How To Select the Right ERP System

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/9/22 10:00 AM

    A big decision that you want to get right

    If your company is thinking about getting or actively evaluating new ERP software, then you’re probably in a quandary about how to balance priorities and needs. Selecting the right ERP system for your company means finding one that’s not the most basic, not the most complex, not the cheapest, not the most expensive…. you get the picture. It can be tough to determine which one is a perfect fit. And to complicate matters, an ERP solution is typically a generational decision. Ideally, your company will use it for decades to come, so choosing the best ERP means being able to extract benefits from it now and way down the road.

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    Infor vs. SAP: Why We Chose Infor

    By Jack Shannon on 11/6/22 1:33 PM

    Infor vs. SAP

    SAP is arguably the most recognized name in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and it is ranked number one in ERP revenue. Its ERP product is designed to serve the Tier 1 market. The best way to define the Tier 1 market is to think in terms of a Fortune 1000 company. The revenue of a company that makes this list is defined in billions, not millions. In 2020, the company that ranked last on the list was Liberty Oilfield Services, with revenue of $1.99 billion.

    Infor is arguably the least recognized name in ERP software. At one point its marketing campaign used the tagline, “The largest ERP company you never heard of.” Large it is—its annual revenue is $3 billion making it the third largest ERP company in the world. It serves customers in the Tier 1, 2, and 3 markets.

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    Infor VISUAL ERP: In-Depth Review

    By Jack Shannon on 11/4/22 1:07 PM

    An Exhaustive Look at Infor VISUAL's Functionality

    Note: This blog was updated in 10/2020 to reflect some major changes in version 9.x.x. See the end of the blog for updates.

     

    Why would any manufacturing company want VISUAL ERP?

    Actually, that’s an easy question to answer. There are three reasons:

    1. Value: You will not find an ERP product with more depth and breadth of functionality at the same price point.
    2. Ease of use: VISUAL is built by software developers, but the interface was developed by designers to focus on ease of use. The screens are simple and intuitive, yet answers to your next question are in a secondary (child) window or are a simple click away.
    3. Focus: VISUAL is designed for small-to-medium sized manufacturers who create work orders to make or repair items. If this doesn’t describe your company, Infor VISUAL will not be a fit for your manufacturing company. If this does describe your company, keep reading—VISUAL may be exactly what you're looking for. 
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    ERP Software Requirements for Make-to-Order vs. Make-to-Stock

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/26/22 10:00 AM

    Differences between make-to-stock and make-to-order manufacturing

    These two manufacturing modes are just what you’d assume. Make-to-stock manufacturing is where finished goods are built to inventory. The demand associated with make-to-stock is typically driven by a forecast. Additionally, a mix of forecasting, inventory quantities driven by planning policies, and actual demand can drive planning and scheduling for make-to-stock manufacturers.

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

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/29/22 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.

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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/28/22 12:45 PM

     

    What is SyteLine?

    Infor SyteLine ERP software (also known as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI when deployed in the Amazon cloud) 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.

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    What Companies Use SAP’s ERP Software?

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/28/22 10:00 AM

    What is SAP?

    SAP is a technology company that has been around a long time and offers what is often regarded as the top ERP software in the world. SAP ERP is built primarily for large companies in a variety of industries. Companies that are household names (e.g. BP, Coca-Cola, BASF, Audi, Burger King, and Citrix) very likely use SAP’s ERP software somewhere in their operations.

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    Is There a Best ERP for Manufacturing? Not Really.

    By Jack Shannon on 9/26/22 10:00 AM

    We’re good, but are we the best?

    Visual South sells ERP for manufacturing-centric companies. More specifically, we sell Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) and Infor VISUAL ERP. My experience with VISUAL goes back decades: When I was a plant manager, I bought and implemented VISUAL; I was a VISUAL consultant for years; and I’ve taken deep dives into CloudSuite Industrial.

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    ERP Requirements for Sign Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/14/22 10:00 AM

    Sign manufacturers have specific business system needs

    What sign manufacturers have in common with other types of manufacturers is that they have to plan for material requirements, schedule jobs, and execute the production of those jobs. That being said, sign manufacturers have numerous requirements and needs that are unique to their industry. In this article, we’ll review how those unique requirements can be addressed with sign industry software, or sign manufacturing software.

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    How to Select a Mixed Mode Manufacturing ERP

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/17/22 10:00 AM

    What is mixed mode manufacturing?

    A mixed mode manufacturer is a company that does not have a single manufacturing process. It is typically a combination of one or more of the following modes of manufacturing:

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