VISUAL, which is now owned by Infor (formerly Lilly), continues to be ahead of the game when it comes to ERP systems technology.
Two decades ago, VISUAL was one of the first entrants into the ERP market that offered a truly integrated visual finite scheduling tool, along with workflow.
Well Rounded Functionality
During an ERP Selection with a client in the services industry, our independent ERP consultants were impressed with VISUAL’s ability to meet the technology needs of its customers. Initially, VISUAL was created for the traditional American job shop.
VISUAL works with I-Pad’s, I-Phone’s, Androids, and other devices with apps that can be downloaded. A conversation or workflow can be linked to Twitter as well. This eliminates the need for a broadcast Email.
VISUAL’s Business Intelligence (BI) toolset can be updated real time throughout the day or at night in a traditional batch mode. The ION toolset allows for easier (less programming) integration with non-infor software applications. Also, it is very easy to create dashboards, reports, and change field names, as well as add fields.
The primary focus of Infor’s VISUAL application is organizations under $100 million in revenue that are manufacturing, distribution, and service organizations. This overlaps with Infor’s Syteline which has a focus on organizations $25 million or greater.
Features of ERP for Service Sectors
One of the key capabilities for the service industry when utilizing events and projects is the ability to create a quote and order using a configuration tool. This can be a powerful in working with new customers to change quotes on the fly, and modifying at a later date.
The ability to take an order and create the WBS (work breakdown structure) with one click eliminates the need to rekey the information. VISUAL also allows the order to be reconfigured if the underlying task has not been started.
For these reasons and more, our ERP consultants anticipate VISUAL will continue to stay ahead of the game.