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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    20 Best ERP Implementation Resources

    By Bryan Foshee on 7/22/20 10:00 AM

    Everything you need in one place

    Over the last few years, we have created a ton of content about ERP implementations. This blog brings our most popular articles together for you in one place! In no particular order, here are our 20 best resources.

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    Is an End of Life Planned for Sage 500?

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/17/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I speak with many companies and a number of those conversations revolve around ERP software evaluations. Recently, I’ve had quite a few conversations with companies who are running Sage 500, or MAS 500. 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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    The Main Benefit of ERP: Grow Without Adding Admin Overhead

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/29/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I work with all sorts of companies and many of them already use an ERP, but many more do not and are evaluating solutions. You may think a lot of my conversations revolve around the software itself, explaining its functionality, the technology, how it’s licensed, etc. While I do have many detailed conversations about those things, most of my discussions center on what challenges businesses are having and how an ERP might benefit them. There are all sorts of reasons to implement and use an ERP, which vary from company to company. But one of the main benefits of ERP that is close to being universal for all companies is being able to control overhead costs.

    Topics: ERP research
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    Comparing Infor vs. SAP Ahead of SAP's 2025 Product Migration

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/15/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I want to give a little background before we jump into the meat and potatoes here. I have been selling Infor ERP products since 2002 and spent 5 years as an SAP consultant prior to that. I’ve helped implement SAP from beginning to end in many companies, ranging from service providers and distributors, all the way to manufacturing companies. I’ve worked in small, midsize, and Fortune 100 companies in my different roles as a consultant, trainer, and project manager. I think my perspective can be helpful to someone currently running SAP who is faced with the forced transition to HANA by 2025.

    Topics: ERP research
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    Digitally Transform Your Processes with VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/1/20 10:00 AM

    What is it?

    VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile (SFM) is a solution that provides mobile functionality in the areas of Labor, Attendance, Materials, and Scheduling from a web application that allows you to deploy it on mobile devices such as scanners, tablets, and mobile phones. It takes the existing VISUAL functionality in these areas, and gives them a technology overhaul which provides a variety of benefits.  Better yet, there is a licensing option that gets you UNLIMITED licenses. These exciting new developments allow you to become more efficient by putting the solution in the hands of more users. The technology uplift allows more cost-effective hardware options, and provides a streamlined, modernized user experience.

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    A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 3/25/20 10:00 AM

    What is a KPI?

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

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    What Workflows & Processes are Supported in Manufacturing ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/26/20 10:00 AM

    A little background first…

    ERP software is a tool that supports business processes and workflows. Some ERP software systems are generic while others are designed for particular industries. Visual South focuses on the manufacturing industry and our ERP solutions are designed for manufacturing companies—more specifically, order-driven manufacturers. Our customers are typically make-to-order, configure-to-order, engineer-to-order, make-to-stock, or a combination of all of the above. So, the ERP processes and workflows I cover in this article are primarily targeted toward manufacturing companies and their software.

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

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/29/20 10:00 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 quite a few 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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    Inventory Management for Manufacturing Companies: Assess Your Process

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/18/19 10:00 AM

    Inventory management is critical

    I visit companies all the time that are looking for an ERP software solution. In almost all cases, these companies mention that they need to manage inventory better. Solid inventory management for manufacturing companies is a result of solid processes, but solid processes are difficult to execute if you do not have a tool like ERP software (Cloud Suite Industrial or VISUAL) to support them. Below, I list some of the inventory management issues I hear about all the time and how ERP can address these issues, which will hopefully help you determine if your current solution measures up.

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    3 Questions to Ask During an ERP Evaluation

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/6/19 10:00 AM

    Before we get to the three questions…

    This blog is written assuming that you are following some sort of methodology for managing your ERP evaluations. The following questions are geared toward helping you decide which vendor to work with, not the mechanics of the evaluation itself.  If you don’t have a methodology, my suggestion would be to first download our ebook to get some fantastic advice on how to carry out your ERP evaluations. You can download it here.

    Topics: ERP selection
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