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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    What’s in Development for Infor VISUAL?

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/10/19 10:00 AM

    Pushing out faster releases and new functionality for VISUAL ERP

    Infor has released more functional enhancements for VISUAL ERP in the last 24 months than we normally see. Infor VISUAL ERP Product Manager Rich Lagoy and the VISUAL ERP steering committee are driving out new functionality at a faster pace than before, delivering quarterly updates to the large VISUAL ERP user base and new sales customers.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    How to Reduce Manufacturing Lead Time by Optimizing Your ERP

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/22/19 10:00 AM

    Reducing Manufacturing Lead Time

    Many of the manufacturers our team speaks with have put improving lead time at the top of their priority list. That’s no big surprise—lead time can be a determinant in winning new customers, driving business growth, and achieving on-time delivery.

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    How ERP Customization Can Lead to Major Issues

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/1/19 10:00 AM

    Things to Consider Before Customizing ERP Software

    We have 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 History & Evolution of ERP Applied to Your System

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

    Times they are a changin'

    A quick review of ERP history and the evolution of ERP systems will show there are three primary, interrelated drivers: technology, functionality, and usability.

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    Is Big Data in Manufacturing a New Buzzword or a New Tool?

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/27/19 10:00 AM

    What is big data?

    The term big data may mean different things to different people and organizations.

    Google’s dictionary defines big data as “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.”

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    CloudSuite Industrial: Run at Maximum Efficiency

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/20/19 10:01 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise Resource Planning Software

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is Infor’s leading solution for small- to medium-size manufacturers. If your manufacturing company has an annual revenue ranging from $10 million to $250 million, then CloudSuite Industrial may be a good fit for your business requirements. Thousands of customers use the Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly known as Syteline) worldwide. In fact, it is often independently ranked among the top three ERP solutions available for SMB manufacturing companies.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    Infor SyteLine Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/16/19 10:00 AM

    CSI Review

    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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    ERP Evaluation: 4 Questions to Ask to Get the Right System

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/9/19 10:00 AM

    ERP software evaluations provide answers to your questions

    Visual South assists companies with ERP system evaluations and implementations every day, and has since 1993. It’s what we do and we have been through the ERP evaluation process hundreds of times.

    However, many customers may only evaluate ERP software every 10 to 15 years. The ERP selection team members may have never evaluated software, or may have done so only once before. This leads to the development of many different processes -- some are good and others not so good. The Visual South team can help regardless.

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    How Infor ERP Helps Assemble-To-Order Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/19/18 10:00 AM

    Infor provides options

    Infor provides ERP solutions that help manufacturers with all order modes, including assemble-to-order, make-to-order, configure-to-order, engineer-to-order, build-to-stock and forecast, and mixed-mode production. Some Infor ERP solutions are manufacturing-centric—such as CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) and Infor VISUAL—and manage all manufacturing modes, including assemble-to-order, very well.

    Topics: ERP research
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    IT's Role in ERP: Before, During & After the Selection Process

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/14/18 10:00 AM

    Include IT for the best results

    The role of Information Technology (IT) in an ERP implementation project is very important. The IT manager should always be part of the project as their department will be responsible for assisting during the software evaluation, installing the software or connectivity, and providing the ongoing infrastructure support needed for an optimum-performing ERP system and environment.

    Topics: ERP research
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