Author: Ted Rohm


WorkWise Role-Based ERP Certification Report

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  • Published: February 26 2015
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.  Read More

NetSuite Is TEC Certified for Small Business Software

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 25 2015
The NetSuite enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is now TEC certified for small businesses. TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm previews the product, including new interface enhancements, such as progressive disclosure. Read up on some of the important NetSuite ERP functionality for your small business. Read More

2015 ERP Snapshot: Manufacturers’ Business and Technology Challenges

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 24 2015
To tap into the pulse of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) community, TEC ran a survey with our user community in late 2014. The “ERP Survey for Manufacturers” collected a broad range of user input in an effort to understand manufacturers’ business challenges, ERP software issues, and technology initiatives, and to see what is missing from ERP systems in general. The survey captured detailed results from nearly 250 manufacturers of all sizes, operating all across the globe.

The survey sheds light on a number of issues facing ERP users and reveals a few surprises. The results can be useful for manufacturers and other ERP users to use as a benchmark to understand the issues facing their peers, as well as what trends are shaping the industry.

To see what's important to your peer ERP users with regards to top business challenges and ERP and technology investment plans for 2015, and to find out what is most challenging for other businesses in terms of their ERP systems, read this TEC survey report. Also included in the report is TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm's take on the survey results and insight into the ERP market in 2015. Read More

NetSuite Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services Evaluation

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  • Published: February 24 2015
NetSuite ERP is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services software space. TEC's Ted Rohm gives you the benefits of NetSuite ERP for services organizations, and shares the main enhancements of the redesign of NetSuite ERP's user interface in Version 4, release 2. Read up on progressive disclosure and other features that make NetSuite ERP a solid solution for the services industry. Read More

PTC Creo 3.0—Changing the CAD Game

Computer-aided design (CAD) software is changing. As more and more business is being subcontracted, outsourced, and offshored, manufacturers need to adapt to a multi-CAD world. They need to accommodate diverse formats of product design files and geometry data. As a result, CAD software is changing in an effort to make data more reusable and to enable customers and suppliers to collaborate more effectively.

PTC develops product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. The company’s three-dimensional (3D) product design solution PTC Creo allows for CAD system interoperability, which is boosting user productivity, enabling collaboration, and fostering innovation.

This report from P.J. Jakovljevic and Ted Rohm reviews how the software works. You’ll learn about the technology behind PTC Creo and what direction the product development software vendor is headed in. Find out why PTC Creo is a game-changer for the industry. Read More

WorkWise RB-ERP Is TEC Certified for Discrete Manufacturing ERP

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 12 2015
Role-Based ERP (RB-ERP) by WorkWise is now TEC certified in the discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software space. The RB-ERP product has a number of well-designed features and components; along with core ERP capabilities, the product has easy-to-use analytics that are enhanced by an extensive set of pre-built metrics, mobile device support for manufacturing and factory operations, a robust built-in product configurator, the eProduction shop floor module, and extensive product data management (PDM) functionality via the engineering workbench.  Read More

Infor LN for ERP Certification Report

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  • Published: February 11 2015
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. Read More

TEC Highlights Report: Infor LN

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  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published: February 11 2015
Infor LN is built to provide companies with a strategic platform for growth and innovation. It is 1) a best-in-class operational enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; 2) specialized by industry to support micro-vertical suites; and 3) optimized for complex, global operations.

Infor LN is a complete business solution that supports a broad range of vertical markets, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, high tech, aerospace and defense, equipment, automotive, and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) service providers. Being built for these industries means that the product is especially strong in the supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing management, project lifecycle management, and service lifecycle management functional areas.

The latest version of Infor’s ERP product Infor LN, version 10.3, was presented to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) in a multi-hour, scripted demonstration. TEC was able to see first-hand the product’s user interface, usability, customization, and underlying business. TEC also saw the product in action, executing a suite of real-world business process scenarios.

The investments made by Infor in Infor LN over the past few years have yielded a refreshing, modern ERP system. This report reviews the product’s highlights in terms of functionality and usability, and notes Infor LN’s key differentiators in the highly competitive ERP solution market. Read More

TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer's Guide

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  • Published: February 3 2015
The TEC ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide was developed to provide unique perspectives on the state of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution market for manufacturers. Discrete manufacturers face a number of business challenges in the 21st century, including the traditional challenges of planning and managing production, managing costs, and staying compliant with regulations, and newer challenges related to the ability to support customizable and complex products and global markets, and hiring qualified staff.

How are manufacturers and vendors dealing with these changing requirements for manufacturing ERP? Read on to find out. In addition to a functionality comparison of manufacturing ERP products currently on the market, the TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide includes the results of TEC’s ERP trends survey (showing some surprising trends and stats), a discussion about how ERP vendors are differentiating themselves these days with elements enhancing user experience, and a special section dedicated to configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions and their growing importance to discrete manufacturers. Case studies and thought leadership from leading vendors in the discrete manufacturing ERP software space are also included as examples of recent successful ERP implementations and upgrades. Download the free guide now for TEC's expert analyst insight into manufacturing ERP trends, functionality comparisons, and vendor differentiation.  Read More

Zavanti ERP Certification Report

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  • Published: January 29 2015
Zavanti ERP is now certified by TEC in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services and project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA) software spaces.

The Zavanti ERP system is purpose-built for its target industries: property developers, commercial and residential builders, property management companies, and professional services firms (engineering, architecture, contractors, and consultants). The Zavanti ERP suite with integrated financials assists with the control and management of business operations, and the system modules all work together seamlessly so that information only has to be entered once to be available across the entire system.

The core enterprise resource planning (ERP) system has been developed in-house by Zavanti, whereas the front-end customer relationship management (CRM) system is an adaptation of MS Dynamics CRM for the real estate and professional services industries, acquired in March 2014. The Feasibility module was developed recently in response to real estate clients’ requirements to automate some of the processes for feasibility modeling and analysis.

Based on TEC’s comprehensive software functionality comparison data, Zavanti ERP ranks as a stronger than average solution when compared against other products in the ERP for services and PPM for PSA solution spaces. According to TEC Senior ERP Analyst Ted Rohm, author of the report, Zavanti ERP is a well-rounded solution with strong capabilities to support portfolio and project management; resource planning and scheduling; opportunity, contact, and contract management; time and expense management; budgeting, costing, and billing; and fully capable back-office functionality.

Find out why in the Zavanti ERP TEC certification report, including a product roadmap, key product differentiators, and detailed functionality graphs comparing Zavanti ERP to competitor solutions in the major functionality areas for PPM for PSA and ERP for services solutions. Read More
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