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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    A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/5/18 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.

    Topics: erp
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    What We Look For in a Consultant at Visual South

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/21/18 10:00 AM

    Experience in manufacturing

    Visual South’s number one criterion in hiring consultants is experience in manufacturing. Almost all of our customers are responsible for making or repairing something, and the entire business usually revolves around work orders. With this being the case, our consultants have to understand manufacturing.  Typically, they held a leadership position in a manufacturing company, such as controller, CFO, plant manager, CIO, COO, or other similar titles.

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    What is the ERP Implementation Project Manager Responsible For?

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

    ERP implementations need a 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 is the leader of this team, and is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the implementation.

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    3 Types of SyteLine Training You May Need

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/17/18 10:00 AM

    The benefits of training

    CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) is a sophisticated, robust ERP solution with a full complement of functionality that provides solutions to enterprises of all sizes. ERP software depends on processes, and tools to support those processes, along with people who understand how to do their jobs. Think of the software as an airplane—even the newest, best model still needs a pilot, so training is key. A plane is no good if the person commanding it does not know how to fly it.

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    How to Determine If Your Manufacturing ERP Software is Failing You

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/22/18 10:00 AM

     

    Could your ERP (and you) be performing better?

    Companies put a lot of time, effort, and money into evaluating, purchasing, implementing, and maintaining ERP systems. They are worth the effort, but if managed incorrectly, you can slip backward and revert to being the company you set out to correct when you initially purchased your ERP.

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    Post ERP Implementation: How to Keep It Running Well

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/15/18 10:00 AM

    Change the way you think

    A lot of focus is put on how to evaluate, select, and implement ERP.  But once the implementation is over, how do you keep things running as smoothly as possible?

    An ERP implementation is a high risk, potentially disruptive project that takes up time and resources for a typical manufacturing company. It can be difficult for employees because many are asked to take on additional ERP project responsibilities, along with the current roles they fill to run the business on a day-to-day basis. A mentality develops that as soon as you go live on the new system, the project is OVER and everything can go back to normal. In fact, the opposite is true—the project is just BEGINNING.

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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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    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.

    Topics: CRM erp
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    Biggest Benefits of CPQ Software

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/14/18 10:00 AM

    Can a configure price quote software solution help me?

    If you aren’t sure about what configure price quote (CPQ) software is, or you want to improve your baseline understanding, you can check out my other blog, “What is CPQ?”. If you are specifically looking for Infor CPQ software, you can read a review here.

    There are a lot of benefits provided by CPQ software, but probably the biggest one is the ability to make it easier for non-engineers to correctly configure a complex solution. As simple as it may sound, a lot of companies struggle with the issue of salespeople, customers, resellers, and others designing a solution (a part or material) that engineering cannot create, and one that manufacturing departments cannot manufacture. When there’s no CPQ solution in place, it creates very long lead times, and complex back-and-forth discussions due to the difficulty in managing all of the emails, drawings, and conversations that have to take place before actual manufacturing can occur. 

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    Infor CPQ Software - What You Need to Know

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/7/18 10:00 AM

    What functionality does CPQ have?

    Before we jump into specific functionality, get up to speed on what CPQ software is by reading my blog on the subject.

    Infor CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) is a solution that has five distinct modules:

    • Infor Product Configurator
    • Infor Customer Portal
    • Infor 2D Design Automation
    • Infor 3D Design Automation
    • Infor Document Automation

    You can learn more about each module below.

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