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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    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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    3 Quality Control Measures In Manufacturing

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/6/21 10:00 AM

    Working toward a quality product

    Manufacturing a quality product is at the top of the list for every manufacturer in order to obtain and keep customers. There are quality control measures that a lot of manufacturers use to control their quality, and a few of them are listed below:

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    How Do You Define ERP?

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/30/20 10:00 AM

     

    What is ERP?

    I have been in the ERP world for over 25 years—primarily in sales, but I’ve implemented ERP software for companies as well. My experience is largely in manufacturing environments, so that is the point of view from which I write this blog.

    Topics: ERP research
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    What to Expect During an Infor VISUAL Upgrade

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/23/20 10:00 AM

    Why upgrade?

    Your ERP is the systematic backbone of your company, and it is important to get the most value you can from your investment. New releases and versions of VISUAL contain enhanced functionality that can make your company run more efficiently. In addition, VISUAL upgrades allow you to take advantage of new versions of underlying technology, like Windows, server operating systems, and database platforms. Having a regular cadence of upgrading keeps you current and up-to-date with all the latest technology, and reduces your risk of falling behind to an unsupported version of your ERP. At Visual South, we have been performing upgrades for over 25 years, and have developed a successful process that our clients can rely on.

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    The Importance of ERP Data

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/2/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I work with companies that are in all stages of their ERP journey. Some companies are looking to purchase and implement their first ERP system; they are typically trying to understand what ERP can do, how to evaluate vendors, and dreaming of the “to be” state they are trying to attain. On the other end of the spectrum are companies that have been running ERP for 25 years and longer. These clients are always trying to improve what they have and make themselves a better company. Whether your company is at the same stage as the former, the latter, or is somewhere in between, there is one fundamental truth you need to keep in mind: an ERP system is only as good as the data that is put in it. Let’s get a little background on the types of data an ERP needs before we get in to the importance of the data itself.

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    The Best Features of VISUAL Time and Attendance

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/11/20 10:00 AM

    What is VISUAL Time and Attendance (VTA)?

    VTA is exactly what it sounds like: it is a time and attendance solution for your employees. A lot of VISUAL customers use the labor barcoding or new Shop Floor Mobile applications to track the time of employees doing direct work on jobs. VTA allows you to do the same, plus much, much more!

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    Shop Floor Scheduling in ERP Systems

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/21/20 10:00 AM

    Scheduling in your ERP is a great goal

    I have been in the ERP world for close to 25 years, both as a consultant and salesperson. I’ve seen companies buy ERP for many reasons, but usually the driving factor has something to do with being able to use the system to schedule their shop floor. This is a fantastic goal. Not because shop floor scheduling with ERP sounds cool, but because to do it, you have to be good. Really good. The reason being that if you are going to have an algorithm in the software help you make valid decisions; you have to give it valid input. And that valid input has to come from almost every functional area in your organization. Everyone has to be on board!

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