companies. Some of our customers are looking to get the most out of their Infor ERP, while others don’t have a solution and need help evaluating which ERP platform is the best fit for their company. Regardless of where they’re at in their ERP journey, I have found that just about all of these companies are working to have better manufacturing process control. How they do that is highly dependent on the tools they use to manage their business.

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    Implementing ERP: Our 25 Best Tips

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/27/22 8:55 AM

    Lessons Learned

    An ERP implementation is a big undertaking for any size of company. Visual South has been implementing ERP in manufacturing companies for close to 30 years, so we know how much of an effort it requires. Over that period of time, we have learned a lot of lessons, and developed a methodical process that puts our customers in position to succeed with their implementations. We have an exhaustive list of blogs on the topic of implementing ERP, but I have summarized our top 25 tips for success (in no particular order) below:

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