Change Management and ERP

    By Jack Shannon on 9/15/21 10:00 AM

    Let’s figure this out

    I like figuring things out. It’s a simple statement, but now that I’m older, and yes, a bit wiser, I see that this desire to figure things out has been the driving factor behind many of my traits. From an early age, I made stuff. I’d see something that looked cool and would figure out how to make it. Scrap wood, a saw, and some nails would result in some sort of toy. I completely disassembled and re-assembled my bike to see how it was put together. As I got older, I tackled bigger projects. My first car was free because it needed a transmission. I figured out how to remove the old transmission, bought one at a junkyard, and put the “new” one in. It worked! It was the ugliest car you ever saw, but to me it was a triumph. I drove it with pride.

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    Infor VISUAL 10: What’s New?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/8/21 10:30 AM

    The latest and greatest for VISUAL

    Infor VISUAL 10 was released in December 2020, and quite a few features were added. There are many resources that go into great detail about the new functionality, including release notes, but here are the highlights we think are most important to know. If you want more details, go to the Visual South VISUAL upgrade page here.

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    Analog vs. Digital Work Orders

    By Jack Shannon on 8/18/21 10:00 AM

    Let’s break it down

    I like to take big, complicated topics and break them down to their simplest form. This gives me the clarity to evaluate new ideas, propose changes, identify problems, and such. For example, this is how I explain what Visual South does: “We work with SMB manufacturers to help them become the best company they can be. The tools we use to do that are ERP, consulting, and change management (usually involving processes and procedures).”

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    Here’s How to Keep Your ERP Real Time

    By Jack Shannon on 8/4/21 10:00 AM

    Are you guilty of any of these data flow blockades?

    A modern ERP system is an amazing thing to behold. A materials manager can look at a screen and know what to buy, and when. This can be achieved with confidence, without a spreadsheet and without a meeting. Someone in order entry can check on a realistic promise date for a product that hasn’t begun to be built yet. Again, there’s no spreadsheet and no meeting needed to accomplish this.

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    4 Factors That Affect Your Production Costs

    By Bryan Foshee on 7/28/21 10:00 AM

    What are the ingredients in your cost of production?

    For manufacturing companies, it’s critical to understand your production costs. If you know your costs, you’ll have better control over your profitability and make better business decisions. I’ve had conversations where companies thought certain customer orders were critical to their business, but after understanding their costs better, they decided to turn those orders away because they were NOT profitable.

    To help you determine what your cost of production actually is (versus what you think it is), here are the four primary factors to consider:

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    Is Inventory an Asset or a Liability?

    By Jack Shannon on 7/21/21 10:00 AM

    Spoiler: It could be both

    There is an old saying in purchasing: You get yelled at for having too much inventory; you get fired for not having what you need. I think this perfectly describes the situation the purchasing department finds themselves in when they don’t have good data on what to buy. They do what any of us do when we must make a decision without having enough information – we guess. It may be an educated guess, but it is a guess nonetheless.

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    Do You Need ERP Software Development?

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/16/21 10:00 AM

    Yes, no, or maybe?

    The answer to the question of “Do your need ERP software development services?” is typically “no,” but that’s based on having a capable and purpose-built ERP application, such as Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP. There is a caveat: Sometimes you may need to extend the application using the native toolset to address business-specific requirements.

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    The Most Common ERP System Integrations

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/9/21 10:00 AM

    What is an ERP system integration?

    The way I define ERP system integration is it’s the process of making the ERP software “work” with related applications or solutions in an automated fashion. Integrating ERP with related applications is typically done after you are live on your ERP, unless the integration is mission critical to the success of the initial implementation.

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    A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/19/21 10:00 AM

    What is a KPI?

    A KPI (key performance indicator) is a measurement of value that manufacturing companies typically use and track to determine how they are performing in a particular area of operations. KPIs are ideally presented in dashboard format, giving the user the ability to quickly answer the questions of “How are we are doing?” and “What is causing performance issues”? Think of KPIs as a company or department’s scoreboard for how the team is playing in the game.

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    ERP for Metal Fabricators – Biggest Trend We See with Our Clients

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/12/21 10:00 AM

    An increased focus on visibility

    More and more of our customers want to have visibility of variables affecting manufacturing. They need clear information about capacity and on-time delivery, potential capacity or supply chain issues, and job costs. Our customers are getting this visibility by leveraging the Infor ERP application’s manufacturing industry purpose-built functional abilities.

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