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Selecting ERP for Engineer-to-order Manufacturing

Source: IFS
Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was not designed for a project-oriented environment like engineer-to-order (ETO). How do the needs of ETO manufacturers differ from more traditional manufacturers? And how can an ETO manufacturer go about selecting ERP software that truly meets their needs for project visibility and control? Download this white paper to find out more.



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Creating a Modern, Effective Manufacturing Environment with ERP

In today's manufacturing industry, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have become ubiquitous. In fact, Aberdeen's 2014 Business Management and ERP Benchmark Survey found that 97% of leading manufacturers use ERP, in comparison to 88% of followers. But just because an organization has implemented ERP, it does not mean that they are getting the most out of their technology environment. Rather, top-performing manufacturers ensure that their ERP solution is being used to its fullest extent by their employees, in roles that spread across the organization. Further, these modern manufacturers may supplement their solutions with supporting technology that exponentially increases the benefits that are received from the functionality and data contained within ERP.

Continuous improvement has long been a cornerstone of the manufacturing industry, and in that spirit, today's top performers must find ways to extend ERP in order to compete effectively in the modern environment. This report identifies the challenges that face the modern manufacturing environment and illustrates how Leading manufacturers make ERP a foundation for efficiency, effectiveness, and growth.

TEC 2015 Certification Report NetSuite ERP Discrete Manufacturing

The NetSuite ERP suite boasts a number of firsts. It was the first enterprise solution to be offered in the cloud, and it is currently the number 1 cloud business software solution available on the market. As the world’s most deployed cloud ERP system, NetSuite ERP caters to a number of vertical industries, including discrete manufacturing.

NetSuite ERP is a comprehensive solution that has been designed to meet all the business requirements of a manufacturing company producing discrete products. The solution therefore affords discrete-product manufacturers capabilities such as global multi-plant and multi-site management, materials production planning, demand planning and forecasting, costing, shop floor, and project-based manufacturing. It also addressed financial, marketing, as well as sales needs.

NetSuite’s goal in its product is to provide manufacturers with an innovative, comprehensive product to help them smoothly run their operations, make intelligent and informed decisions, and delight their customers.

In the TEC Certification Report you’ll get an in-depth look at the product’s redesigned user interface, which is based on 3 years of research with customers, dashboards and portlet improvements, and other notable improvements in the procurement, financials, accounting, supply chain, and other manufacturing realms.

Find out how NetSuite ERP compares with solutions on the market in the major functionality areas for ERP for discrete manufacturing—and how it can support your all current business processes.

Epicor ERP 10 Certification Report

Epicor ERP version 10 by Epicor is now TEC certified in the discrete manufacturing ERP, mixed-mode manufacturing ERP, ETO manufacturing ERP, SMB manufacturing ERP, ERP for distribution, financial packages, and accounting and small business software spaces.

Epicor ERP is an enterprise-wide solution that is capable of supporting medium and larger businesses in functionality and scalability while remaining user friendly, with a distinct and unambiguous logic that even relatively inexperienced ERP software users can easily learn and comprehend.

Epicor ERP version 10 is focused on the manufacturing, distribution, and services industries, and also supports the many narrow areas within these industries. The software is capable of handling many manufacturing styles, including assembly-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-stock, and make-to-order, as well as mixed-mode manufacturing.

Epicor states that version 10 of its ERP brings the best of both the niche and generic types of ERP solutions together, as it is capable of filling the gap between vertical niche solutions that are highly focused and specific to certain vertical industries, and bigger, more generic ERP applications that tend to support global customers indirectly through partner networks and provide nonspecialized but common functionality such as financials.

Based on TEC's ERP software comparison data, Epicor is one of the richest and most complete manufacturing ERP products, and the same can be said for the realm of financial applications and solutions for small business.

Find out more about the product in the Epicor ERP certification report, including a detailed look at Epicor ERP's support for critical processes, product highlights, a roadmap of future product development, and detailed functionality graphs comparing the product to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas of the software arenas in which the product has been certified.

What Has Changed in Wholesale Distribution: 2015 and Beyond

Things are changing in the wholesale distribution world. In the customer-connected era, customers expect orders to arrive complete and on-time regardless of the fulfillment flows involved. Keeping up with the changes and being prepared to stay competitive in 2015 and beyond means investing in better technology, as becoming more automated and integrated in capability and analytical tools enables companies to provide a seamless, unified, and connected customer experience.

This research report from Aberdeen examines this growing need to change business processes and invest in technology that enables wholesale business transformation and integration. Read the report to learn more about the technologies smart wholesalers are implementing to optimize their order, inventory, and fulfillment processes, and keep up with customer demands in 2015, including new wholesale logistics formats and the control tower approach, integrated processes and technologies that supports a seamless flow of product from end to end. Learn about how an integrated end-to-end solution with automation and mobility capabilities can enhance business revenue and allow for increased sales performance.

WorkWise Role-Based ERP Certification Report

Role-Based ERP (RB-ERP) by WorkWise is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for discrete manufacturing solution space. The RB-ERP solution supports multiple discrete manufacturing processes including engineer to order, configure to order, make to order, and make to stock. The RB-ERP customer base spans many manufacturing verticals, including vehicle product manufacturing; equipment manufacturing; metal forming, stamping, and assembly; build-to-order; and plastics manufacturing.

RB-ERP is accessed via workbenches that are customizable to match the user’s job function and role within the organization. The workbenches are not just a user interface layer, but are built on top of an application framework. The workbench designs make it possible for users to navigate and work across a broad range of operations quickly and efficiently.

There are a number of other tools and modules that stand out in the RB-ERP solution. For example, the RB-ERP mobile metrics tool, which provides mobile access to more than 200 pre-calculated metrics. And the product configurator within RB-ERP, which is much more powerful than the configurator tools normally delivered with an ERP system in this price range.

According to TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm, although outside of the Midwest, WorkWise RB-ERP and the Oncontact CRM solutions are not very well known, "this well-kept secret needs to be let out so that manufacturers know there is a very capable and cost-effective alternative to the well-known job shop and mid-market manufacturing ERP solutions."

Find out why in the Role-Based ERP TEC certification report, including key product differentiators, a detailed look at support of processes and new functionality with the latest version of the RB-ERP, and detailed functionality graphs comparing the product to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing.