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SOFTWARE EVALUATION AND SELECTION
MRP II AND ERP SOFTWARE SELECTION
Our basic approach is to help make you self-sufficient in evaluating and selecting software. Our consulting and education focuses on understanding both the process of evaluating software, and the functionality that must be present to make MRP II a success in your company.
We arm your people with the tools to do an independent, in depth evaluation, and then coach them through the process.
Here’s how the process typically works:
|One day follow up meeting (2 to 4 weeks later) to review and finalize functional requirements list, identify initial candidates, finalize the strategy to contact suppliers for first cut evaluation.||One day follow up meeting (2 to 4 weeks later) to cut the list to 3-4 finalists (if necessary).||Follow up meetings about every 2-4 weeks to review progress and findings, coaching on how to conduct software analysis, coaching on contract negotiation, etc.|
We are also staffed to conduct in-depth evaluations of MRP II/ERP software on a contract basis. Primary features of these evaluations include:
|Written from the consumers point of view. We put ourselves in the consumers position and asked "what would we have to do to make the software actually work for resource planning
and scheduling. If a package does not provide the proper and normal functionality
required to operate effectively, our evaluation explains the problem and
indicates the way the software should be modified to provide the proper
|Based on a standard accepted industry-wide.
Software packages are compared to the functionality defined in the MRP
II Standard System. This Standard System is based on what has been proven
to work by companies operating at Class A levels of performance.|
|Comprehensive and in-depth. A surface
analysis of software packages is inadequate to anticipate and eliminate
surprises in putting the system on the air. The Standard System is approximately
350 pages long. Individual evaluations usually range upwards from 75 pages.|
|Clear, concise, with a point by
point format. The MRP II Standard System and the individual evaluations
cover each of the functions that should be included in an MRP II system.
The format of the evaluations was carefully chosen to be clear to the user
and provide an easy comparison of one software package to another. A summary
is provided for each functional topic to condense the main points of the
|Based on extensive experience with MRP II and MRP II software. We've worked with a number of Class A MRP II companies, and in the last 20 years, have been involved in hundreds of software decisions that led to successful implementations. The opinions expressed in the software evaluations come from a huge block of experience in making MRP II and ERP systems work.|
Software evaluations cover the following functions:
|Sales & Operations Planning|
|Demand management and forecasting|
|Master production scheduling and rough cut capacity planning|
|Material requirements planning|
|Capacity requirements planning|
|Distribution resource planning|
|Bills of material|
|Scheduled receipts systems|
|Plant and work center scheduling|
|Purchasing and supplier scheduling|
|Financial planning interfaces|
Over the years over 50 commercial software packages have been evaluated, written up and offered as off-the-shelf software evaluations. Today however, most software is evaluated on an as needed basis for a specific client.
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