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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    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.

    Topics: ERP research
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    Why Use ERP's Built-in Functionality?

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


    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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    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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    A Project Leader’s Role in an ERP Implementation

    By Jack Shannon on 9/5/18 10:00 AM

    ERP implementation takes a village, and the village needs a leader

    ERP implementations can – and have – failed. We have written many blogs about how to avoid that, how to build the right team, how to succeed, and even what to do post-implementation to stay successful. Here are some examples:

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    The Benefits of Documenting Your ERP System Procedures

    By Jack Shannon on 8/10/18 10:00 AM

    Floss your teeth, don't eat junk, document your procedures

    My guess is the headline above didn't tell you anything you don't already know. There is a difference though between knowing and doing. You don't need me going into detail of the benefits of flossing your teeth or eating right, so I'm going to focus on the benefits of documenting your ERP system procedures. I promise you two things: This won't be a finger wag if your procedures aren't documented. Also, I will reveal an easy way to document your procedures. The third point isn't a promise, but it is a goal. I'll try to make this interesting, so keep reading.

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