Thursday, April 29, 2010

Understanding Types of Manufacturers - this is chapter two of How to Choose A Right Sized Manufacturing System -

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How To Choose a Right Sized Manufacturing System
Dave Brown, President and CEO of MISys wrote a very interesting book called "How To Choose A Right Sized Manufacturing System". For those of you who had an opportunity to obtain a copy know that the book takes Dave's 30 years of manufacturing experience in both the field of manfacturing and manufacturing software design, to explain to both accounting practitioners and manufacturers how to navigate the complex terms and operational challenges of picking a manufacturing software sytem and then using those features to run a successful manufacturing company. If you missed the original book we are publishing portions of it here for download in our MISys blog or by going to our web site and linking to our RSS feed. You can see the first installement, "What do you want to accomplish" by clicking here: More installements to follow in our blog and via our Twitter feed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winner of our Disney Trip
Pat Donnelly of Oak State was our big MISys winner of the trip to Disneyworld in Orlando. Not only did Pat go but he took three others from his accounting department with him. Pat says about the trip, “On Day one we, traveled to Orlando and Disneyworld. The next day we headed for Animal Kingdom after purchasing the last four umbrellas and then to Hollywood studios. It rained the entire day but the lines were great. On day two the sun came out and all was well other than the lines. I have never seen so many different kinds of strollers and hope to never see another one. This was of course at the Magic Kingdom. Then, to escape the screaming kids we went on to Epcot. Day three we relaxed in Downtown Disney, toured around the Boardwalk and some of the other Disney properties. To summarize the trip, it was great other than the reoccurring stroller nightmares. “

Congratulations to Pat and the accounting crew at Oak State and their successful trip and return from the world of Disney.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dateline Woodstock
Now generally we don't think of Vermont as having a lot of monsters. But as it turns out, our safe little state is home to a whole zoo-full of incredible creatures. Champ is here, of course, and he, she, or it, has many aquatic cousins. Like Memphre in Lake Memphremagog. And "Elmo" in Lake Elmore. And of course Crystal Lake's little known "Ms Crystal".Then there are the mythical land dwellers.Down south we've got "The Bennington Monster". Up in the Northeast Kingdom, there's 0ld Slipperyskin. And folks tell me something extraordinarily weird is lurking on Black Mountain in Addison.But, in honor of this special time of year, I was determined to find something truly out of the ordinary. So I started asking around. Most people looked at me askance, but I'm used to that. Finally, I spoke to my friend Howard Coffin, who answered without hestation and in just one word: "Cronchers". Turned out Mr. Coffin is something of an expert on Cronchers, having written about them on several occasions.So today I want to introduce you to a real rarity, Vermont's so-called "Sidehill Croncher".These elusive monstrosities are said to reside within the deep, remote, almost forgotten Chateauguy wilderness near Bridgewater. Considered very dangerous, Cronchers are an unlikely hybrid: part deer, part wild boar. According to Mr. Coffin's description published by The Rutland Herald in 1966 - and I quote - "the Croncher has... short tusks, dark dirty brown hair, weighs at least 100 pounds, [and] has hooves with prominent dew claws." Unquote.It seems that Cronchers are well adapted to Vermont's hilly landscape as their legs are shorter on the right side than on the left - an adaptation that allows them to graze more comfortably on steep hillsides. Because of this evolutionary peculiarity, they must always travel in a counter-clockwise direction... and would fall over if they turned around. Although they can move at extremely high speeds, people can easily escape them by running straight up or straight down the slope. The Croncher will not be able to attack because it would have to circumnavigate the entire hill in an effort to catch up.Possible sightings of Sidehill Cronchers (or Crevida Scrofa) have been reported in Stockbridge, Ludlow, and maybe on Mt. Mansfield. But make no mistake, these animals are rare - so rare, in fact, that no one has ever seen one.
Used with permission from Joe Citro
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Friday, April 09, 2010

Have you tried the MISys RSS feed lately? We have started a series of whitepapers on our RSS feed on How To Choose a Right-sized Manufacturing System. So far three papers have been published. If you are a MISys customer or a MISys partner just log in on the MISys web site and click on the RSS feed in the lower left hand column.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010