Visibility Blog

PROJECT VISIBILITY - WHAT THE TO ORDER COMPANY NEEDS

Posted by Scott Cranford on May 29, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Project manufacturers require management information to insure timely delivery and an on-time, on-budget outcome. Project manufacturers also require speed and fiscal timeliness of their project managers and financial managers to ensure no delays or financial obstacles. There are many critical aspects to each project which managers must be on top of. Examples like project, customer, status, time and costs. Using these dimensions, several measures need to be viewed to include actual and estimated hours and costs along with other data.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, ERP, Project Accounting

Key Challenges for Project-Based ETO Manufacturers

Posted by John Nugent on May 16, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Many Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacturers operate their business on a project basis managing and delivering activities outside the normal product costing models. There are typically a handful of projects in process at any one time, yet they can be sizable and often last a year or longer. Unable to carry the financing on these projects, these manufacturers employ progress billing to maintain cash flow.

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Topics: ERP, Project Accounting

The REIMAGINED User Experience

Posted by Scott Cranford on May 8, 2018 3:00:00 PM

At the beginning of the annual Visibility Customer Conference, Visibility 2018 was launched and announced as being available for general release. This is the most significant update and upgrade to Visibility's flagship ERP solution in the history of the company. At the center of Visibility 2018 is a completely redesigned and reimagined user experience; a user interface that offers a truly intuitive and productive experience. 

The center of the Visibility 2018 universe is the Visibility Portal. Users can now create their own unified workspace to include Visibility 2018 applications, links, favorites, workflow messages, activities and a news feed. Visibility 2018 is entirely mobile device friendly and runs on any device, any browser, from anywhere. Available as either a Cloud or on premise deployment, Visibility 2018 empowers the end user with improved user experience tools:

  • Global Search. Navigating through a traditional menu is no longer necessary with the Global Application Search. Type or say part of what you are looking for and that application is presented to the user. 
  • Multi-Tab. Like all contemporary web applications, each Visibility 2018 application window opens in a new tab, further improving user productivity. Visibility 2018 takes full advantage of the significant screen real estate offered with modern, multiple displays. 

 

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Topics: Technology, ERP

VISIBILITY TWO STEPS INTO NASHVILLE

Posted by John Nugent on May 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Last week we held our annual Visibility Customer Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only was it one of the most fun filled and memorable conferences we've had, but we are pleased to say that this was one of our largest attendances in years. 

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Topics: Customers, Community, Company, ERP

ERP Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance 

Posted by John Nugent on Mar 29, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Many manufacturers are public companies, and even more manufacturers are private companies that may one day be acquired by a public company. For some mid-market manufacturers in particular, the ultimate goal may be acquisition by a larger public company.  All of these companies should be aware of and mindful of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and ensure that their ERP software solution includes built in tools to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.  In fact, all manufacturers should consider implementing procedures to ensure their compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley in order to meet industry standards regarding best practices.

Individual business processes including management controls are subject to a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audit. When it comes to Sarbanes-Oxley, ERP software is a tool which, when effectively combined with appropriate procedures specific to an organization, can deliver the necessary management controls to pass Sarbanes-Oxley muster.

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Topics: Manufacturing, ERP

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

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 VISIBILITY.net 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 VISIBILITY.net 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, VISIBILITY.net 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.

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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