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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    Are Infor SyteLine and CloudSuite Industrial the Same Product?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/1/21 10:00 AM

    What’s in a name?

    Infor SyteLine has been around for over 30 years and has operated under a few different names and brands during that time. The product has been called Symix, Frontstep, and SyteLine. Most recently, Infor rebranded to CloudSuite Industrial, but the SyteLine name really never went away, so you will hear these terms used interchangeably among people who work with the product.

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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine is the Best ERP for Project-Based Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/25/21 10:00 AM

    Project-based manufacturers have specific needs

    Overwhelmingly, project-based manufacturers have a requirement for a physical project plan to execute against, where costs can be captured at many levels. That is why Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP provides a good solution for traditional build/engineer/configure-to-order manufacturers who need to manage a more complex series of events to manufacture finished goods.

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    Why You Need an ERP Selection Scorecard to Properly Evaluate an ERP Solution

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/11/21 10:00 AM

    You need a plan to select the right ERP

    Visual South has helped thousands of manufacturing businesses evaluate ERP software since we launched in 1994. During all those evaluations, we have engaged in both good and bad experiences.

    Topics: ERP selection
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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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    What’s New in Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine 10

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/3/21 10:00 AM

    Infor continues to rapidly develop CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP

    The development team for Infor’s CloudSuite Industrial ERP continues to follow the well-planned product roadmap, and is executing the plan efficiently. The roadmap enriches and extends the highly ranked and widely accepted application, which now has well over 5,000 manufacturing sites running it worldwide.

    In this article, we’ll highlight our favorite features that have been released since the CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine 10 core application debuted in 2018.

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    Is an End of Life Planned for Sage 500?

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/6/21 7:30 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I speak with lots of companies and many of those conversations revolve around ERP software evaluations. Recently, I’ve had quite a few conversations with companies that are running Sage 500, or any of the other Sage products. 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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    A Guide to Developing an ERP Strategy

    By Jack Shannon on 4/22/21 10:00 AM

    The good, the bad

    I’ve been involved with manufacturing and ERP for over 30 years. During that time, I’ve learned a lot about the interaction between a manufacturing organization, their goals, and their ERP (or lack thereof). I’ve seen companies who have a good plan for choosing ERP; I’ve seen companies that don’t. I’ve seen companies that use ERP well; I’ve seen companies that don’t. I’ve seen companies admit they weren’t using ERP well and then work towards fixing that problem. I’ve seen companies admit they weren’t using ERP well and then lose interest in using it better. I’ve also seen a common thread between the companies who excel in selecting/using ERP, and those that don’t. The ones who excel have the expertise to develop a good strategy and execute it, or they admit they don’t have the expertise and they get help. They view the cost of getting help as an investment that has a payback. The ones who don’t excel aren’t aware they don’t have the expertise, so they never get the help they need. They view the cost of getting help as an expense.

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    The Best ERP for Medical Device Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/7/21 10:00 AM

    Medical device manufacturing ERP requirements

    Medical device manufacturers need specific functionality in their ERP system. The functionality requirements fall into three main categories: in-depth abilities to handle cradle-to-grave lot and serial traceability; integrated quality control; and extensive abilities to meet demand requirements and schedule the associated work orders to build-to-stock, build sub-assemblies, and produce finished goods.

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