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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    Why Top 10 ERP Lists Are Worthless

    By Jack Shannon on 3/17/21 10:00 AM

    The ERP search begins

    When a company decides to start an ERP search, the people involved can articulate why they are looking for ERP because it’s their reality. But finding the right solution is more difficult because looking for a new ERP system isn’t something they do every day. In many cases, people involved in the search have never looked for a new ERP system. In other words, it’s a lot easier to identify why you need an ERP rather than what ERP you need.

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    Top 6 Evaluation Criteria for ERP Product Selection

    By Jack Shannon on 2/24/21 10:00 AM

    Jumpstart you ERP evaluation

    Looking for ERP can appear to be a daunting task. This is not surprising because chances are it is not something you do every day. Plus, there are plenty of stories of failed ERP implementations going around. Unfortunately, failure is an option. The risk is real.

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    Why Evaluating ERP Implementation Consultants is as Important as Evaluating ERP Software

    By Jack Shannon on 12/9/20 2:00 PM

    This isn’t just about functionality

    If you are in the market for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, don’t just focus on the software’s functionality. Limiting your search criteria to just the ERP is like shopping for a new house and not factoring in the location. Not paying attention to, or discounting the importance of other critical factors can narrow your choices, but increase your chance of being unhappy with what you ultimately choose – whether that’s a nice house in a bad location or new ERP that isn’t working for your company. The good news is this can be avoided. In the case of ERP, it comes down to closely evaluating the ERP implementation consultants you’ll be working with just as much as evaluating the ERP itself.

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    3 Benefits of Infor VISUAL ERP for Manufacturing

    By Jack Shannon on 12/9/20 12:00 PM

    There aren’t only 3…

    Listing all the benefits of VISUAL ERP would be a book, not a blog post. But you didn’t come here to read a book, so I’ve chosen what I think are the most significant benefits that manufacturing companies will get out of using VISUAL ERP.

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    Are You Considering Going Through an ERP Reimplementation?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/25/20 10:00 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. Are you thinking you're not getting as much out of your ERP as you should be? Perhaps you've even thought about reimplementing. Well, let's talk about that.

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    6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 11/5/20 10:00 AM

    It ain’t easy

    Managing a shop floor is no easy task. Your employees make mistakes, equipment breaks, rush orders slip in, jobs ship late, and days are long. On top of that, there is the constant demand to reduce costs and increase quality. It’s a real pressure cooker.

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    Infor VISUAL ERP: Bring Order to Your Orders

    By Jack Shannon on 10/25/20 1:07 PM

    An Exhaustive Look at VISUAL ERP's Functionality

    Note: This blog was updated in 10/2020 to reflect some major changes in version 9.x.x. See the end of the blog for updates.

    Why would any manufacturing company want VISUAL ERP?

    Actually, that’s an easy question to answer. There are three reasons:

    1. Value: You will not find an ERP product with more depth and breadth of functionality at the same price point.
    2. Ease of use: VISUAL is built by software developers, but the interface was developed by designers to focus on ease of use. The screens are simple and intuitive, yet answers to your next question are in a secondary (child) window or are a simple click away.
    3. Focus: VISUAL is designed for small-to-medium sized manufacturers who create work orders to make or repair items. If this doesn’t describe your company, Infor VISUAL will not be a fit for your manufacturing company. If this does describe your company, keep reading—VISUAL may be exactly what you're looking for. 
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    Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Built-In Reporting & Analytics

    By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 11:15 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP software, you're probably wondering how are you going to get the data that you need out of that ERP software.

    Infor understands this. So, this is what Infor has to offer:

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    Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Integration Capabilities

    By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 11:00 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP, you might be wondering how you're going to integrate your other programs into that ERP.

    The good news is Infor ERP will communicate with other applications. There is no bad news. I'll get into a little more detail in just a moment, but first let's talk about if you even need to communicate with other applications. Infor ERP provides a complete, fully integrated software solution. Many times, this complete solution eliminates the need for the band-aid solutions that have been created over the years because the ERP provides the functionality needed. So, keep that in mind.

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    Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Affordability

    By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 10:45 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP, there's a lot to choose from, but is it affordable?

    Affordability is a subjective topic without any defined boundaries; but it's an important topic. You don't want to waste your time looking for software you can't afford, but how do you know that you can't afford it if you haven't figured out what you can afford?

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