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Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP) Software Evaluation Report

The engineer-to-order (ETO) enterprise resource planning Software Evaluation Report supports the requirements of companies that manufacture products based their customers' unique engineering designs. Companies building ETO products require special processes for estimates, purchasing materials, engineering changes, cost allocation and tracking, and ongoing work with customers. 

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Top 10 Risks to a Configuration Project and How to Avoid Them


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To ERP or Not to ERP (In Manufacturing, It Isn't Even a Question)


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