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 Does the Infor OS Do?

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/23/20 10:00 AM

    Infor OS overview

    The Infor Operating Service (or Infor OS) is a cloud innovation platform of Infor-built applications that significantly enhance CloudSuite ERP, and is included with the CloudSuite ERP subscription. Infor OS is composed of many applications that allow CloudSuite customers to maximize the use of their purpose-built ERP.

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    Two Important U.S. Manufacturing Trends for 2020 & Beyond

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/26/20 10:00 AM

    Important statistics and trends for manufacturers

    For this article, my focus is on where many small and emerging manufacturers are truly trending based on my experience in the industry. Specifically, on how these small manufacturers are doing in the framework of Industry 4.0 or the fourth Industrial Revolution. Some manufacturers are moving to adopt components of Industry 4.0, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, mobile devices, data collection and analysis, and digitalization. Others are not.

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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.

    Topics: ERP selection
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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.

    Topics: ERP selection
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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.

    Topics: ERP selection
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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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