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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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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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Quality Management in ERP: Download Free Infographic

Posted by Katie Foley on Feb 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Visibility has just released a free infographic download on Quality Management in ERP. Our infographic highlights our Quality Managment solution's product highlights, features of the solution, a look at what Quality Management in Visibility looks like and more! Be sure to click on the button at the bottom of this blog post to download our free infographic. 

Before you decide to download our Quality Management infographic, here's a brief introduction on Quality Management in ERP and why it's so important:

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Choosing An ERP System: ERP Implementation Method

Posted by Katie Foley on Nov 28, 2016 10:28:00 AM
Some ERP vendors can implement in a matter of months, while others can take years. A lean implementation method will ensure that your company is up and running on the new system and seeing a return on investment as soon as possible.

Remember, not all vendors implement and train customers the same way. What methods of training will be the most successful for your team? On-site? Over the web? With documentation? Or a mixture of all of the above? Here are some of the benefits of each of the ERP implementation methods listed above:

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Topics: ERP

ERP Implementations and Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Katie Foley on Nov 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Have you ever wondered what your favorite fall holiday and ERP implementations have in common? Whether you have or haven’t, these two things have more in common than you might think!
  1. There are many choices on the table. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans to name a few of the many choices offered on Thanksgiving day. When it comes time to search for an ERP system, you are also faced with many choices. There are many ERP vendor choices out there and each vendor has many options when it comes to choosing an ERP system and tailoring it to your company’s needs.
  2. It brings people together. Thanksgiving brings family and friends from near and far together much like an ERP system brings together people within a company. This can be done in two ways. First, the ERP implementation process requires people from all departments to work towards the common goal of implementing a new ERP system (much like a family comes together to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner). Second, an ERP system allows for a business that may have been running several smaller systems concurrently or running a different ERP system at different locations, to come together on a single business system. Now a manufacturing plant with 3 locations in 3 different states, can be tied together in real time through the ERP system.
  3. It takes time and patience to prepare. If you’re an impatient cook, Thanksgiving dinner is probably not something you should be hosting! A large turkey can take hours to roast in the oven, and whipping together the various side dishes also takes time, patience, and planning. Similarly, if you are an impatient team leader, you’re best to not be on the ERP implementation project. From choosing an ERP vendor to creating an implementation plan to training your employees on the system, an ERP implementation does not happen overnight and it requires hard work and dedication to get through the challenges you may face.
  4. You should focus on a mix of staples and unique add-ons to meet your needs. A Thanksgiving dinner requires the “staples” such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. However, not all Thanksgiving dinners are exactly alike as every family has their own unique traditions, much like ERP systems. Yes, you have the “staples” such as Accounting, Inventory, Purchasing, and more. But when it comes to optional modules, every company has unique needs and priorities. Are analytics important to your business? Then business intelligence might be the add-on you choose. What about being able to capture information in real time from the shop floor? Then a Warehouse Management System might be your top priority.   
  5. When it’s done right, it’s very satisfying. There’s nothing better than a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in my opinion. For a business, there’s nothing more satisfying than finding and implementing an all-in-one ERP solution that increases productivity and improves efficiency across all aspects of your business. It might take a little time, patience, and dedication, but when you see the return on investment there's nothing quite as satisfying. 
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ERP Implementations: Trick or Treat?

Posted by Katie Foley on Oct 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Maybe this is your company’s first ERP implementation, or maybe just your company’s first ERP implementation in a very long time. Are ERP implementations a trick, or a treat? Well it depends on who you ask. Depending on how you approach an ERP implementation, it can be a trick or a treat!

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Benefits of Using An ERP System: To ERP or Not To ERP

Posted by Jaclyn Aldrich on Sep 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

To ERP or not to ERP, that is the question.

Believe it or not, there are still many good sized well established manufacturing companies that have not implemented a true Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Many of these organizations are running their businesses using spreadsheets. While spreadsheets are valuable in many situations, they do not carry the value of a fully integrated ERP solution. These companies often say they want to purchase and implement ERP; however, they are too busy or they believe it will be too costly.

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Topics: ERP

ERP Software's Last Frontier

Posted by Katie Foley on Sep 7, 2016 9:30:00 AM

My family capped off its summer with a trip to Alaska, which is also known as “the Last Frontier.” Our Alaskan adventure started in the southeast Alaskan town of Ketchikan and continued up through Hoonah, Juneau, Skagway, Seward, and ended in Anchorage. Each day was filled with exhilarating excursions, including ATV-ing, rafting, and off-road jeeping, as well as spectacular sights, such as glaciers, snowcapped peaks, and wildlife.

The name the last frontier couldn’t be more fitting for Alaska, as it truly is America’s last frontier- there is so much land that is left completely untouched. And it got me thinking, where is ERP’s Last Frontier?

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Topics: ERP

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