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

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    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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    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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    How to Use Infor ERP Correctly in Advanced Planning and Scheduling

    By Nick Mendolia on 9/30/21 10:00 AM

     

    Planning for success

    Material planning and scheduling are perhaps the two most difficult processes for any manufacturing company to perfect. While the processes generally live in two different departments, the success of one is highly dependent on the success of the other. In this article, we will discuss Visual South’s methodology for implementation of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) functionality in manufacturing. I will use Infor CloudSuite Industrial as the ERP software of reference.

    Related: CloudSuite Industrial: Run at Maximum Efficiency

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    VISUAL Focus Preview: Learn Infor VISUAL During a Free, Online Event

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/22/21 10:00 AM

    What Is VISUAL Focus?

    VISUAL Focus is an educational conference for users of Infor VISUAL. If you have never been, it is a fantastic event hosted by Visual South and Synergy Resources. Over the years, the conference has been in a variety of locations like Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago, and Louisville. In 2022 it will return to Nashville.

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    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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