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Tying the Shop Floor to the ERP System
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) on the shop floor is critical. High-performing manufacturers have found that full integration of real-time operational data

compare erp system application  so they can easily compare results in different facilities and strategically determine product design and order fulfillment. They also extend Plex Online to their suppliers. Because the system is integrated, suppliers can directly ship products to OEMs on behalf of the producer. Using the Plex Online EDI module, they can send advanced shipping notices (ASNs) , submit electronic notifications, create POs, and initiate shipping. Customers receive the ASNs before the products arrive. ERP Success Plex Online

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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The Steel Manufacturing Industry: What Use Is an ERP System, Anyway?


TEC regularly works with companies to identify the right software vendors for their industry and particular needs. I’m going to provide you with information about ERP systems and how they relate to steel industry requirements (note: you can always consult our Vendor Showcase to find out more about specific software vendors). An ERP system is typically considered to be a company’s IT

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


ERP software helps integrate management, staff, and equipment, combining all aspects of the business into one system in order to facilitate every element of the manufacturing process. ERP groups traditional company and management functions (such as accounting, human resources [HR], manufacturing management, and customer relationship management [CRM]) into a coherent whole. Manufacturing management also includes inventory, purchasing, and quality and sales management.

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Enterprise Financial Application Software: How Some of the Big ERP Vendors Stack Up


Contrary to what vendors may contend, not all of them are able to supply a cost effective solution that satisfies the critical requirements of an organization. In this case study from a recent selection engagement for a large series book publisher, we size up Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Lawson in terms of corporate viability, vision, product functionality, technology, and cost.

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How Does Your ERP System Architecture Address Change?


In today’s competitive market, businesses are living in a constant state of change—especially in the services sector, which has to contend with a more fluid “people resource” factor. Yet most installed ERP solutions are falling short. Why are nearly half of all businesses essentially blowing their annual ERP budgets to support change? And what are software vendors doing about it? Find out now, in TEC’s 2008 Market Comparison Report.

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Cost-effective ERP Software: Five Secrets to Stretching Your IT Budget


Outdated applications and countless integration challenges leave you little time to provide the kind of IT support your business needs. You need world-class ERP software within your budget and time horizon. In other words: an affordable and flexible ERP solution that can be implemented quickly, adopted rapidly, and maintained easily. Working with a tight IT budget? No need to despair. Get in on these five secrets and get the most for your IT spend.

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SAP ERP: ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing) Competitor Analysis Report


The enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services knowledge base is appropriate for organizations in service-oriented industries. It consists of enterprise-wide integrated information systems that manage the operations, services, and resources of non-manufacturing organizations.

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IFS Applications (v. 7.5) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


IFS Applications (v. 7.5) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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SAP ERP: Process Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report


The process enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base anticipates as many factors as possible to assist businesses in the process manufacturing field, which typically involves mixing, separating, forming, or performing chemical reactions (for example, paint manufacturers or refineries). The knowledge base includes criteria for determining batch control and reporting, formula and routing, and material management capabilities. It also provides information for other enterprise management modules such as human resources and financials.

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Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturers in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Mid-market/Enterprise ERP Solution Comparison Guide


Because optimized resource planning helps to maximize business agility and revenues, the functions and applications referred to collectively as enterprise resource planning (ERP) are some of the most business-critical. Once you’ve surveyed the ERP market and prioritized your business needs, this comparison guide from Focus Research can help you craft your best possible shortlist of candidate offerings and vendors.

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