A Full ERP Terminology Dictionary: 159 Terms Defined

    By Jack Shannon on 8/12/20 10:00 AM

    Topics: ERP research
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    ERP vs. MRP: Which System is Right in a Manufacturing Environment?

    By Jack Shannon on 7/1/20 10:00 AM

    It’s really no contest

    If you are looking for software to manage your small to medium-sized discrete manufacturing business and don’t know if you need MRP (material requirements planning) or ERP (enterprise resource planning), let me make this easy for you. You should look for an ERP system. Read on to learn why.

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    Is an End of Life Planned for Sage 500?

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/17/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I speak with many companies and a number of those conversations revolve around ERP software evaluations. Recently, I’ve had quite a few conversations with companies who are running Sage 500, or MAS 500. They ask me whether the rumors about a Sage 500 end of life are true and if so, what the future holds for their ERP system. To be clear, I represent Infor ERP and that is where my expertise lies. I am not an expert in any competitive solutions, but my views are shaped by what I hear from the people I talk with. In this article, I’ll give a quick rundown of what I think you should expect with your Sage 500 ERP.

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    Our Top 15 Infor Product Resources from 2019

    By Jack Shannon on 5/27/20 6:00 AM

    Manufacturing is our passion

    At Visual South, we create a lot of content for our website. We publish at least 52 blogs each year, along with videos and white papers. Our passion is to help manufacturing companies become better, more efficient companies. Not to brag, but we are good at what we do; we know a great deal about our industry and share what we know.

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    What is the #1 Manufacturing ERP? (Hint, there is no #1)

    By Jack Shannon on 5/6/20 10:00 AM

    “Software first” is the wrong strategy

    If you search the term “manufacturing erp,” the results show many articles that tout the best, or the top [insert number here] manufacturing ERP packages. I understand that this is advertising and there is only so much space to proclaim, “Look at us!” However, I see this “software first” mentality live through the sales cycle and even drive manufacturing ERP selection decisions. A software’s functionality should not be the first criteria when selecting a manufacturing solution. At best, it’s the second criteria. (In fact, I will make a case it’s actually tied for second.) I’ve spent over 35 years using, implementing, or selling manufacturing ERP, so I’ve learned a few things along the way. Read on and I’ll share them with you.

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    The Main Benefit of ERP: Grow Without Adding Admin Overhead

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/29/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I work with all sorts of companies and many of them already use an ERP, but many more do not and are evaluating solutions. You may think a lot of my conversations revolve around the software itself, explaining its functionality, the technology, how it’s licensed, etc. While I do have many detailed conversations about those things, most of my discussions center on what challenges businesses are having and how an ERP might benefit them. There are all sorts of reasons to implement and use an ERP, which vary from company to company. But one of the main benefits of ERP that is close to being universal for all companies is being able to control overhead costs.

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    Comparing Infor vs. SAP Ahead of SAP's 2025 Product Migration

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/15/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I want to give a little background before we jump into the meat and potatoes here. I have been selling Infor ERP products since 2002 and spent 5 years as an SAP consultant prior to that. I’ve helped implement SAP from beginning to end in many companies, ranging from service providers and distributors, all the way to manufacturing companies. I’ve worked in small, midsize, and Fortune 100 companies in my different roles as a consultant, trainer, and project manager. I think my perspective can be helpful to someone currently running SAP who is faced with the forced transition to HANA by 2025.

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    A Straightforward Comparison of the Infor ERP Products

    By Jack Shannon on 2/5/20 10:00 AM

    Infor ERP products

    Visual South sells, implements, and supports two Infor ERP products: CloudSuite Industrial (formerly known as SyteLine), and VISUAL. We are commonly asked, “What are the differences between the two?” That’s a reasonable, straightforward question, but the answer is much more nuanced because these ERP products are used to run manufacturing businesses, which are not simple and straightforward. At a high level, the two products feel similar; they are both ERP products with deep functionality. Also, at a high level, two manufacturers feel similar; they both make stuff. As you look deeper into the manufacturers, differences emerge and the same is true with the Infor ERP products. For this article, I’ll start by comparing what is similar between the two products and then work through the differences.

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    The Issue with Using QuickBooks for Manufacturing

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/13/19 10:00 AM

    QuickBooks & manufacturing have inherent problems

    QuickBooks is an accounting-focused application that’s built for small businesses. Offering a lot of great features, it is one of the most commonly used accounting programs for all types of small companies. However, it is not an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. There’s some improved functionality available with QuickBooks Enterprise, but companies tend to outgrow that functionality quickly—especially work-order-driven manufacturers. We have seen many companies struggle when trying to determine how to use QuickBooks for manufacturing.

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    Is QuickBooks an ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/16/19 10:00 PM

    A little background

    I have been in the ERP industry for over 21 years and have worked with companies of all sizes and industries, but primarily have experience with small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses. I am currently in a sales role, so I frequently talk with companies that are interested in one of our Infor ERP products. One of the questions I always ask is “What are you using today?” A lot of times the answer to my question is QuickBooks.

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