TEC 2012 Discrete ERP Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Enterprise Resource Planning for Discrete Manufacturing

Although each organization has its own unique requirements for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for discrete manufacturing, it’s useful to consider what other companies are seeking in terms of features, pricing, and specific technical and methodological considerations. This report is based on aggregate data collected from almost 4,500 completed comparisons of discrete ERP software performed using TEC Advisor.

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About This Report

This report is based on aggregate data collected from almost 4,500 completed comparisons of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discrete manufacturing performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) TEC Advisor software selection application. TEC Advisor contains detailed information about product capabilities for a wide variety of enterprise software solutions, including ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing.

Using TEC Advisor, business decision makers can define their companies’ high-level discrete ERPsoftware requirements in order to identify a working list of solutions to evaluate in depth. They can then compare how, and how well, different solutions support their requirements.

The Value of Peer Assessment

Although each organization has its own unique discrete ERPrequirements, it’s useful to consider what other companies are seeking in terms of features, pricing, and specific technical and methodological considerations.

Studying what your peers and competitors are looking for in a discrete ERPsolution can help you develop a good understanding of what discrete ERPsoftware vendors offer, what other companies have identified as important requirements, and what might be a fit for your own organization.


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Why ERP for Discrete Manufacturing?

As a discrete manufacturer, your needs will—for obvious reasons—vary from those of manufacturing operations that are process-based. As such, having an ERP system with discrete manufacturing–based capabilities means you’ll be getting the functionality you need for your specific type of business.

Having these specific capabilities means that you’ll be better able to track, in real time, your production costs and materials, as well as monitor expenses. With a discrete ERP system, you can also track such things as labor, required materials and parts, total cost of an item, and more.


Real-time tracking means that you will be able to check the status of your production at any point in time, while providing an application that is open to customers, suppliers, or partners (who may need to be informed of the production status from time to time).

Some of the functionalities included in a typical discrete ERP solution include bill of materials, elements of project management, routings and resources, inventory control, warehouse management, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, customer job orders, project costing, purchasing management, quality management, and sales management.

Some of the benefits of a discrete ERP system include:

  • efficient handling of order processing and production scheduling,
  • management and analysis of business processes within an interative environment,
  • synchronization of departmental activities (e.g., within human resources or finances) with the needs of and output from production facilities, and
  • monitoring, sharing, and tracking of information throughout the organization.


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