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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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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.

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.

Infor LN for ERP Certification Report

Infor LN is a best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution built to provide companies with a strategic platform for growth and innovation. It is specialized to support micro vertical industries while optimized for complex, global operations.

Infor LN 10.3 by Infor is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing and engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing in the ERP Evaluation Center, as well as for online evaluation of financial packages in the Accounting and Financial Management Evaluation Center.

Infor LN offers a robust business platform based on advanced technology to support company-wide operations. It includes components that support analytics, a social collaboration environment, and a mobile workforce.

This report provides product analysis, comprehensive functionality comparison with the average ERP solution on the market, and in-depth analyst commentary. You’ll learn about Infor LN’s mission, target market, and business strategy, as well as the product’s key differentiators in a highly competitive ERP market. Infor LN is well suited to organizations that manufacture complex products and operate on a global scale.

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For decades, VARs have been an important channel for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like computer manufacturers and software vendors, to reach customers. The “value-add” can simply be to provide local implementation and hands-on support or it can involve adding other hardware, software, and services to tailor the OEM’s product to a specific industry, problem, or use. In many markets, customers prefer buying from VARs instead of directly from OEMs, as VARs are closer to the customer, offer local support, and are in a better position to develop long-term relationships.

The VAR business model has been attractive in the past, as it was profitable to resell OEM products. Over the past decade, however, product margins have been shrinking as the result of several long-term trends. In this report, learn about five strategies for making the transformation from VAR to solution provider. The changes needed require a new view of the business and a new mindset, to move from a deal mindset to long-term customer relationships, become invested in customer success, and transition from cash up front to realizing revenue over the life of a contract.

Quality in Discrete Manufacturing: End-to-end Quality Ensures Satisfaction and Reduces Costs

Based on a survey of more than 200 respondents, this report explores how discrete manufacturers approach quality management. Specifically, it looks at how industry leaders take an enterprise-wide approach to quality management in order to ensure customer satisfaction while keeping costs to a minimum.