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Engineering Software

While many ERP vendors offer engineering-focused ERP solutions, not all ERP software packages can accommodate the needs of engineering companies. When selecting ERP software that accommodates the engineering industry, it’s important to differentiate one ERP provider from another and match up a detailed requirements list.

Engineering Software Requirements

  • AutoCAD integration
  • Revision level tracking
  • Engineering change order tracking
  • Engineer-to-order production scheduling
  • Project management
  • Project accounting costing
  • Milestone based billing
  • Quality control management

As we have discovered in our experience with more than 150 ERP solutions, each ERP software package has its strengths and weaknesses. We track our extensive selection and implementation experience with various enterprise systems in our proprietary ERP Solutions Database. Below is a summary of a small sub-set of data from that database, which our project teams use to help clients select the right ERP software for their organizations.

This table identifies the generalized functional strengths of each of the listed ERP solutions for engineering based companies. Our ERP software selection process leverages more detailed information from our database to conduct a more thorough assessment of software fit with each client’s business requirements.

ERP Software Packages for Engineering

Engineering Software FunctionalityIFSESS
Finesse
EpicorJD EdwardsCincomCIMASysproDeltek
Standard ERP Functions
Standard AccountingHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
PayrollLowHighHighHighLowLowLowHigh
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Project ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Configuration ManagementHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Bar code and Label PrintingHighHighHighLowHighHighHighLow
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)HighLowHighLowHighHighHighHigh
Reporting with Drill DownHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Quality Process - Non-Conformance MaterialHighHighHighHighHighHighLowLow
General Requirements
Document Management and Version ControlHighHighLowHighHighHighHighHigh
Roles-based SecurityHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Support Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Program-based Reporting for Procurement Status, kKtting, Build, and Test StatusHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Capture as-built ConfigurationHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Job Costing within WBSHighHighHighHighHighHighMediumHigh
Key Differentiating Requirements
Historical Labor Hours, Costs, and Bill of MaterialsHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Alternative Part NumbersHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Capture Kitted Part Traceability DataHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Engineer-to-OrderHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Make-to-OrderHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Make-to-StockHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Consigned KitsHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
BOM Change Order Tracking (ECN Management)HighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Shop Floor Movement and Tracking by Serial NumberHighHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Track Non-Conforming Materials with Full Audit TrailHighHighHighHighHighHighHighLow
Functional Specific Requirements
Manage OpportunitiesHighMediumMediumMediumLowLowHighMedium
Plan and Manage ProgramHighHighMediumHighLowMediumHighMedium
DesignMediumMediumMediumHighMediumHighLowLow
ProcurementHighHighHighHighHighMediumHighMedium
Manage InventoryHighHighHighHighMediumMediumHighLow
Build and TestHighMediumHighHighMediumMediumHighLow
Financial and Cost AccountingMediumHighHighMediumLowLowHighHigh
Non Conforming Material (NCM)HighHighHighHighHighHighLowLow
Disclaimer: For illustrative purposes only. Assessment for your unique needs may vary based on specific business processes and requirements. You will want to develop more detailed requirements as part of your software evaluation and selection process.

Panorama’s ERP consultants provide a complete service offering that can assist your organization throughout the process of ERP selectionERP implementation, and organizational change management.

Our consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. The ERP team has industry specific expertise that helps achieve measurable business improvements.

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