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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    Infor VISUAL 10: What’s New?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/8/21 10:30 AM

    The latest and greatest for VISUAL

    Infor VISUAL 10 was released in December 2020, and quite a few features were added. There are many resources that go into great detail about the new functionality, including release notes, but here are the highlights we think are most important to know. If you want more details, go to the Visual South VISUAL upgrade page here.

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    Are Infor SyteLine and CloudSuite Industrial the Same Product?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/1/21 10:00 AM

    What’s in a name?

    Infor SyteLine has been around for over 30 years and has operated under a few different names and brands during that time. The product has been called Symix, Frontstep, and SyteLine. Most recently, Infor rebranded to CloudSuite Industrial, but the SyteLine name really never went away, so you will hear these terms used interchangeably among people who work with the product.

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    4 Factors That Affect Your Production Costs

    By Bryan Foshee on 7/28/21 10:00 AM

    What are the ingredients in your cost of production?

    For manufacturing companies, it’s critical to understand your production costs. If you know your costs, you’ll have better control over your profitability and make better business decisions. I’ve had conversations where companies thought certain customer orders were critical to their business, but after understanding their costs better, they decided to turn those orders away because they were NOT profitable.

    To help you determine what your cost of production actually is (versus what you think it is), here are the four primary factors to consider:

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    The Most Common ERP System Integrations

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/9/21 10:00 AM

    What is an ERP system integration?

    The way I define ERP system integration is it’s the process of making the ERP software “work” with related applications or solutions in an automated fashion. Integrating ERP with related applications is typically done after you are live on your ERP, unless the integration is mission critical to the success of the initial implementation.

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    A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/19/21 10:00 AM

    What is a KPI?

    A KPI (key performance indicator) is a measurement of value that manufacturing companies typically use and track to determine how they are performing in a particular area of operations. KPIs are ideally presented in dashboard format, giving the user the ability to quickly answer the questions of “How are we are doing?” and “What is causing performance issues”? Think of KPIs as a company or department’s scoreboard for how the team is playing in the game.

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    Is an End of Life Planned for Sage 500?

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/6/21 7:30 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I speak with lots of companies and many of those conversations revolve around ERP software evaluations. Recently, I’ve had quite a few conversations with companies that are running Sage 500, or any of the other Sage products. They ask me whether the rumors about a Sage 500 end of life are true and if so, what the future holds for their ERP system. To be clear, I represent Infor ERP and that is where my expertise lies. I am not an expert in any competitive solutions, but my views are shaped by what I hear from the people I talk with. In this article, I’ll give a quick rundown of what I think you should expect with your Sage 500 ERP.

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    Should You Look for an Alternative to SAP Before Moving to S/4HANA?

    By Bryan Foshee on 3/10/21 11:28 AM

    A little background first…

    I want to start by telling you a little bit about my background because I believe it will give some context to this blog. I proudly represent Infor ERP products and have been at Visual South since 2002. Five years prior to coming on board here, I was an SAP consultant. My specialty was the sales/distribution module, along with the variant configurator. I was part of many full implementations in a variety of industries, taught training classes, and helped with presales efforts. My first implementation was on R/3 version 3.1G and my last was on version 4.6.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    Don't Do ERP Customization, Do ERP Configuration Instead

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/17/21 10:00 AM

    A little background first

    I have been in the ERP industry for close to 25 years, both as an implementation consultant and a salesperson. For my customers who have been using ERP for decades, as well as those looking for their first ERP, one of the most common discussion points is customization versus configuration. Let’s take a look at each approach, and I will tell you why we recommend one over the other.

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    What Is ERP Consulting?

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/27/21 10:00 AM

    A little background first

    I have been in the ERP business since 1997. While I’ve been in a sales role since 2002, my first five years in the industry were spent as an ERP consultant. This hands-on experience has given me a unique perspective on what makes for good versus bad consulting. At Visual South, we believe consultants are as important as the ERP software you choose. If you are actively evaluating ERP solutions and are interested in learning why evaluating consultants is as important as evaluating software, you can read all about it in this blog. If you are interested in getting foundational knowledge on the basics of ERP consulting, then read on.

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    Electronic Payment Systems & ERP: How to Get Set Up the Right Way

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/13/21 10:00 AM

    How are electronic payments used?

    Electronic payment systems are just what they sound like: a way to send or receive funds online. Depending on your business, you can execute financial transactions electronically through a variety of ways:

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