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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

construction system estimate construction time materials costs  field for installation or construction, creating enormous potential for losses due to inefficient processes. And even once fabrication or installation begins, administrative and design activities are integral parts of the product or project delivery process. So in these firms, the line between the front office and the shop floor is decidedly blurred. Even before an initial sale to a complex manufacturing customer is completed, there is a risk of losing effort to non-value added activities. Time and labor

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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