A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 3/25/20 10:00 AM

    What is a KPI?

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

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    Why You Need Manufacturing ERP Software

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/18/20 10:00 AM

    Manufacturers need specific software to support their operation

    There are many software systems available to help companies execute various functions. For example, our team at Visual South works with many businesses that use QuickBooks and Excel to handle day-to-day operations. However, we often find that these companies—along with similar businesses running legacy systems—are looking for a better way to manage all their processes, especially if they have some form of manufacturing or production requirements.

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    Work Order Management Process from Creation to Closing

    By Jack Shannon on 3/11/20 10:00 AM

    No works orders, no production

    For a discrete manufacturer, work orders are the lifeblood of production. The work order authorizes the development of a product—it provides the production team with a method to create the product to meet the specifications for the demand it is fulfilling.

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    Production Scheduling Software: What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Expect

    By Shannon O'Loughlin on 3/4/20 10:00 AM

    Everyone schedules, but not everyone does it well

    It’s a universal truth that every manufacturing company schedules. You may not do it well, but you do it. It’s simply the nature of the business—customers request an item and you must look into the future to predict (and commit) to when it will be done…before you even start working on it.

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    What Workflows & Processes are Supported in Manufacturing ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/26/20 10:00 AM

    A little background first…

    ERP software is a tool that supports business processes and workflows. Some ERP software systems are generic while others are designed for particular industries. Visual South focuses on the manufacturing industry and our ERP solutions are designed for manufacturing companies—more specifically, order-driven manufacturers. Our customers are typically make-to-order, configure-to-order, engineer-to-order, make-to-stock, or a combination of all of the above. So, the ERP processes and workflows I cover in this article are primarily targeted toward manufacturing companies and their software.

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    Modern EDI Solutions for Manufacturers Running Infor VISUAL and Cloudsuite Industrial

    By Matt Rogers on 2/19/20 10:00 AM

    A shift for EDI

    EDI is an often overlooked business process that rarely gets a fresh look, especially in the context of established systems like Infor VISUAL and Cloudsuite Industrial (CSI). Like most industries, however, EDI has undergone a shift as a result of competition for steadily dwindling resources and early-generation technology reaching end-of-life.

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    How To Get The Most Out of Your ERP Costing Module

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/22/20 10:00 AM

    Benefits of having accurate job costing

    Given that many of Visual South’s customers and prospects are “to order” manufacturers, one of the prime operational areas they are typically looking to improve when we speak with them is costing. Additionally, many companies we work with are engineer-to-order, configure-to-order, and project-oriented manufacturers, so job costing is critical.

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    Inventory Management for Manufacturing Companies: Assess Your Process

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/18/19 10:00 AM

    Inventory management is critical

    I visit companies all the time that are looking for an ERP software solution. In almost all cases, these companies mention that they need to manage inventory better. Solid inventory management for manufacturing companies is a result of solid processes, but solid processes are difficult to execute if you do not have a tool like ERP software (Cloud Suite Industrial or VISUAL) to support them. Below, I list some of the inventory management issues I hear about all the time and how ERP can address these issues, which will hopefully help you determine if your current solution measures up.

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    ERP Budgeting 101

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/11/19 10:00 AM

    Budgeting for an ERP purchase

    Budgeting for an ERP purchase can be a significant challenge. There are many cost factors to consider when replacing your current system and choosing an arbitrary dollar amount as your ERP budget is a mistake. But it is a mistake that many first-time ERP shoppers make.

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    How ERP Customization Can Lead to Major Issues

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/27/19 10:00 AM

    Things to consider before customizing ERP software

    Visual South has helped hundreds of manufacturers implement and optimize operations with their ERP systems. Often there are functional gaps between the ERP software and the business requirements of the customer. When this situation arises, we have a couple of options to close the gaps, such as using the development toolset to add functionality or develop a bolt-on application. Some consider this approach customization.

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