3 Reasons VISUAL ERP is Better Than Legacy ERP Software

In order to truly understand what sets VISUAL ERP apart as the best enterprise resource planning software available today, it’s important to first understand its evolution. Like most modern technology, VISUAL has undergone a dramatic transformation throughout the years—thanks to multiple factors such as evolving technology, consumer demand and the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

When the idea of ERP first came out in the 1970s it was known as MRP—Material Requirements Planning. At the time, MRP was a “push” system in that the software catered to manufacturing companies focused on forecasted demand. The concept of MRP was to help streamline shop performance by forecasting material to buy, keeping up with demand. While it worked perfectly when demand remained steady, the problem with MRP was that it was incredibly inefficient when demand slumped. Manufacturing goods only to have them sitting on a shelf is a waste of time, money and space. Most systems started with the concept of MRP early on, but as you can see, it didn’t take long for its inefficiency and unreliability to shine through.

Fast-forward to today where the concept of MRP has morphed into ERP, but is now overshadowed by the endless benefits of VISUAL ERP. The following are just examples why VISUAL ERP is more efficient than legacy ERP systems:

1. Customized Work Flows

Companies following mix-mode manufacturing methods are known for employing both push and pull processes. Mix-mode means both making to order and making to stock. It typically involves making stock assembly of a particular project, while the final project itself is scheduled to order.

When you’re building to stock, you’re attaching a single part # to many pieces that may end up sitting on a shelf until they are needed. If you’re building to order in a legacy ERP, you must create a part # for everything you make—which in turn can clutter up your part master. Another way to seriously clutter up your part master involves buying material you’ve never bought before or don’t intend on ever buying again. Most systems would require you introduce the information for this non-stock item into your parts master; a process many will agree is a giant pain in the rear.
VISUAL ERP, however, allows you to purchase these non-stock items and create custom work orders without having to input all of the information in to the parts master. VISUAL was originally designed for custom manufacturing, whereas almost all other ERP systems are designed with MRP as their roots.

2. Total Transparency

Every ERP system will claim the ability to shorten lead times. Don’t buy into all the brouhaha. VISUAL ERP does what no other does—it offers complete and total transparency into your shop performance. VISUAL allows for simulations and what-if scenarios, in order to garner useful information on how to shorten on-time deliveries, as well as understand how tweaks to your scheduling can increase profitability and therefore impact your bottom line.

VISUAL will tell you realistically when a product can be shipped for delivery because it has the ability to see constraints before they happen. VISUAL signals where the bottleneck is—and then gives you suggestions on how to fix it. Other ERP systems allow for drag and drop on a Gantt Chart, but offer ZERO information as to why and how your scheduling impacts your overall shop performance and profitability. VISUAL will tell you if problems will occur, what the problem is, how you should fix it and then gives you the results well before you execute to the shop floor.

3. Real-Time Material Planning

The olden days of MRP leaned heavily on pre-determined formulae that took into account quantity of material on hand, how much you need to meet forecasted demand, and how long it would take to buy or make more. MRP would also tell you when you should purchase or make more material. This would, as a result, help you determine your purchase orders and work order flow. The problem with this method is that you’d have to run this MRP formula each and every time before you know how it impacts your plan. And if the formula isn’t run each and every hour, the end result is a shop making material planning decisions based on stale information.

VISUAL updates material plans in real time—meaning you’ll have an accurate portrayal of your shop needs as soon as a purchase order is received, as soon as material is scrapped, as soon as anything happens. Other ERPs can lead you to buy materials you needed yesterday. VISUAL knows your needs right now!

At Synergy, we believe Visual ERP possess the following unique attributes:

  • Ease of Use
  • Flexible
  • Functionally Rich and Robust

Together, these three characteristics can help give you full visibility of your actual costs and potential throughput—which in turn allows you to price your products aggressively, as well as make promises of on-time delivery you can keep to new and existing customers. If you’re interested in improving the performance of your business, contact us today to see what Visual ERP can do for you.

Synergy’s Mark Lilly presented at the Mantec Business Growth Conference!

