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Engineer-to-Order (ETO 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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Engineer-to-Order (ETO 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.

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  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 Read More

Quote-to-order: The Major Players in the Manufacturing Arena


The latest generation of quote-to-order systems uses knowledge-based software to help reduce an organization’s dependence on its highly skilled experts. The ability to harness a company’s intellectual property and know-how helps build competitive advantage.

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  developed, or may develop, systems that provide for some, or all, of the functionality of Q2O product suites. Internally developed application integration and process automation efforts will continue to be a principal source of competition for the foreseeable future. In particular, it can be difficult to license Q2O products to a potential customer whose internal development group has already invested substantially in, and made progress toward completion of, the systems that Q2O products are intended to Read More

From Shoestring Budget to Millions: The Road Ahead for an Enterprise Management Software Vendor


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systems for the custom engineer to order eto  enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems with respect to features and capabilities for project-oriented businesses, the market has lately become more focused not only on the need for Web-based applications, but also on the need for intuitive role- and process-based user experiences (see Easy ERP: A Challenge to Conventional Thinking and Portals: Necessary But Not Self-sufficient ). The lack of a fully Web-enabled system might for some time have hindered Deltek''s potential growth objectives, and so the Read More

ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part Two: ETO versus Repetitive Differences


ETO-oriented (engineer-to-order) systems must facilitate the near real time transfer of information and complex product knowledge for collaboration across the extended enterprise. It should especially be suited to organizations that seek to maintain complex selling relationships, such as businesses whose procurement and sales functions rely on subcontractors, channel partnerships or a distributed sales force.

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  Repetitive Manufacturing In rigid systems for repetitive manufacturing, implementing a change to a BOM or routing would require canceling all the affected open, closed, and in-progress orders and re-creating them with the new information. This in itself can create countless hours in administering the ERP system. As mentioned earlier, project manufacturers have frequent changes imposed upon them in the midstream, and, if the ERP system can cope at all, it should be able to provide the rationale to the Read More

ETO Manufacturers Issue a Challenge to ERP Vendors


Perhaps you may have not heard the term engineer-to-order (ETO) before, but perhaps your business is one of thousands that designs and builds custom equipment that is very precise, adheres to very specific tolerances, is highly technical, and produces low volume and, generally speaking, expensive products. Some examples of such products include ships, aircraft, production machinery, etc. The

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  on-site, mobile employees ERP systems that are project oriented—that indicate due dates, key deliverables, and milestones displayed in Gantt format the ability to manage materials and schedules at subcontractors BOMs that can be used as a basis for production control, but for the purpose of estimates ERP systems that are not only schedule- and date-driven, but that include task and job time estimates the ability to link BOM, purchasing, and scheduling modules with AutoCAD integration between QA, Read More

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?

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  multiple disparate order entry systems. Understanding the Status Quo To really understand how an order promising application can impact your business, it is important to understand the process for promising orders that exists in most companies today, as summarized in Figure 1. Figure 1. Click here to view larger version The clock starts ticking when the customer calls in their order. A simple question is asked, When can I have my order? The customer service representative attempts to contact the Read More

Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM


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systems for the custom engineer to order eto  the designer''s intent. PDM systems are vaults for storing and updating data, which replace paper-based processes and information storage with a single, centralized data repository that enables authorized users throughout a company to access and update current product information, while ensuring they follow specific procedures. However, PLM is an overarching strategy of guiding the product throughout its entire life cycle, and it also entails much more than CAD and PDM, allowing collaboration amongst many Read More

Product Developers Need to Shift to an All-Digital Mindset


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systems for the custom engineer to order eto  innovation management, portfolio management, systems engineering, digital manufacturing and simulation, technology publications, and supplier collaboration. Over the past several years, 3D printing, a type of manufacturing using digital models, has already proven of value in several manufacturing industries because it helps reduce production and development time. A major car manufacturer, for example, has used this method to dramatically reduce the time to produce new engine parts. As another example, an Read More

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In keeping with its strategy to move everything to the cloud—and to the in-memory SAP HANA platform—SAP recently announced plans to move the Ariba Network to HANA by the end of 2014.

systems for the custom engineer to order eto  Network to Move to SAP HANA In keeping with its strategy to move everything to the cloud—and to the in-memory SAP HANA platform—SAP recently announced plans to move the Ariba Network to HANA by the end of 2014. With 1.5 million companies in over 190 countries conducting over half a trillion in commerce on an annual basis, the Ariba Network is by far the largest and most global business-to-business (B2B) trading platform in the world. And with the move to HANA, it is expected to become the fastest Read More