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Cloud or On Premise ERP

Posted by Scott Cranford on Mar 23, 2018 10:49:06 AM

To deploy a cloud based ERP solution or a more traditional on premise ERP solution? Why not do both? Well, at least have the alternative to choose one or the other, right?

Let’s take a look at some of the factors in deciding on how to decide on cloud or on premise ERP. 

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Topics: Technology, ERP

Finding the Pot of Gold at the End of the ERP Implementation 

Posted by Katie Foley on Mar 9, 2018 11:30:00 AM

This weekend many of us will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is held on March 17th each year to commemorate the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has become a day to celebrate Irish culture by wearing green, listening to Irish music, eating corned beef and cabbage and of course drinking beer. ERP implementations and St. Patrick's Day have more in common than you might think! 

Leprechauns, the creatures of Irish mythology, are often associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Of all the leprechaun myths, the story of leprechauns burying a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow is perhaps the most famous. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, how can we find that “pot of gold” at the end of the ERP implementation?

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Topics: ERP

ERP Notification and Approval System: A.K.A. Workflow

Posted by John Nugent on Mar 7, 2018 3:05:00 PM

One struggle facing any business is how to maximize efficiency in transactions involving multiple employees. After all, most businesses aren’t one person shops. Often times, approvals are needed at various levels in the organization in order for a transaction to take place.

In the manufacturing context, purchaser Paul may need supervisor Sally’s approval for the purchasing of parts exceeding a certain dollar amount. The problem is that the Sally may be busy on the shop floor, in a meeting, or on vacation in Cabo. The customer isn’t going to be happy if they don’t receive their order on time because Sally was on the beach enjoying a piña colada and an expensive part didn’t get ordered because she didn’t approve it.

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Topics: ERP

Recommendations for Attending Software Vendor's Customer Conference 

Posted by Jaclyn Aldrich on Feb 21, 2018 10:15:00 AM

ERP conference season is almost upon us! Whether you will be attending our 2018 Visibility Customer Conference in Nashville or another software vendor's customer conference, here are my tips for ensuring a you gain value from attending your software vendor's customer conference. 

  1. If you don’t already know, which you should, find out who your Account Manager is and if they will be attending the Customer Conference.
  2. Set up a brief meeting with your Account Manager at the start of the conference or schedule a call the week before the conference (recommended).
  3. Be sure to cover the following topics during your call:
    • Discuss your objectives for the conference
    • Determine which sessions are a MUST
    • Find out if the Vendor offers a lab of product experts that you can meet with 1 on 1 while you are there.
      • Schedule a meeting(s) in advance as these face to face consulting opportunities are a must.
  4. If multiple people from your organization are attending, divide up to cover the sessions that are most important in meeting your objectives.
  5. Type up notes following the sessions so that you have action items that you can understand when you return to the office.
  6. Schedule an internal meeting to determine next steps based on what you’ve learned.
  7. Follow-up with your Account Manager on a quarterly basis (or meaningful timeframe) following the conference to ensure you are continually improving your use of your software based on your evolving business needs.

Think you might like to join us in Nashville this year for VCC 2018? Visit our VCC 2018 homepage to learn more! Or click on the button below to register today. 

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Topics: Customers, Company

The 12 Week ERP Implementation

Posted by Scott Cranford on Feb 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Foremost Industries LP, an Engineer to Order (ETO) manufacturer of industrial energy equipment and mobile equipment implements in 12 weeks.

“We implemented a brand new ERP solution under our original budget and in just 12 weeks! We really did it.”, comments Foremost’s Dave deGraaf.  Adding “We are dealing with several business issues. When your products are engineered-to-order, you are dealing with a large cycle time. We need to be able to track costs, materials and labor associated with building products of this nature. We need centralized data and require access to real time information associated with these products. With we get all of that plus, there is more visibility into our entire supply chain and we have seen a big boost in streamlining our operations. Providing a solid foundation for optimized productivity and efficiency, has freed up time and resources to allow Foremost to pursue further methods for increasing profit margins and satisfying customer needs.”

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Topics: ERP

Top Ten Reasons to Attend VCC 2018

Posted by Katie Foley on Jan 23, 2018 9:09:50 AM

The Visibility Customer Conference season is upon us! We are particularly excited about VCC 2018 as we have a brand new format planned.


We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should join us for our 2018 ERP conference in Nashville this April: 

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Topics: Customers, Company, ERP

What is IoT and How it Affects ERP

Posted by Katie Foley on Aug 28, 2017 2:05:00 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term I’ve heard a lot in recent years and never took the time to fully understand it’s meaning. So what is IoT? IoT is a network of physical objects that are embedded with software, sensors, and other network connected technology that allows the physical objects to collect and communicate data.

It's not as complicated as it sounds. You’ve probably experienced some IoT enabled devices already. Some common consumer product examples of IoT:

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Topics: Technology

Industry 4.0: How ERP Can Help With Industry 4.0

Posted by Katie Foley on Aug 15, 2017 9:15:00 AM

This is our third post on the topic of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing. Our first post address what Industry 4.0 is at a high level, how it is defined and where it originated from. Our second post took a look at the steps companies can take to achieve Industry 4.0. Our third post will specifically address how ERP can help with Industry 4.0. 

ERP software for manufacturing organizations results in greater productivity, improved efficiency, and high flexibility – all principles that are at the core of achieving Industry 4.0. Here are some of the features of Visibility ERP that can help your organization achieve Industry 4.0:

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Topics: ERP

Selecting an ERP System: ERP Contract Review

Posted by Katie Foley on Jul 31, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Once you narrow in on a preferred vendor, ask the vendor to send you contracts to review thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.

Although we recommend a comprehensive review of the contract your company’s legal team, here are five areas to focus on when reviewing an ERP contract:

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Topics: ERP

Industry 4.0: How to Implement Industry 4.0

Posted by Katie Foley on Jul 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In our second post in our Industry 4.0 series, we will address how your manufacturing company can implement industry 4.0.

Here are the steps your company should consider taking in order to work towards Industry 4.0:

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Topics: Manufacturing