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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    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 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.

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    Work Breakdown Structures and Your ERP System

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/22/20 10:00 AM

    What is a work breakdown structure (WBS)?

    A WBS is a framework that defines the deliverable or outcomes of a project. The WBS is a hierarchical view of what can be considered 100 percent of the scope of desired deliverables—all desired results—of the project.

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

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/8/20 10:00 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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    Guide to VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile Licensing

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/1/20 10:30 AM

    This guide will walk you through how to determine your current licensing for VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile Licensing and possible licensing based on desired modules.

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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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