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Jack Shannon

Jack is the President of Visual South and has been working with ERP 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.

Recent Posts

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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Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Completeness of the Solution

By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 10:30 AM


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Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP software, you want a complete solution, not a partial solution.

A partial solution by definition is not going to handle all of your business needs. You'll have gaps and you'll need to fill those gaps with something. Chances are, you'd be filling those gaps with spreadsheets. That's probably the environment you have today. It's probably the environment you're trying to get away from now.

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Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Fit & Functionality

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


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Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP software, it's important that that software fits your company and has the functionality you need.

I know I stated the obvious, but sometimes you get so wrapped up in looking at what vendors have, you forget to evaluate them on what you need. So, let's talk about what Infor ERP has.

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Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – The User Experience

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

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Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP, I know that user experience is going to be important to you.

The user experience can be explained this way. How easy is it to use the software? I know this is an important issue not because of a survey that I read. I've been working with ERP and ERP users for over 30 years. It's reasonable that you want to have a better experience with your new ERP as compared to the experience you're having today. We understand this, Infor understands this, and this is what they've done:

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your ERP?

By Jack Shannon on 9/28/20 2:18 PM

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Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. Are you getting the most out of your ERP? More importantly, how do you know if you're getting the most out of your ERP?

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ERP vs. MRP: Which System is Right in a Manufacturing Environment?

By Jack Shannon on 7/1/20 10:00 AM

It’s really no contest

If you are looking for software to manage your small to medium-sized discrete manufacturing business and don’t know if you need MRP (material requirements planning) or ERP (enterprise resource planning), let me make this easy for you. You should look for an ERP system. Read on to learn why.

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You Won't Fix Your Manufacturing Production Schedule with a Stand-Alone Tool

By Jack Shannon on 5/19/20 10:00 AM

A scheduling pressure cooker

I used to be a plant manager, an operations manager, and a supervisor. I understand the importance of on-time delivery. If a company I worked for wasn’t tracking it, I started to. Anyone who reported to me also knew the importance of on-time delivery.

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What is the #1 Manufacturing ERP? (Hint, there is no #1)

By Jack Shannon on 5/6/20 10:00 AM

“Software first” is the wrong strategy

If you search the term “manufacturing erp,” the results show many articles that tout the best, or the top [insert number here] manufacturing ERP packages. I understand that this is advertising and there is only so much space to proclaim, “Look at us!” However, I see this “software first” mentality live through the sales cycle and even drive manufacturing ERP selection decisions. A software’s functionality should not be the first criteria when selecting a manufacturing solution. At best, it’s the second criteria. (In fact, I will make a case it’s actually tied for second.) I’ve spent over 35 years using, implementing, or selling manufacturing ERP, so I’ve learned a few things along the way. Read on and I’ll share them with you.

Topics: ERP research
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Visual South COVID-19 Update

By Jack Shannon on 3/30/20 8:33 PM

We are adapting

We are living in a time that is unprecedented in my lifetime, and probably yours. So, let me start with a statement that for me is obvious, but comforting: We are all in this together.

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Work Order Management Process from Creation to Closing

By Jack Shannon on 3/11/20 10:00 AM

No works orders, no production

For a discrete manufacturer, work orders are the lifeblood of production. The work order authorizes the development of a product—it provides the production team with a method to create the product to meet the specifications for the demand it is fulfilling.

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