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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    Engineer-to-Order ERP Software – An Executive Summary

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/11/22 10:00 AM

    Specialized ERP is needed to address engineer-to-order requirements

    Not all ERP systems are designed with the capabilities to address the somewhat unique requirements for manufacturing organizations that specialize in engineer-to-order products. There are significant differences in the business requirements of engineer-to-order manufacturers, compared to those of repetitive, make-to-stock, mixed mode, and even make-to-order manufacturers. The key difference is that engineer-to-order companies may build a specific design and configuration only once. That’s it. You need engineer-to-order manufacturing software to be able to accommodate the unique requirements of creating singular products.

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    ERP for Manufacturers in the Aerospace Industry

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/2/22 7:33 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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    The Top Benefits of ERP According to Industry Professionals

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/2/22 10:23 AM

     

    What others say are benefits of ERP

    We’ve written many articles about the benefits of ERP, but also wanted to poll the industry to hear what others had to say. Below is a compilation of the answers we received to our survey question, “What is the best benefit you or your company has experienced from using an ERP system?”

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    How to Make Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Work with Your Existing Systems

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/19/22 8:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial is integrated with many business systems

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (CSI) /Syteline ERP is already integrated with many of the common systems used across most enterprises. So, there is minimal effort (if any) to make CloudSuite Industrial work with your existing complimentary business systems and tools. CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline benefits from having thousands of customers and decades of development; the application is built to be deeply integrated with many popular programs.

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    What Does Field Service Management Software Do?

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/29/21 10:00 AM

    Applications for field service management software

    There are multiple uses for field service management software, across many different industries. This type of platform is widely used by companies that do service and repair work in HVAC, electrical, commercial, and industrial maintenance industries. It’s also used in the repair industry itself, where work is performed onsite and remotely.

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    Why Switch from Infor VISUAL to Infor CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine ERP?

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/24/21 10:00 AM

    Should you switch from Infor VISUAL to Infor CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine ERP?

    The team at Visual South often discusses that question, both internally and with our customers, and the answer varies. The fact is, you need a reason to switch. A real business reason (or reasons). Otherwise, it will be difficult for “to order” manufacturers to justify the ROI to replace a highly functional ERP application like Infor VISUAL.

    If VISUAL is working fine for you, there may be no reason to move. If you think you can better utilize VISUAL ERP, our team can help. But if you have maximized VISUAL’s functionality and scalability, it might be worth switching to CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine. But let’s validate that case together.

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    How To Calculate Total Manufacturing Costs

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/27/21 10:00 AM

    Knowing your manufacturing costs are critical

    A recurring theme we’ve seen with companies over the past 25 years is they want to know their total manufacturing costs. Not only do they want to know these costs, but they want to trust the numbers are accurate, and be able to make important business decisions with that knowledge.

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    Production Planning: The Common Challenges

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/6/21 10:00 AM

    Everyone wants to optimize production scheduling

    While everyone wants to be good at production planning, not many are. The most common challenge we see is that everyone wants to use their respective ERP’s scheduling application, yet they struggle to make it work. And this struggle leads to the abandonment of the native ERP application and the subsequent creation of spreadsheets, custom reports, and a variety of other methods that attempt to manage production planning. Needless to say, these “Band-Aids” can cause challenges of their own, and ultimately result in a lack of a unified and coherent approach from a systemic standpoint.

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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/30/21 10:00 AM

    What is Infor SyteLine 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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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP Pricing and Budgeting Tips

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/29/21 10:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP Pricing – How It Works

    Whether you are working with an Infor Channel Partner or Infor Direct, you’re using the same pricing data. There are no dealer markups or first-line support charges like those that value-added resellers (VARs) typically pass on to their customers.

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