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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    ERP Integration Considerations for Manufacturers

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/12/22 10:00 AM

    How to know when ERP integrations with third-party applications are appropriate

    The upside of buying enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is the economy of scale. Since it is written for the masses and not customized for one company, the cost per user plummets. For example, Microsoft Office certainly costs more to develop than the few hundred dollars it costs to license. One of the other upsides is that thousands of users create a robust community that quickly flushes out weaknesses in functionality, helping the software become stronger.

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    What Should Go in Your Weekly Manufacturing Production Report?

    By Jack Shannon on 1/5/22 9:56 AM

    It’s all about the data

    I’m a big believer in measuring what you want to improve. Measuring gives you data and you’ll see trends (good or bad) emerge. Figure out what is causing the good trends and keep doing that. Maybe you can even find ways to make the good trends better. Figure out what is causing the bad trends and find ways to stop doing that; or at least, minimize it.

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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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    The Backbone of Infor VISUAL: The Manufacturing Window

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/11/21 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    Infor VISUAL ERP is a solution built for small to mid-market manufacturing companies. The primary customer for VISUAL ERP is organizations that use a work order to produce their product, as opposed to those in a highly repetitive or process manufacturing environment. These work-order-based companies could be make-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-stock, engineer-to-order, or a combination of all of these.

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    How To Calculate Total Manufacturing Costs

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/27/21 10:00 AM

    Knowing your manufacturing costs are critical

    A recurring theme we’ve seen with companies over the past 25 years is they want to know their total manufacturing costs. Not only do they want to know these costs, but they want to trust the numbers are accurate, and be able to make important business decisions with that knowledge.

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    5 Steps to Include in Your Business Process Review (BPR)

    By Nick Mendolia on 10/14/21 10:00 AM

    BPR

    Everyone needs a plan

    Every organization should have an ongoing plan for continuous improvement. In a competitive environment, any chance to improve upon a process can provide the edge a company needs to survive—and ultimately thrive.  A good Business Process Review (BPR) template is a valuable first step in that plan.

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    How to Measure the On-Time Delivery KPI

    By Jack Shannon on 10/13/21 10:00 AM

    Measure what you want to improve

    There are many opinions as to what key performance indicators (KPIs) should be monitored at a small to medium-sized manufacturing company, but the on-time delivery (OTD) KPI is on everyone’s list. It doesn’t matter if the company is build-to-stock, a job shop, or something in-between; there are many steps in coordinating the production of a product and OTD is a nice summation of manufacturing performance.

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    Production Planning: The Common Challenges

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

    Everyone wants to optimize production scheduling

    While everyone wants to be good at production planning, not many are. The most common challenge we see is that everyone wants to use their respective ERP’s scheduling application, yet they struggle to make it work. And this struggle leads to the abandonment of the native ERP application and the subsequent creation of spreadsheets, custom reports, and a variety of other methods that attempt to manage production planning. Needless to say, these “Band-Aids” can cause challenges of their own, and ultimately result in a lack of a unified and coherent approach from a systemic standpoint.

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    Explaining Infor’s Business Intelligence Software, Birst

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/1/21 10:00 AM

    What is Business Intelligence?

    The software industry has no shortage of terms and acronyms, so before we talk about Infor’s Business Intelligence Tool (thats called “Birst”), what is Business Intelligence (or “BI”)? Business Intelligence refers to solutions and processes that support the gathering, analysis, integration, and presentation of business information. Business Intelligence tools help companies understand their business better, and enable their employees to make better decisions because they have the information they need. At its most basic level, Business Intelligence is what is commonly referred to as “reporting”, like a bookings report, a purchase orders due for receipt report, for example. Business Intelligence solutions take reporting to the next level by making the data easier to consume for end users, easier to analyze, and easier to get answers to difficult questions.

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