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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

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

Selecting an ERP System: Checking Customer References

Posted by Katie Foley on May 31, 2017 2:15:00 PM

A customer reference check is one of the most important steps in selecting an ERP system. You may think that a customer reference is a waste of time because of course the vendor would set you up with a happy customer. However, a reference call or visit can provide a lot of useful information and customers are usually very honest during these calls. 

First, it’s a good idea to get some background information on the customer reference. How big is the company? How long have they been in business? Are they in the same industry as you? At Visibility, we try to set up our prospective customers with other customers in the same field so that their businesses have the most in common. An onsite customer reference visit can also be very useful when there is another customer in the same geographic area as the prospective customer. 

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Topics: ERP

Three Ways to Fall in Love with Your ERP System

Posted by Katie Foley on Feb 14, 2017 10:15:00 AM

 

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Topics: ERP

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