The Importance of ERP Data

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/2/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I work with companies that are in all stages of their ERP journey. Some companies are looking to purchase and implement their first ERP system; they are typically trying to understand what ERP can do, how to evaluate vendors, and dreaming of the “to be” state they are trying to attain. On the other end of the spectrum are companies that have been running ERP for 25 years and longer. These clients are always trying to improve what they have and make themselves a better company. Whether your company is at the same stage as the former, the latter, or is somewhere in between, there is one fundamental truth you need to keep in mind: an ERP system is only as good as the data that is put in it. Let’s get a little background on the types of data an ERP needs before we get in to the importance of the data itself.

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    Are You Considering Going Through an ERP Reimplementation?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/25/20 10:00 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. Are you thinking you're not getting as much out of your ERP as you should be? Perhaps you've even thought about reimplementing. Well, let's talk about that.

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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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    The Best Features of VISUAL Time and Attendance

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/11/20 10:00 AM

    What is VISUAL Time and Attendance (VTA)?

    VTA is exactly what it sounds like: it is a time and attendance solution for your employees. A lot of VISUAL customers use the labor barcoding or new Shop Floor Mobile applications to track the time of employees doing direct work on jobs. VTA allows you to do the same, plus much, much more!

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    6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 11/5/20 10:00 AM

    It ain’t easy

    Managing a shop floor is no easy task. Your employees make mistakes, equipment breaks, rush orders slip in, jobs ship late, and days are long. On top of that, there is the constant demand to reduce costs and increase quality. It’s a real pressure cooker.

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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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    Infor VISUAL ERP: Bring Order to Your Orders

    By Jack Shannon on 10/25/20 1:07 PM

    An Exhaustive Look at VISUAL ERP's Functionality

    Note: This blog was updated in 10/2020 to reflect some major changes in version 9.x.x. See the end of the blog for updates.

    Why would any manufacturing company want VISUAL ERP?

    Actually, that’s an easy question to answer. There are three reasons:

    1. Value: You will not find an ERP product with more depth and breadth of functionality at the same price point.
    2. Ease of use: VISUAL is built by software developers, but the interface was developed by designers to focus on ease of use. The screens are simple and intuitive, yet answers to your next question are in a secondary (child) window or are a simple click away.
    3. Focus: VISUAL is designed for small-to-medium sized manufacturers who create work orders to make or repair items. If this doesn’t describe your company, Infor VISUAL will not be a fit for your manufacturing company. If this does describe your company, keep reading—VISUAL may be exactly what you're looking for. 
    Topics: ERP selection
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    Shop Floor Scheduling in ERP Systems

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/21/20 10:00 AM

    Scheduling in your ERP is a great goal

    I have been in the ERP world for close to 25 years, both as a consultant and salesperson. I’ve seen companies buy ERP for many reasons, but usually the driving factor has something to do with being able to use the system to schedule their shop floor. This is a fantastic goal. Not because shop floor scheduling with ERP sounds cool, but because to do it, you have to be good. Really good. The reason being that if you are going to have an algorithm in the software help you make valid decisions; you have to give it valid input. And that valid input has to come from almost every functional area in your organization. Everyone has to be on board!

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    Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Built-In Reporting & Analytics

    By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 11:15 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP software, you're probably wondering how are you going to get the data that you need out of that ERP software.

    Infor understands this. So, this is what Infor has to offer:

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    Infor ERP Evaluation Criteria – Integration Capabilities

    By Jack Shannon on 10/14/20 11:00 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. If you're looking for ERP, you might be wondering how you're going to integrate your other programs into that ERP.

    The good news is Infor ERP will communicate with other applications. There is no bad news. I'll get into a little more detail in just a moment, but first let's talk about if you even need to communicate with other applications. Infor ERP provides a complete, fully integrated software solution. Many times, this complete solution eliminates the need for the band-aid solutions that have been created over the years because the ERP provides the functionality needed. So, keep that in mind.

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