Jack Shannon

    Jack is the President of Visual South and has been working with the product since 1996 when he bought it in his role as a Plant Manager. Since 1998 he has worked for Visual South with roles in consulting, sales and executive management.

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    Cloud ERP Investment: Why Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers Can’t Calculate an Accurate ROI

    By Jack Shannon on 5/4/22 10:00 AM

    Emotion and data

    I like a sense of order. If a picture is crooked, I straighten it. If there is a mess in the kitchen, I clean it up. I’m not obsessive about it, but it is part of my nature.

    I also like data. Not data for data’s sake. Rather, data that brings clarity to a problem or situation, which brings me right back to my desire for a sense of order. Data helps me understand if a problem is fixed, or situation is under control. The data feeds my need for a sense of order.

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    Manufacturing Variance Analysis: How & Why to Run One

    By Jack Shannon on 3/30/22 4:18 PM

    A simple concept

    Measure what you want to improve. Six simple words, but put together they convey a powerful concept that can transform manufacturing companies. (Point of reference: Visual South works with small to medium-sized manufactures that use work orders.) It’s a basic concept that’s hard to argue with: Collect data, see where the data leads you, and make changes that have a positive impact on the data. Repeat often.

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    How to Implement an ERP System Step-by-Step

    By Jack Shannon on 3/30/22 4:18 PM

    Searching for ERP

    In my years of working with companies looking for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, there is usually a lot of emphasis placed on buying the right system along with declarations on how the new system is going to help run the business better. Other companies have achieved this, your company can also.

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    Standard Cost vs. Actual Cost in a Work-Order-Driven Manufacturing Company

    By Jack Shannon on 2/28/22 12:37 PM

     

    The difference between standard and actual cost

    Before I get into the best costing methodology for a work-order-driven manufacturing company, let me define both methods. With standard cost versus actual cost, the discussion centers around how the ERP system values an inventory or labor transaction. Here is how the different costing methods calculate the value of the transactions.

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    How to Measure the On-Time Delivery KPI

    By Jack Shannon on 2/28/22 12:31 PM

     

    Measure what you want to improve

    There are many opinions as to what key performance indicators (KPIs) should be monitored at a small to medium-sized manufacturing company, but the on-time delivery (OTD) KPI is on everyone’s list. It doesn’t matter if the company is build-to-stock, a job shop, or something in-between; there are many steps in coordinating the production of a product and OTD is a nice summation of manufacturing performance.

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    Infor vs. SAP: Why Visual South Chose Infor

    By Jack Shannon on 2/16/22 2:18 PM

    Infor vs. SAP

    SAP is arguably the most recognized name in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and it is ranked number one in ERP revenue. Its ERP product is designed to serve the Tier 1 market. The best way to define the Tier 1 market is to think in terms of a Fortune 1000 company. The revenue of a company that makes this list is defined in billions, not millions. In 2020, the company that ranked last on the list was Liberty Oilfield Services, with revenue of $1.99 billion.

    Infor is arguably the least recognized name in ERP software. At one point its marketing campaign used the tagline, “The largest ERP company you never heard of.” Large it is—its annual revenue is $3 billion making it the third largest ERP company in the world. It serves customers in the Tier 1, 2, and 3 markets.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    CSI Implementation – Infor Changed the Game

    By Jack Shannon on 1/26/22 10:00 AM

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    What Should Go in Your Weekly Manufacturing Production Report?

    By Jack Shannon on 1/5/22 9:56 AM

    It’s all about the data

    I’m a big believer in measuring what you want to improve. Measuring gives you data and you’ll see trends (good or bad) emerge. Figure out what is causing the good trends and keep doing that. Maybe you can even find ways to make the good trends better. Figure out what is causing the bad trends and find ways to stop doing that; or at least, minimize it.

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    ERP Implementation Roles & Responsibilities: How to Build Your Team

    By Jack Shannon on 9/30/21 10:00 AM

     

    Teamwork

    Implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be a humbling challenge for any company. Four critical factors will determine the success of your new ERP implementation:

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    Infor ERP Software: Everything You Need to Know

    By Jack Shannon on 9/23/21 10:49 AM


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