Nick Mendolia

    Nick is the VP of Professional Services at Visual South and has been in the Manufacturing industry for over 30 years. He has been involved in many ERP implementations as both a customer and as a consultant. Nick has been with Visual South since 2003.

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    How to Use Infor ERP Correctly in Advanced Planning and Scheduling

    By Nick Mendolia on 12/26/18 10:00 AM

     

    Planning for success

    Material planning and scheduling are perhaps the two most difficult processes for any manufacturing company to perfect. While the processes generally live in two different departments, the success of one is highly dependent on the success of the other. In this article, we will discuss Visual South’s methodology for implementation of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) functionality in manufacturing. I will use Infor CloudSuite Industrial as the ERP software of reference.

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    Top 10 Things I Wish My ERP Implementation Partner Told Me About

    By Nick Mendolia on 10/24/18 10:00 AM

    If only I had known…

    ...the “Top 10 Things I Wish My ERP Implementation Partner Told Me About.” This was the title of a session at a recent ERP user conference I attended. Naturally, as an ERP implementation vendor, I wanted to sit in and gain some perspective from a large group of customers.

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    How to Make Manufacturing Data Matter

    By Nick Mendolia on 9/19/18 10:00 AM

    Data collection

    It seems that “manufacturing data analytics” is the popular buzz term in every facility these days. Management concludes they must collect and analyze as much data as possible to identify trends and opportunities within the manufacturing process. Every sample of data should somehow equate to an ability to gain a competitive advantage. And yet the most common result is analysis paralysis.

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    ERP Implementation Timeline & Project Plan

    By Nick Mendolia on 7/18/18 10:00 AM

    There’s a method

    Creating an ERP implementation timeline can be a difficult process. There is no standard template that will magically fit all projects, as every one is unique. No two businesses, even in the exact same industrial segment, are alike. Each has a different scope, team, and availability. However, what’s typically the same for just about all small to medium-sized ERP implementations are the core phases and tasks to get from purchasing your new solution, to going live with it, and beyond. This blog will discuss Visual South’s methodology for an ERP implementation project plan.

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    5 Characteristics of Successful ERP Implementations

    By Nick Mendolia on 6/27/18 10:00 AM

    How do you measure success?

    Simply surviving an implementation and going live on your new solution is not enough. A true ERP implementation success means that all objectives originally defined in the scope of the project were met and exceeded.

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    5 Characteristics of ERP Implementation Failures

    By Nick Mendolia on 5/16/18 10:00 AM

    ERP implementation challenges

    Clear signs of risk and unavoidable challenges can usually be identified from the start of every ERP implementation. Similarly, challenges that are completely unanticipated almost always arise throughout the implementation. Every issue, big or small, should be identified as a risk to the project that might lead to failure.

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    Common Structures of an ERP Team

    By Nick Mendolia on 3/14/18 10:00 AM

    A variety of personalities make a good team

    In a previous article you can find here, I discussed ERP Roles & Responsibilities, and how to build your team. In this article, we will get into the kinds of people that form an ERP team. Rather than re-explaining the different titles and responsibilities, let’s talk about the personalities and types of members you’re likely to have in a “common” structure.

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    The 5 Keys to ERP Training Post-Implementation (Whether In-House or Not)

    By Nick Mendolia on 2/21/18 10:00 AM

    ERP training does not end after implementation

    During implementation, ERP training primarily focuses on how the company will utilize the software to perform its daily functions, as well as processes necessary to replace the current system. Key users and team members work with their implementation partner to develop a plan and define the training requirements for the new ERP solution.

    Post-implementation ERP training is just as important as the initial training to achieve continued success. Every company needs an ever-evolving plan for continuous improvement. Ongoing ERP training should be a significant part of that plan!

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    ERP Implementation Roles & Responsibilities: How to Build Your Team

    By Nick Mendolia on 1/17/18 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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    5 Steps to Include in Your Business Process Review (BPR)

    By Nick Mendolia on 12/20/17 10:00 AM

    Everyone needs a plan

    Every organization should have an ongoing plan for continuous improvement. In a competitive environment, any chance to improve upon a process can provide the edge a company needs to survive—and ultimately thrive.  A good Business Process Review template is a valuable first step in that plan.

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