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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    Why You Need Manufacturing ERP Software

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/18/20 10:00 AM

    Manufacturers need specific software to support their operation

    There are many software systems available to help companies execute various functions. For example, our team at Visual South works with many businesses that use QuickBooks and Excel to handle day-to-day operations. However, we often find that these companies—along with similar businesses running legacy systems—are looking for a better way to manage all their processes, especially if they have some form of manufacturing or production requirements.

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    The Hidden Costs in ERP Implementation

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/12/20 10:00 AM

    Overlooked costs when implementing ERP systems

    The Visual South team has over 25 years of experience with implementing ERP applications. We have basically seen it all when it comes to ERP implementations and come to recognize the characteristics of successful implementations, as well as the warning signs when an implementation is at risk. The good news is that the typical implementation goes as planned and is successful. But a common challenge that can derail the implementation process is a failure to identify hidden costs. Companies must have a plan to manage those hidden costs.

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    How To Get The Most Out of Your ERP Costing Module

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/22/20 10:00 AM

    Benefits of having accurate job costing

    Given that many of Visual South’s customers and prospects are “to order” manufacturers, one of the prime operational areas they are typically looking to improve when we speak with them is costing. Additionally, many companies we work with are engineer-to-order, configure-to-order, and project-oriented manufacturers, so job costing is critical.

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    ERP Budgeting 101

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/11/19 10:00 AM

    Budgeting for an ERP purchase

    Budgeting for an ERP purchase can be a significant challenge. There are many cost factors to consider when replacing your current system and choosing an arbitrary dollar amount as your ERP budget is a mistake. But it is a mistake that many first-time ERP shoppers make.

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    How ERP Customization Can Lead to Major Issues

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/27/19 10:00 AM

    Things to consider before customizing ERP software

    Visual South has helped hundreds of manufacturers implement and optimize operations with their ERP systems. Often there are functional gaps between the ERP software and the business requirements of the customer. When this situation arises, we have a couple of options to close the gaps, such as using the development toolset to add functionality or develop a bolt-on application. Some consider this approach customization.

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    The Issue with Using QuickBooks for Manufacturing

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/13/19 10:00 AM

    QuickBooks & manufacturing have inherent problems

    QuickBooks is an accounting-focused application that’s built for small businesses. Offering a lot of great features, it is one of the most commonly used accounting programs for all types of small companies. However, it is not an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. There’s some improved functionality available with QuickBooks Enterprise, but companies tend to outgrow that functionality quickly—especially work-order-driven manufacturers. We have seen many companies struggle when trying to determine how to use QuickBooks for manufacturing.

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    How to Match ERP Training Types with Business Problems

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/23/19 10:00 AM

    How to Successfully Apply ERP Training

    ERP users run the spectrum in regard to their ability to properly use their current system. Some are Jedi masters, many are proficient, and others know only the basics. Oftentimes, a user’s ability is directly related to their role in the organization and amount of training they’ve received on their ERP system.

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    ERP for Manufacturers in the Aerospace Industry

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/2/19 10:00 AM

    Aerospace ERP must have traceability

    Aerospace and defense customers need ERP with industry-specific functional attributes to help them comply with mandatory regulations. For that reason, ERP for the aerospace industry includes the standard functionality provided in general manufacturing systems, plus additional tools. In this article, I focus on one of the most important functional areas for those who are evaluating or seeking to improve their aerospace ERP software.

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    Engineer-to-Order Examples in CloudSuite Industrial

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/4/19 10:00 AM

    Engineer-to-order manufacturers are unique

    Engineer-to-order manufacturers seldom make the same product twice, which makes them unique when compared with their make-to-stock and make-to-order counterparts.

    These engineer-to-order manufacturers are project oriented and manage front-end loaded engineering efforts. They handle manufacturing processes, actual costing environments, potentially unique revenue recognition requirements, and installation and potential after-market service requirements.

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    Benefits of CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) on the Shop Floor

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/28/19 10:00 AM

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    Shop floor execution for to order manufacturers

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) is a purpose-built ERP application for those in the discrete manufacturing sector, with specific focus on To Order manufacturers and mixed-mode manufacturers that build to order and to stock. If your company fits within these categories, there are many benefits of using Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP on the shop floor, as well as throughout the entire organization.  

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