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 Functionality IFS ESS
Finesse
Epicor JD Edwards Cincom CIMA Syspro Deltek
Standard ERP Functions
Standard Accounting High High High High High High High High
Payroll Low High High High Low Low Low High
Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) High High High High High High High High
Project Management High High High High High High High High
Configuration Management High High High High High High High Low
Bar code and Label Printing High High High Low High High High Low
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) High Low High Low High High High High
Reporting with Drill Down High High High High High High High High
Quality Process – Non-Conformance Material High High High High High High Low Low
General Requirements
Document Management and Version Control High High Low High High High High High
Roles-based Security High High High High High High High High
Support Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) High High High High High High High High
Program-based Reporting for Procurement Status, kKtting, Build, and Test Status High High High High High High High High
Capture as-built Configuration High High High High High High High Low
Job Costing within WBS High High High High High High Medium High
Key Differentiating Requirements
Historical Labor Hours, Costs, and Bill of Materials High High High High High High High High
Alternative Part Numbers High High High High High High High High
Capture Kitted Part Traceability Data High High High High High High High High
Engineer-to-Order High High High High High High High High
Make-to-Order High High High High High High High High
Make-to-Stock High High High High High High High High
Consigned Kits High High High High High High High High
BOM Change Order Tracking (ECN Management) High High High High High High High High
Shop Floor Movement and Tracking by Serial Number High High High High High High High High
Track Non-Conforming Materials with Full Audit Trail High High High High High High High Low
Functional Specific Requirements
Manage Opportunities High Medium Medium Medium Low Low High Medium
Plan and Manage Program High High Medium High Low Medium High Medium
Design Medium Medium Medium High Medium High Low Low
Procurement High High High High High Medium High Medium
Manage Inventory High High High High Medium Medium High Low
Build and Test High Medium High High Medium Medium High Low
Financial and Cost Accounting Medium High High Medium Low Low High High
Non Conforming Material (NCM) High High High High High High Low Low

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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