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Small Manufacturers Have Options: VISUAL Jobshop Now Available in LT and Premier Editions

26 August 2003, Hampton, NH (USA) —Small engineer-to-order and make-to-order manufacturers have been able to choose a superior solution when it comes to affordable manufacturing software: VISUAL Jobshop®. With easy-to-learn Windows features, customizable reports to manage operations, and integration with well-known accounting packages, this solution has been steadily gaining more customers with each new release. Lilly Software understands the limited technology options for small companies that want to gain a competitive advantage. That’s why it is now offering two editions of this popular package: VISUAL Jobshop® LT and VISUAL Jobshop® Premier.

Designed as a solution for companies with under 10 employees, VISUAL Jobshop LT provides the essential tools that users need in order to manage critical data about parts, Bills of Material, routings, customers, and suppliers. With information in a single system, companies can maintain consistency throughout their operations. By using the integrated sales, purchasing, and work order management features, users can also standardize their business processes. Real time information, part maintenance, managerial tools, and shop floor and inventory control are all part of this extremely affordable package. VISUAL Jobshop LT has database support for Microsoft Access® and integrates with Intuit’s QuickBooks® Pro/Premier/Enterprise, as well as Pastel® Software, and Peachtree® Accounting.

The Premier edition offers companies more performance-enhancing technology at a cost-effective price. Designed for manufacturers with 5-30 employees, this package integrates tools for quoting and estimating, order entry, inventory control, labor collection, shipping, and invoicing. Labor data collection is now a standard feature, along with lot tracking capabilities, finite and infinite resource scheduling, advanced material planning tools, and user authority control. With the Premier edition, users also can perform part specific unit
conversions and track dimensional inventory. VISUAL Jobshop Premier supports Access as well as Microsoft SQLServer™ databases, and integrates with the same financial packages as LT, in addition to MYOB® and QuickBooks® Basic.

With this new offering, Lilly Software provides state-of the art manufacturing systems that address the needs of companies ranging from the smallest start-ups to international multi-site entities. Both VISUAL Jobshop solutions provide immediate business advantages, and users can seamlessly upgrade from LT to the Premier edition without losing any data during a system transfer. Lilly Software developed Jobshop to be part of a manufacturer’s long-term business strategy. Not only can a company transition from LT to Premier, but when it requires tools for more advanced tracking and production control, it can migrate database information, and system skills, to a comprehensive ERP and supply chain product, VISUAL Enterprise™. Jobshop offers a natural growth path and an easy transition into a larger end-to-end solution, enabling companies to avoid the steep learning curve that results when implementing a new solution.

“We designed VISUAL Jobshop LT so that the smallest manufacturers could get exceptional value without spending a lot of money,” says Sam Pollard, Manager of Lilly Software’s Small Manufacturing Division. “We also developed several new features into the Premier edition, including the standard labor data collection module with optional barcode scanners, lot tracking, and advanced inventory control tools. Customers consistently tell us that Jobshop’s Getting Started Wizard makes it easy to set-up and that they see direct benefits from streamlining tasks and accessing real-time data. This is exactly why we built this solution; we wanted it to be flexible and accessible for our users. Both editions help small companies eliminate redundant data entry, improve production performance, and grow their business without adding administrative staff.”

VISUAL Jobshop LT and VISUAL Jobshop Premier include helpful tools and services to facilitate implementation, such as a free initial support period, a Getting Started Wizard, context-sensitive help, screen cam demonstrations, and online guides. Both editions are also available in Spanish. Visit www.lillysoftware.com/visualjobshop/ for more details, product comparisons, and order information.


About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.


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