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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    Why Switch from Infor VISUAL to Infor CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine ERP?

    By Tim O'Brien on 11/24/21 10:00 AM

    Should you switch from Infor VISUAL to Infor CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine ERP?

    The team at Visual South often discusses that question, both internally and with our customers, and the answer varies. The fact is, you need a reason to switch. A real business reason (or reasons). Otherwise, it will be difficult for “to order” manufacturers to justify the ROI to replace a highly functional ERP application like Infor VISUAL.

    If VISUAL is working fine for you, there may be no reason to move. If you think you can better utilize VISUAL ERP, our team can help. But if you have maximized VISUAL’s functionality and scalability, it might be worth switching to CloudSuite Industrial SyteLine. But let’s validate that case together.

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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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    Is QuickBooks an ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/16/21 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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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/30/21 10:00 AM

    What is Infor SyteLine ERP software?

    Infor SyteLine (recently rebranded as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI) ERP software is Infor’s ERP offering for small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors. For more than 30 years, SyteLine has been used by manufacturing-centric companies for managing their business activities. SyteLine scales from as small as a 15-user single site up to hundreds of users across multiple sites, divisions, and multiple companies.

    Topics: ERP selection
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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP Pricing and Budgeting Tips

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/29/21 10:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial/SyteLine ERP Pricing – How It Works

    Whether you are working with an Infor Channel Partner or Infor Direct, you’re using the same pricing data. There are no dealer markups or first-line support charges like those that value-added resellers (VARs) typically pass on to their customers.

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    Infor ERP Software: Everything You Need to Know

    By Jack Shannon on 9/23/21 10:49 AM


    Contents

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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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    ERP Evaluation: 4 Questions to Ask to Get the Right System

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/8/21 10:00 AM

    ERP software evaluations provide answers to your questions

    Visual South assists companies with ERP system evaluations and implementations every day, and has since 1993. It’s what we do and we have been through the ERP evaluation process hundreds of times.

    However, many customers may only evaluate ERP software every 10 to 15 years. The ERP selection team members may have never evaluated software, or may have done so only once before. This leads to the development of many different processes -- some are good and others not so good. The Visual South team can help regardless.

    Topics: ERP selection
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