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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    The Best ERP for Medical Device Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/7/21 10:00 AM

    Medical device manufacturing ERP requirements

    Medical device manufacturers need specific functionality in their ERP system. The functionality requirements fall into three main categories: in-depth abilities to handle cradle-to-grave lot and serial traceability; integrated quality control; and extensive abilities to meet demand requirements and schedule the associated work orders to build-to-stock, build sub-assemblies, and produce finished goods.

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    How to Manage Shop Floor Planning and Control

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/24/21 10:00 AM

    Know what to make

    Shop floor operators need to know what to make and when to make it. That sounds simple enough, and it can be with the proper tools. The process really starts upstream with a finely tuned ERP application that is using MRP, Forecasting, and Advanced Planning and Scheduling to properly plan what work orders are needed to meet demand.

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    The Most Important Infor SyteLine/CloudSuite Industrial Optional Modules – Take Them or Leave Them?

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/3/21 10:00 AM

    What are the best optional SyteLine/CloudSuite Industrial modules?

    The question of which are the best optional modules in Infor SyteLine/CloudSuite Industrial is contingent upon your business requirements. So, the actual answer is…“it depends”.

    The first thing to know is there are two distinct core sets of functionalities that make up the Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP for the cloud, and the Infor SyteLine offering that is deployed on premise. They are the same code sets, but bundled differently. The SyteLine on premise offering is more a la carte, whereas CloudSuite Industrial’s cloud-based subscription includes more functional attributes. However, there is an abundance of ERP modules available with both options.

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    Should You Opt for Infor’s On-Premise ERP Tools?

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/10/21 10:00 AM

    Infor on-premise ERP is still a great option

    Companies looking for new ERP systems are predominantly only interested in cloud applications. However, some are still looking for on-premise applications. It is not as massive of a shift to cloud applications as we are led to believe. Many companies are still ok with having a server onsite because they have internal IT expertise or have a leading provider, such as Rackspace, hosting the application on a private cloud.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    Why Do Manufacturers Choose Infor CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline?

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/20/21 10:00 AM

    A leading ERP for small-to-medium-sized manufacturers

    Visual South has sold and implemented Infor ERP for over 25 years. The Infor CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline solution is the most technologically advanced and functionally rich application that we have worked with. Prospects note that it is far superior in regard to manufacturing-centric functional depth and user experience (the Infor OS).

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    Getting the Most Out of Your Manufacturing Capacity

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/16/20 10:00 AM

    Maximizing capacity

    For many reasons, you get a direct return on investment when maximizing your current manufacturing capacity. Capacity planning and production scheduling are prime areas where we help our manufacturing customers. Improving the use of available capacity often transcends ERP software, as having the proper infrastructure in place ensures proper measurements can be taken, and accurate data collected—and that there is a mechanism to balance manufacturing throughput in its truest form.

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    The Infor ERP ION API – Why It Helps

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/18/20 10:00 AM

    Having interoperability is critical and Infor APIs allow for this

    Infor is somewhat different than other ERP providers in that it tries to provide as complete a solution as possible with Infor supported, developed, and enhanced applications. Other ERP systems often rely on third-party applications using point interfaces or APIs. An API, short for application programming interface, basically allows for different software applications to work together by virtue of pushing and receiving data between each other. The ability to leverage APIs is important because it provides the ability to use other, third-party systems to exchange data and communicate with the host ERP system in order to build out business functionality.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    How Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Improves Service Management Profitability

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/28/20 10:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline ERP addresses all your service-related needs

    When manufacturers look for areas to grow their revenue and find high-margin opportunities, many focus on the service component of their operation. Our team at Visual South has talked to many companies with ongoing initiatives to improve both after-market sales for replacement parts and service agreements with customers. This is especially prevalent in the engineer-to-order space and capital equipment.

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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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