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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    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

    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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    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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    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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