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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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Monitoring Your Business Vital Signs: A Guide for Engineer-to-order and Project-based Manufacturers


Keeping track of your key business indicators is the difference between a thriving business concern and a business on life support. But even with this knowledge, one-third of chief executive officers (CEOs) feel they don’t spend enough time reviewing financial and operating numbers. But is spending more time agonizing over piles of data really the best solution?

engineer to order concept eto  Project Based Outsourcing , Engineer to Order . The ability to keep track of your key business indicators is the difference between a business that is thriving and a business that is on life support. Yet according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Trendsetter Barometer, one-third of CEOs at fast-growth companies feel that they are not spending enough time reviewing financial and operating numbers.1 On the other hand, nine percent of fast-growth CEOs think they are spending too much time personally reviewing Read More

ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part One: Event Summary


Users increasingly look for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for a specific business, since software that combines industry-specific functionality with the flexibility to accommodate each company's unique processes goes a long way toward improving the functional fit and the speed of implementation.

engineer to order concept eto  flaws. These include close engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing collaboration and management to collapse product lifecycles; project management and scheduling capability; the ability to compare actual and estimated costs; and revenue recognition and progressive billing by milestones. Management of an immense number of engineering changes; strong estimating and quotation capabilities that include freight and duty; support for subcontracting (or nowadays less popular word outsourcing ); and part Read More

It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)


Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations, particularly larger ones. TEC analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes you on a guided tour through workflow automation—or business process management (BPM)—and shows how these solutions can help ensure standardized adoption of processes, with highlights on several key BPM vendors.

engineer to order concept eto  are assigned to the engineering department to estimate the effort entailed to implement the requested feature. Based on the estimate and other criteria, some new features are then assigned to the engineering or research and development (R&D) departments for implementation. Upon implementation, the new feature is assigned to the QA department for testing and approvals. Finally, based on the QA results, a new feature is returned back to engineering for a rework or is scheduled for production (or general Read More

ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part Three: User Recommendations


Companies that are project manufacturers, engineer-to-order (ETO), build-to-order, jobbing shops or contract manufacturers should think carefully when selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Given the maturity of the ERP market, its ongoing consolidation, and that fact that competitive advantage is hard enough for manufacturers to find, they should not compromise on their requirements.

engineer to order concept eto  has to contact the engineering department for a product code or for the price or cost of a product, sometimes waiting days for a response. Needless to say the standard master data becomes bloated because each product variant has to have a separate stock item code, BOM, and routing as if it was a standard stock item and not a once-off made customized product (for example, a special color or gauge thickness). As a result, the ill-fated user company would have to literally close down operations so that the Read More

The Essential Components of Quote-to-order Application Suites


Modern quote-to-order suites provide customers and suppliers access to design, planning, and material data. This enables users to proactively understand various aspects of a project, as well as reduce planning time, document activities, and promote communication throughout the engagement cycle.

engineer to order concept eto  allowing companies to keep engineering and product development experts dedicated to their assigned tasks rather than being constantly disrupted by the sales cycle. On the other hand, guided buying and selling become integral components for any organization that wants to sell simple-to-complex products and services over the Internet. As discussed earlier, historically, the Internet has not been a viable channel for products and services (please see part one of this series, The Basics of Quote-to-order Read More

Using SumTotal Systems to Build a Structured Approach to Learning and Development


Murray Metals Group, an independent UK-based metal business, needed to develop a structured approach to learning across the organization and build a consistent learning program across all 20 geographical locations. Murray Metals Group chose SumTotal® Learning Management to act as a central learning management resource, thereby successfully establishing a learning and development capability within the organization. See how.

engineer to order concept eto  SumTotal Systems to Build a Structured Approach to Learning and Development Murray Metals Group, an independent UK-based metal business, needed to develop a structured approach to learning across the organization and build a consistent learning program across all 20 geographical locations. Murray Metals Group chose SumTotal® Learning Management to act as a central learning management resource, thereby successfully establishing a learning and development capability within the organization. See how. BE Read More

Building an ERP Taskforce: How to Select the Best Team to Ensure Success


The first step in any enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation involves bringing together the team that will plan and implement the project—your ERP task force. But who should be a part of this task force and why? Selecting the right people is imperative and can play a major role in determining the success or failure of your ERP effort. Find out about what you should beware of when assembling your team.

engineer to order concept eto  an ERP Taskforce: How to Select the Best Team to Ensure Success The first step in any enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation involves bringing together the team that will plan and implement the project—your ERP task force. But who should be a part of this task force and why? Selecting the right people is imperative and can play a major role in determining the success or failure of your ERP effort. Find out about what you should beware of when assembling your team. Read More

The C-Suite's Guide to Moving to Google Apps


Google Apps can help improve your business, but it’s important for the C-Suite to prepare for the switch by developing an implementation strategy before the actual switch to Google Apps occurs.

