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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    Thinking About Hiring a Scheduler So You Can Use VISUAL ERP Scheduling?

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:10 AM

    Chances are good you don't need to hire someone

    I have a certain passion for helping companies manage their capacity by scheduling properly. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss a common thought process companies go through to finally get to the point of using VISUAL to schedule their shop floor: They need to hire a Scheduler. Put someone in charge and have them get the company to the promised land of scheduling properly. It sounds reasonable, but in my experience, it’s a misguided strategy. Let me explain why.

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    VISUAL ERP Scheduling Workshop

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:09 AM

    I used VISUAL ERP scheduling

    When I was a Plant Manager at a rotary die manufacturer in 1994, I bought VISUAL. The biggest problem I was trying to solve was scheduling the shop floor. We were in an industry that demanded 2-4 day lead times. Everything we did was custom; each work order had around 20 operations. It was rare for me to get a question about our ability to produce a die, because we had all the right type of fabricating equipment to produce a die. The real question was if we could produce it in the lead time the customer provided. In other words, did we have enough open capacity to do what the customer wanted us to do?

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    Visual South's 10 Most Popular ERP Articles From 2018

    By Jack Shannon on 1/2/19 10:00 AM

     

    Enough ERP articles to compose a novel

    We published a lot of blog posts over the last 18 months—85 posts and over 75,000 words, to be specific. (Just for context, the average novel is about 90,000 words, as long as it’s not Harry Potter.) We had a lot to say, and we tried to keep everything relevant and helpful. This is the bar we set for ourselves and I’m proud of the content we published last year.

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    Why Use ERP's Built-in Functionality?

    By Jack Shannon on 12/12/18 10:00 AM

    Riddle

    If you had to travel from New York City to San Francisco, what’s faster, a jet or a car?

    ♩♫ Jeopardy music ♫♩

    Right now you’re thinking, “The obvious answer is “jet”. But if that’s the right answer, this wouldn’t be a riddle.”

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    What Should Go in Your Weekly Manufacturing Production Report?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/28/18 10:00 AM

    It’s all about the data

    I’m a big believer in measuring what you want to improve. Measuring gives you data, and trends emerge from the data. The trends can be good or bad. Figure out what is causing the good trends, then 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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    Infor ERP: Everything You Need to Know

    By Jack Shannon on 10/31/18 4:24 PM


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    How to Get Great Manufacturing Analytics from Your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System

    By Jack Shannon on 10/10/18 10:00 AM

    Why have ERP without manufacturing analytics?

    If you use work orders to produce goods and aren’t getting manufacturing analytics out of your ERP system, you have an important resource that’s untapped. The good news is this can be fixed. The other good news is fixing it will lead to a smoother operating production floor with a more predictable output. There is no “easy” button, but there is a proven method you can follow to mine manufacturing analytics. Companies that use this method find managing production is easier, because they have data. They know what to fix, and just as importantly, what to leave alone. Data leads to focus, which leads to better results. It’s not magic, but it does work.

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    When to Use SyteLine SQL Tables for Custom Reports

    By Jack Shannon on 10/3/18 10:25 AM

    Oh, you’ll want a custom report

    In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think he got it mostly right. He should have said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the need for custom reports from your ERP system.” In Ben’s defense, computers and ERP systems weren’t invented yet, so he did the best he could...

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    Managing Capacity Because It's What You Sell

    By Jack Shannon on 9/26/18 10:00 AM

    What do you sell?

    In the job shop machine industry there is a funny answer to the question, “What do you make?” The response is, “Chips. We make metal chips. The faster we make them, the better we are doing.” (Metal chips are made with a metal cutting tool removing the material you don’t want. The tools are used on equipment like a lathe or a mill. Want to know how they work? Read this.)

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    Summer is Over, It's Back to School Time

    By Jack Shannon on 9/7/18 10:00 AM

    Seek knowledge, solve issues

    I hope everyone had a nice summer. Now that all the kids are back in school, maybe you should think about going “back to school” as well. Let me explain.

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