Tim O'Brien

    Tim has over 20 years of successful experience helping companies improve their processes and operations using enterprise software solutions. Those enterprise solutions include Enterprise Resource Planning for manufacturers, Service Management for service oriented companies, and Enterprise Asset Management in the process manufacturing industry.

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    Getting the Most Out of Your Manufacturing Capacity

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/16/20 10:00 AM

    Maximizing capacity

    For many reasons, you get a direct return on investment when maximizing your current manufacturing capacity. Capacity planning and production scheduling are prime areas where we help our manufacturing customers. Improving the use of available capacity often transcends ERP software, as having the proper infrastructure in place ensures proper measurements can be taken, and accurate data collected—and that there is a mechanism to balance manufacturing throughput in its truest form.

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    The Infor ERP ION API – Why It Helps

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/18/20 10:00 AM

    Having interoperability is critical and Infor APIs allow for this

    Infor is somewhat different than other ERP providers in that it tries to provide as complete a solution as possible with Infor supported, developed, and enhanced applications. Other ERP systems often rely on third-party applications using point interfaces or APIs. An API, short for application programming interface, basically allows for different software applications to work together by virtue of pushing and receiving data between each other. The ability to leverage APIs is important because it provides the ability to use other, third-party systems to exchange data and communicate with the host ERP system in order to build out business functionality.

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    How Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Improves Service Management Profitability

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/28/20 10:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline ERP addresses all your service-related needs

    When manufacturers look for areas to grow their revenue and find high-margin opportunities, many focus on the service component of their operation. Our team at Visual South has talked to many companies with ongoing initiatives to improve both after-market sales for replacement parts and service agreements with customers. This is especially prevalent in the engineer-to-order space and capital equipment.

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    What Does the Infor OS Do?

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/23/20 10:00 AM

    Infor OS overview

    The Infor Operating Service (or Infor OS) is a cloud innovation platform of Infor-built applications that significantly enhance CloudSuite ERP, and is included with the CloudSuite ERP subscription. Infor OS is composed of many applications that allow CloudSuite customers to maximize the use of their purpose-built ERP.

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    Two Important U.S. Manufacturing Trends for 2020 & Beyond

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/26/20 10:00 AM

    Important statistics and trends for manufacturers

    For this article, my focus is on where many small and emerging manufacturers are truly trending based on my experience in the industry. Specifically, on how these small manufacturers are doing in the framework of Industry 4.0 or the fourth Industrial Revolution. Some manufacturers are moving to adopt components of Industry 4.0, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, mobile devices, data collection and analysis, and digitalization. Others are not.

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    Addressing Enterprise-Level Needs with Infor CloudSuite Industrial

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/5/20 10:00 AM

    Customer success with Infor CloudSuite Industrial

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) ERP is specifically designed for manufacturers. The greatest benefit, as well as differentiator of the system, is that it can address almost all business needs. Providing a complete, integrated, and single-sourced application is an important—and rare—asset to have as an ERP provider.

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    Manufacturing Metrics: How to Measure Profitability

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/29/20 10:00 AM

     

    Measuring performance in a manufacturing environment is critical

    How manufacturers measure their performance varies from company to company. We often see companies using manufacturing metrics or KPIs that are not necessarily what they need, but rather what they know can be measured (and trusted). That is a big difference. When the critical determinants for collecting data are largely based on technical infrastructure, discipline, and existing processes, that data might not be exactly what you’re looking for.

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    ERP for Small Manufacturers: Top Considerations

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/15/20 10:00 AM

    How should small manufacturers address their ERP needs?

    Small manufacturing companies are often caught in the conundrum of aligning business needs with sometimes arbitrary budgets. Over the past 20 years, I have worked with many small manufacturers looking for ERP solutions, and it is always an interesting balance between the functionality they want, what they can actually utilize, and what they are willing to invest financially.

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    How to Use Machine Data to Drive Profitability in Infor VISUAL

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/20/20 10:00 AM

    What is machine data and why does it matter?

    Machine data is feedback that comes directly from the operational resource on the production floor. It is true, real-time data of run rates and cycle times that can provide exceptionally valuable information for companies where managing capacity is critical and actual costs need to be accurate.

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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/23/20 10:00 AM

    What is Infor SyteLine enterprise resource planning (ERP) software?

    Infor SyteLine (recently rebranded as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI) ERP software is Infor’s ERP offering for small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors. For more than 30 years, SyteLine has been used by manufacturing-centric companies for managing their business activities. SyteLine scales from as small as a 15-user single site up to hundreds of users across multiple sites, divisions, and multiple companies.

    Topics: ERP selection
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