This white paper provides answers for the common questions that may arise before you make the change to Google Apps, and addresses specific areas of concern that each member of the C-Suite might have before and during the system changeover. Learn how to deal with potential issues such as access and security controls, recurring costs, how software as a service (SaaS) functions, and how browser-based access will allow for easier telecommuting. Read in depth about how Google Apps will help your organization with compliance, archiving, document management, and what updates for data sharing and terms of service operations really mean for your business.

Each of the CIO, CFO, CLO, and COO members of the C-Suite may have their own concerns, specific to their areas of expertise. These are addressed as well. Potential and projected overall benefits to each member of the C-Suite as a result of Google Apps implementation are also highlighted. Read this Google Apps white paper as the first step to facilitating a smooth transition. With the development of a strategy across the C-Suite, you’ll maximize the benefits of Google Apps for your entire organization.

engineer to order concept eto  C-Suite''s Guide to Moving to Google Apps Google Apps can help improve your business, but it’s important for the C-Suite to prepare for the switch by developing an implementation strategy before the actual switch to Google Apps occurs. This white paper provides answers for the common questions that may arise before you make the change to Google Apps, and addresses specific areas of concern that each member of the C-Suite might have before and during the system changeover. Learn how to deal with Read More

To ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question


Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, your organization no longer must be bound to a one-size-fits-all ERP solution. One can pick and choose from the best of the best from ERP component vendors to fit your needs.

engineer to order concept eto  ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question To ERP , or not to ERP , that is the question: Whether ''tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous ERP vendors , Or to take arms against a cloud of component solutions …   Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, the words of the Bard of Avon (updated for the present day) might be Read More

Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.


According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011. While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings.

engineer to order concept eto  BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For. According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011 . While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings. So, if your organization already has a BI or BA Read More

It’s All about Security: Things to Know Before You Open the Doors to Smartphones and Tablets in Your Enterprise


Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may be putting your corporate information at risk. Lost or stolen smartphones that are not password-protected, or information in corporate e-mail or business applications transmitted wirelessly but not encrypted, can all too easily expose confidential corporate data. Download this white paper to learn about key strategies for protecting your enterprise mobile devices and the sensitive data they contain.

engineer to order concept eto  All about Security: Things to Know Before You Open the Doors to Smartphones and Tablets in Your Enterprise Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may be putting your corporate information at risk. Lost or stolen smartphones that are not password-protected, or information in corporate e-mail or business applications transmitted wirelessly but not encrypted, can all too easily expose confidential corporate data. Download this white paper to learn about key strategies for protecting your enterpr Read More

Keys to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues


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engineer to order concept eto  to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues Although the industrial equipment market has been growing, based on strong customer demand, companies cannot rest on their laurels. Manufacturers and distributors must keep adding value to maintain existing contracts and win new business. They must be efficient enough to meet new demands while maintaining margins. Discover solutions that can help total industrial solution suppliers stay profitable during this expansion. Read More

End-to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow


To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that enable growth. That’s why IT needs end-to-end infrastructure views that reveal issues as they happen, and track trends that predict future needs. But how can IT create unified views of the environment without draining critical resources?

engineer to order concept eto  to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that enable growth. That’s why IT needs end-to-end infrastructure views that reveal issues as they happen, and track trends that predict future needs. But how can IT create unified views of the environment without draining critical resources? Read More

From Local to Hosted: The Story of One Company’s Migration to On-demand ERP


Here’s the inside story on how an international manufacturer using a traditional, local enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution shifted gears to end up with an on-demand, remotely hosted ERP system. It wasn’t the change the company originally intended, but the benefits proved too overwhelming to resist.

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Order Promising: Pre-Condition Your Enterprise for Operational Excellence


Simple questions often have complex answers. Whether they are speaking with you on the phone or placing an order on a Web storefront, your customers expect immediate gratification. They want to know when their order will ship the moment it is placed. How do you respond?

engineer to order concept eto  Promising: Pre-Condition Your Enterprise for Operational Excellence Why Is Order Promising Important?    When can I have my order? Can you ship it tomorrow? Tell me now. Simple questions often have complex answers. Whether they are speaking with you on the phone or placing an order on a Web storefront, your customers expect immediate gratification. They want to know when their order will ship the moment it is placed. How do you respond? How do you balance customer delivery requirements against your Read More