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.
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have to seek out ERP systems that will plan and account for activities before and after the factory activity. Thus, through the Program Cost Accounting, Project Accounting, Project Definition and Project Resource Planning sub-modules, to name only some, an ETO focused vendor should take a holistic approach to the needs of project-driven manufacturers. This should address the entire process life cycle, beginning with the bid and estimating processes, all the way to installation and service management,