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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    ERP Requirements for Sign Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/14/22 10:00 AM

    Sign manufacturers have specific business system needs

    What sign manufacturers have in common with other types of manufacturers is that they have to plan for material requirements, schedule jobs, and execute the production of those jobs. That being said, sign manufacturers have numerous requirements and needs that are unique to their industry. In this article, we’ll review how those unique requirements can be addressed with sign industry software, or sign manufacturing software.

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    Discrete Manufacturing Systems: High-Level Requirements

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/10/22 10:00 AM

    Discrete Manufacturing

    Discrete manufacturing differs from primary modes of manufacturing in the following areas:

    • Repetitive manufacturing
    • Process manufacturing (continuous & batch)
    • Job shop manufacturing

    Discrete manufacturers typically have production lines or areas where the finished good is produced in a non-continuous process. In addition, they are often categorized as “to order” manufacturers, with mixed mode components when there is a make-to-stock or forecast demand to be addressed.

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    Types of ERP Consultants and Their Roles

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/6/22 10:00 AM

    There are four types of ERP consultants on the Visual South team

    The types of consultants are: project managers, manufacturing consultants, finance consultants, and technical consultants. All of these individuals are typically engaged in a new implementation and used for varying consulting and technical efforts. There are a select number of consultants who are versed on the three primary areas of manufacturing, finance, and technology; we are proud to have these rare talents on the Visual South Professional Services Team. Please remember that the team helping you implement the software is just as important as the software itself . Our consultants exist to coach you on how to successfully use the application.

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    How to Select Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/15/22 10:00 AM

    Address your business issues

    When selecting discrete manufacturing ERP software, choose an application that addresses your business issues. That should be the primary goal of an ERP evaluation, but we often see the focus of the evaluation shift to matters that truly do not impact the business. Cool features can distract you from picking an application that can help discrete manufacturers manage their business better. That’s why a plan is needed that includes an ERP Evaluation Checklist.

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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/3/22 8:56 AM

     

    What is Infor SyteLine ERP software?

    Infor SyteLine ERP software (also known as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI when deployed in the Amazon cloud) 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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    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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