Synergy’s Partner and Director of Sales & Marketing, Mark Lilly, presented at the Mantec Business Growth Conference in Harrisburg, PA today.  His presentation topic was “Using LEAN and ERP Software for World Class Performance” which was very well received by the audience.  In addition, Synergy sponsored an exhibit table which was staffed by Synergy team members to meet with conference attendees.

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Experience Infor VISUAL 8!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11 AM ET*

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Infor VISUAL
Virtual Town Hall

The next release of Infor VISUAL, version 8, continues to harness the Infor 10x technology stack and places key decision-making information at your fingertips in an easy-to-understand, “visual” format. Join us for this interactive meeting where Richard Lagoy, Director of Product Management, and Frank Maglio, Director of Development, will provide a live, detailed look at the new features and functionality of Infor VISUAL 8, including innovative new capabilities in the area of data views and analytics, enhanced SoHo navigation, mobile automation, and solution integration.

Topics will include VISUAL Splash screen URL links, VISUAL Analytics, VISUAL Views, enhanced navigation, enhanced document lifecycle, VISUAL AutoRun, APIs, Activities and Alerts, user- sponsored enhancements, and much more. In addition, see what exciting new enhancements are currently on the drawing board for future version 8 release updates.

Don’t miss your chance to see how this new release will continue to help your company increase productivity and drive quality into every aspect of your manufacturing operation. We look forward to spending some quality time with you!

* Webinar duration is 60 minutes

Synergy to Exhibit at HOUSTEX 2015

Synergy is exhibiting at HOUSTEX 2015.  We will be located in booth 2167.  Please stop by to visit us.

As a valued client we are pleased to provide you with free exhibits only admission to HOUSTEX 2015.

BUT DON’T DELAY! Register today and take advantage of this offer. This offer is only valid by using the link below.

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Manufacturing is experiencing a tremendous expansion of growth and innovation. HOUSTEX 2015 provides the means to fuel and strengthen that expansion.

HOUSTEX 2015 is an immersive experience, featuring hundreds of exhibitors highlighting the latest manufacturing technologies, and new interactive opportunities. Attendees will enjoy scores of new product demonstrations, hear experts share insights on industry trends, and make connections that can take their company to the next level.

From hands-on demonstrations to thought-provoking special events, HOUSTEX 2015 is at “The Heart of Manufacturing.”

Synergy Awarded Infor Manufacturing Partner of the Year for FY 2014

Advanced Interconnections Customer Announcement

Advanced Interconnections Corp. President, Michael J. Murphy, made the following customer announcement on January 26, 2015.

Advanced Interconnections Corp. is excited to announce the launch of our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, powered by Infor VISUAL, on March 1, 2015. Selected for its lean scheduling and focus on manufacturers who specialize in engineer-to-order (custom) and adjust-to-order (customized) products, VISUAL will replace our current ERP software and many separate databases with one integrated system that will dramatically improve efficiency and response time throughout the company.

The implementation represents the culmination of a year-long business process improvement project which has already achieved a significant increase in on-time delivery and a comprehensive overhaul of our internal data and systems. We look forward to moving into a new project phase in March, leveraging the proven results of more than 5,000 VISUAL implementations across North America, to focus on lead time reduction and continuous improvement.

Andy Pratico Presented at the North Shore Chapter of APICS Meeting on November 11, 2014

The North Shore Chapter of APICS welcomed Andy Pratico on November 11th to present “How to Select ERP Without Losing Your Mind (or your job)”.  Andy’s energetic presentation kept the crowd actively engaged in discussions while his wit kept them laughing.  Comments at the end of the presentation were all very positive and the APICS leadership team has requested Andy to present at future meetings and events.

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Andy Pratico to Present at the North Shore Chapter of APICS Meeting on November 11, 2014

The North Shore Chapter of APICS is welcoming Andy Pratico this November 11th to present his fresh approach to ERP selection. Survey after survey indicates that 75% of companies are dissatisfied with their current ERP systems.

There are plenty of theories why implementations have problems:

  • Poor planning or no planning at all
  • Top Management not involved or did not fully commit to the project
  • Unreliable data
  • Lack of training or implementation assistance
  • Poor selection process
  • Lost project momentum
  • Business processes are not corrected

All of the above may contribute to implementation failure, but the key reason is more fundamental. The problem is that the legacy selection process that is commonly used is flawed. 

