Why Project ERP Solutions Often Fall Short
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In a recent study conducted by IFS North America, where ERP manufacturing professionals of middle- to large-market manufacturers were asked about their ERP solutions, more than one-third of respondents indicated that they have no integration between their project management software and their enterprise system, even though the great majority consider the use of set projects to manage tasks and procedures to be a necessity. IFS's Charles Rathmann explains the study's key findings regarding existing issues in project management functionality in ERP systems, and how to use this information for making smarter ERP purchasing decisions.
ERP Selection in Aerospace and Defense: How Modularity Supports Industry Transformation
There is danger in assuming that what you perceive at first glance embodies the total issue. If you are navigating a naval frigate in Arctic waters, you know that an ice formation on the horizon may look relatively small, but warrants close attention as it might be a massive, drifting iceberg with most of its bulk hidden beneath the water line.
When it comes to selecting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for asset-intensive industries such as aerospace and defense (A&D), there is a tip of the iceberg dynamic at play. The issue is that the A&D industry is transforming from being solely engineering and manufacturing oriented to focusing on asset availability services. Increasingly, A&D companies are judged on product availability and performance over product life cycles that might last 50 years.
ERP Software Review: Sage X3
This TEC Certification report is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review on Sage X3 and its support for ERP processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Sage X3 for ERP functionality for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, manufacturing for small to medium businesses (SMBs), non-manufacturing services, and distribution industries, as well as for financial packages, and reviews the product’s support capacity for functionality such as:
- Human resources
- Manufacturing management
- Inventory management
- Purchasing Management
- Quality Management
- Sales Management
Sage achieved the TEC certified status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which also contains an independent analyst’s review of the solution based on a demonstration provided by Sage.
TEC Senior ERP Analyst Aleksey Osintsev’s review describes pertinent features of Sage X3 including the workflow and support of ERP processes and ease-of-use and user interface of the solution. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.
Sage X3 functionality includes financials, sales, customer service, procurement, inventory, and manufacturing management, and it is capable of managing all aspects of a modern business. The product offers a Web-based interface, allowing access from PCs and mobile devices. It also combines global management capabilities for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) with a high level of configurability to meet company-specific processes, user roles, and preferences.
Download this ERP software review for a product analysis, comparison, and in-depth commentary, and to learn more about how Sage X3 can help manufacturing, distribution, and services upper mid-market companies expand their business and enter new countries and regions, and even those operate globally.
Why CFOs Must Lead the Charge to Modernize the Business—Now
Enterprises need greater transparency into the streams of data illuminating imminent market opportunities and market risks. They need systems that scale in step with the organization’s organic and inorganic growth. They need technology assisting a more intimate customer relationship.
This white paper posits that it’s up to the chief financial officer (CFO) to work with IT to modernize the business before the consequences of inaction impact the enterprise.
Also outlined are five reasons that CFOs should lead the push towards modernization of business processes and software, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI).
ERP Software Review: Adeaca's Advanced Projects for Microsoft Dynamics AX
This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software report examines ERP for services software by Adeaca for Microsoft Dynamics AX. It assesses Adeaca’s Advanced Projects for Microsoft Dynamics AX, looking at ERP software functionality, its potential for project-driven companies, and more.
According to Elliott Ichimura, Microsoft Global Service Industries Director, “Adeaca is one of only five Global AX ISVs [independent software vendors] engaging service industries worldwide.”
TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm reviews Adeaca’s Advanced Projects, using the TEC Focus Indicator to see how the ERP for services software compares to the industry average in key functionality criteria. These include:
Take a peek at the Advanced Projects ERP solution with visual glimpses at the portfolio performance dashboard and advanced planning screens.
- Portfolio and project management
- Resource planning and scheduling
- Opportunity, contact, and contract management
- Time and expense management
Download the full ERP for services software report for Adeaca’s Advanced Projects for Microsoft Dynamics AX for in-depth analyst assessment, commentary on using Advanced Projects versus a more traditional ERP setup, and comparison visualization.
ERP Software Review: Infor M3
This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software review report examines ERP software by Infor and its support for ERP processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Infor M3 for ERP functionality for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturing, engineer-to-order manufacturing, and fashion industries, as well as for accounting functionality. This ERP software review considers the product's support capacity for functionality such as:
TEC senior analyst Aleksey Osintsev reviewed Infor M3 in action and offers up his insight on its pertinent features including the workflow, ease of use and user interface and outlines Infor's implementation process, support model, and target user base.
- Manufacturing management
- Inventory management
- Quality management
- Purchasing management
- Sales management
Infor M3 is a full-scale and functionally rich ERP software solution suitable for many types of manufacturing and distribution businesses—in particular complex manufacturing, fashion, distribution, chemicals, equipment, and food and beverage—oriented toward medium-sized to large global companies with multi-language, multi-company, and multi-currency requirements.
According to Osintsev's review, Infor M3 is a thoroughly modern product that demonstrates good support for business requirements in a multi-everything type of manufacturing and distribution environment.
Download this ERP software review report for product analysis, comparison, and in-depth commentary, and to learn more about how Infor M3 can help manufacturing and distribution businesses with complex structures.