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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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Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean


There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there are a few relatively simple steps that will help any enterprise make its supply chain lean. In this article, we will touch on these simple measures—measures that any company can take.

make to order operation erp  efficient on products that make sense to manufacture in large quantities and to be responsive to products that are best handled as special orders. An enterprise application ought to offer tools that allow production to become pull-based, facilitating processes like kanban . Strong kanban functionality will allow companies to pull products through their supply chain, thus leaning the supply chain, minimizing work in process, maximizing responsiveness, and avoiding stock piling of finished goods. Read More

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 collected from the shop floor to the top floor is key to reducing costs, streamlining operations, and improving customer satisfaction. Learn how integrated ERP brings manufacturers improved quality, increased production throughput, less scrap, and other benefits.

make to order operation erp  floor. Integrated ERP systems make plant floor activities more visible to all employees. In fact, Kors Engineering has found that most companies learn more about their systems the first day they bring their equipment online than they''ve known after decades of operation. Plex Online has the industry''s most comprehensive quality management and supply chain management functionalities. It has the capabilities needed by medical device manufacturers to manage problem controls, cost recoveries, traceability, Read More

One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1


My recent series of tutorial articles entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” and “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains” have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback. Along similar lines was the series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service) entitled “Integrated Workforce

make to order operation erp  Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1 My recent series of tutorial articles entitled  “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis”  and  “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains”  have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback. Along similar lines was the series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service) entitled  “Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Read More

How to Evaluate a Sales and Operation Planning System


The features available in today’s sales and operations planning (SOP) systems make these systems indispensable assets for an organization. Reporting tools and graphical representations are just a couple of these key features. Find out what else to look for in an SOP system.

make to order operation erp  powerful SOP system can make the difference between the success and failure of an SOP cycle. SOP systems are very useful to senior management, as they allow a “bird’s eye view” (an overall view) of the health of the whole organization. With its graphical representations and dashboards, an SOP system is an indispensable tool for any organization. The software market is becoming increasingly competitive, which is having a positive effect on the SOP products available. Today, SOP systems have many Read More

The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management


Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must cost-effectively eliminate the issues preventing on-time, accurate order fulfillment. This involves every process, including planning and forecasting, acquiring and creating accurate orders and contracts, handling order changes, and resolving fulfillment and post-delivery problems.

make to order operation erp  final quotation. Pricing Functionality Make sure you have the pricing processes and technology capabilities that enable you to execute pricing strategies tailored to each customer and/or sales channel based on your selected criteria. Pricing rules and data must be maintained centrally, accessible by field sales and telesales professionals. In addition to price lists, your application should be able to handle pricing for promotions, specific customers, and contracts. Contract Management An integrated Read More

Ross ERP (V 7.0.3) Is TEC Certified for Process Manufacturing ERP


TEC is pleased to announce that Ross ERP (V 7.0.3) by Aptean is now TEC Certified for process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP). Ross ERP aims to address the unique needs of process manufacturers, such as complex inventory management (including the complexities around variable raw material inputs), backward and forward lot trace, recipes/process specifications, quality test results, product costing, and sales pricing/bracket pricing.

make to order operation erp  tracing capabilities that really make the solution stand out from the crowd. The TraceExpress tool (delivered as part of Ross ERP) provides a graphical display of the manufacturing process—a user can easily view product from inbound deliveries through to outbound shipments, as seen here.   Figure 2: Ross ERP TraceExpress screenshot   Along with extensive functional capabilities, Ross ERP has solid business platform support, including workflow tools, reporting, document management, and user interface Read More

Changing Perceptions on ERP Strategy


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there's still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them.

make to order operation erp  Perceptions on ERP Strategy Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. But there''s still a common perception that ERP is a luxury—and a high-risk implementation. The key to successful implementation of an ERP system that will adapt to your needs is a strong ERP strategy. This report examines changing perceptions around ERP strategies, and how best-in-class companies develop and maintain them. Read More

Epicor ERP (v. 9.05): ERP for SMB Certification Report


Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small to medium businesses (SMBs) in TEC's ERP Evaluation Center. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

make to order operation erp  ERP (v. 9.05): ERP for SMB Certification Report Epicor ERP Software System (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small to medium businesses (SMBs) in TEC''s ERP Evaluation Center. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary. Read More

ERP: Justifying the Cost


Many benefits accrue from deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Many of these are tangible or quantifiable in nature; you can calculate the savings immediately. However, other benefits may not be quantified so easily, but they are also important. This whitepaper looks at both tangible and intangible benefits of deploying an ERP solution and attempts to give you good justification for the costs involved.

make to order operation erp  Justifying the Cost Many benefits accrue from deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Many of these are tangible or quantifiable in nature; you can calculate the savings immediately. However, other benefits may not be quantified so easily, but they are also important. This whitepaper looks at both tangible and intangible benefits of deploying an ERP solution and attempts to give you good justification for the costs involved. Read More

Are ERP Workarounds a Terrific Way of Shooting Yourself in the Foot?


Are ERP workarounds a terrific way of shooting yourself in the foot? TEC Analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu says “There’s no way to avoid ERP workarounds. And yes, they’re a problem.” TEC Analyst Jorge García says “No they’re not.” Managing Editor David Clark attempts to moderate (just a wee bit too late).

make to order operation erp  to be consistent and make sure others are using the same rules as you are, by creating internal rules and workflows. Jorge Here’s my take: An essential step in the software selection process is to match your functionality requirements with product functionality offering. If this match is perfect (which is extremely unlikely), that’s great—but if not, it is necessary to consider workarounds as part of the process, and to be prepared to deal with them both during deployment and during production. Exte Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part Three: Costs of Implementing an ERP System


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make to order operation erp  other user customizations can make it very expensive or even impossible to upgrade. Additional costs must then be incurred to ensure the customizations work with the latest upgrade. As shown in the example estimates in figure 3.4, a ratio of .25 has been used for total annual costs related to ERP software. A phased implementation approach may mean that additional software must be purchased. A data collection system, for example, may be implemented as part of a second phase. Hardware. Ongoing hardware Read More

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make to order operation erp  tools is sufficient to make these consultancies successful. User Recommendations Customers evaluating EAI and B2B solutions should include BEA Systems on a short list of vendors to be considered for the creation of a custom solution. As companies are rapidly realizing, e-business is a cost effective way to facilitate transactions with customers and suppliers, and cannot be ignored any longer. EAI vendors provide many proven methods to improve business, particularly in the B2B and extended supply chain Read More

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