The most important factor in selecting a new system is: to make sure your company will be successful with the new system. Over the past 30 years, Andy has worked with hundreds of manufacturers. During this time he has seen many successful ERP implementations, but sadly even more that have failed.  To increase their probability of success, Andy has developed a new approach that avoids the pit falls of the traditional process used.

REGISTER ONLINE for the APICS presentation to learn more or follow the links below. Space is limited, please register online by 5:00 pm Friday, 11/07/14 or call Bruce Netten at 781-438-2466.

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A Marketer’s Guide to Choosing ERP System

Choosing an ERP system is a challenging task, because it’s a tricky process. There’s a plethora of vendors offering ERP business solutions and each has a set of unique features. But, the baseline is arguably the same. Many businesses invest in heavy ERP business solution packages just for the sake of getting an ERP system. It’s exciting until the point of realization that the company has chosen the wrong or overloaded ERP system.

The selection of an ERP system has to be spot on. If you get it wrong, it backfires with overheads increasing more than ever before. As complexity creeps in, you end up messing with your organization’s business processes. So, how do you come up with a strategy to evaluate, assess, and select a suitable ERP system for your business?

Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1 # Set up a committee: Get all the decision makers in your organization on the table. Make them understand the importance of evaluation. Utilize their leadership skills. Elect a leader. It’s not a department project or a responsibility. It has to be a collective effort. Leaders of all departments must offer evaluation suggestions. Make sure all the decision makers take some time out to think through the evaluation process.

Step 2 # Tag the Problems: Figure out the flaws or loopholes in your business process. Asses if there are any infrastructure challenges. What are the possible challenges in implementing an ERP system? Do you have the resources available for the smooth operation of the system? Conduct a survey among your employees for a reality check. This gives you a fair idea of the challenges at the implementation level.

Step 3 # Define your purpose: What is it that you want from the ERP system? Why are you buying one in the first place? Is it to better your business process or improve your return on investment? Will the staff be using this software? Who will have complete access to the software? Define your purpose as it gives your project a better vision.

Step 4 # Choose a vendor: No need to look further. However, it is best to choose an industry specific vendor. For example, Synergy Resources offers Visual ERP business solutions that focus on improving business processes for the manufacturing industry.

Conclusion

Use this guide to cash in on an apt ERP system best suited to your manufacturing business. Make sure you find a VISUAL ERP business solution that suits your needs perfectly.

4 Critical Things to Remember While selecting an ERP System

It is critical, they say, and they mean it. Is your business really in need of an ERP system? And, is selecting an apt ERP system a problem that you are facing? What to look for in an ERP system? How do you define your business needs in an ERP system? How to figure out which ERP solution provider is the best? Synergy Resources of course! Do you need a packaged ERP system or a customized one? What is the cost of an ERP system? How will it serve my business interests? Will it be a successful investment?

These are the questions every small, mid, or big sized company faces. Take a deep breath, you aren’t alone. Though it’s a strategic decision every organization makes, many companies can’t really figure out the probable. It’s all about evaluation, selection, and implementation.

So, how do you go about the ERP selection process? Here are the 5 critical things to remember when choosing an ERP system for your business:

#1 Evaluate: Get the top management, experts, and end users on the evaluation committee. Different departments in your company face unique sets of challenges and ground realities. Bring them to the table. At the end of the evaluation process, everyone should be on the same page.

#2 Assess: While assessing, ask the questions – How are your business processes performing? How big is your scale of operation? What’s doing well? What are the flaws in the process? What is the status on overhead?

#3 Establishing Criteria: Do you have a plan in place? What is it that you want from your ERP system? What gaps and discrepancies are you trying to exploit through the ERP system? Base your selection process on priorities and begin by placing the most important thing at the top of the list, then follow with the rest.

#4 Vendor selection: How to figure out which vendor is the best? It’s simple and easy. You need to look no further. Ring us for a “know-how” call now and you will know why. Synergy Resources carries the legacy of the first ERP ever made and the company has never looked back.

Conclusion

When selecting an ERP system, focus on 4 critical things for a successful ERP implementation. Use this guide for successful ERP implementation.