An ERP solution's actual scope of function is not the only factor that decides whether its implementation and use in a company will succeed. "Soft criteria" such as user-friendliness and the importance a supplier places on researching and further developing its solution play a central role – they determine how efficiently employees can use the system in their everyday work and how quickly and flexibly the solution can be adapted to changing industry requirements. To offer a comprehensive tool for prospective customers to make a decision based on these criteria, the University of Potsdam's Center for Enterprise Research carries out an annual comparison test. Based on the results, the Center designates the best systems in key industries as the "ERP systems of the year," presenting the award each year at the IT & Business trade show in Stuttgart. This year's winner in the Mechanical and Plant Engineering category was the Karlsruhe-based ERPII specialist Asseco Solutions.
With functions customized to mechanical and plant engineering, APplus supports production models for both series manufacturing and make-to-stock as well as project-related production and service. Particularly in make-to-order production, orders often have to be completed under a great deal of time pressure and bills of materials (BOMs) are not created until the concrete planning and design engineering process is underway. As a result, APplus supports the use of "evolving BOMs," giving users the ability to feed the corresponding data to the production system directly, without media discontinuities. As APplus can be integrated into common PLM and CAD systems, the solution enables users to continue working in their accustomed system while still always having uniform access to all current data. Numerous costing functions also give those responsible an overview of the profitability of the order throughout the entire course of the project.
Supplier presentation highlights strengths of the ERP systems
Due to these specialized functions, the jury of experts from the University of Potsdam headed by Dr. Norbert Gronau recognized - even at nomination - APplus' industry-specific functionality (164 of 189 possible points). Other central criteria for the evaluation of the nominated solutions included method of implementation, customer communication/sales marketing, research and development, concrete customer benefit, ergonomics, and technology and scope of integration. APplus' very good overall ranking allowed Asseco Solutions, along with three other suppliers nominated in this category, to make it to the final round at the IT & Business show. A live demo of the concrete, real-world implementation of the systems in four of the seven evaluation criteria was held before an audience of trade show visitors and the expert panel. Across the board, APplus won over the jurors: Asseco Solutions is the proud winner of the "ERP system of the year 2015" in mechanical and plant engineering for its solution. Asseco's trade show team took the award home from Stuttgart today.
Second award in a row
The "ERP System of the Year" prize was awarded this year for the ninth time by the "Center for Enterprise Research" at the University of Potsdam. The aim of the prize is the neutral evaluation of non-functional criteria of ERP systems to provide customers with greater transparency relating to the solutions and offerings available on the market. The candidate systems were evaluated by an expert jury panel consisting of representatives from the fields of consulting, media and science.
"One of our core values is sustainability. This involves both examining how we interact with business partners and customers and optimizing the performance capability of our solution," emphasizes Markus Haller, CEO of Asseco Solutions. "Of course, we couldn't be more pleased that this marks the second year in a row we've received the award as the ERP system of the year – as we have in three of the last four years. This proves the consistency of our efforts to evolve our solution and keep our finger on the pulse of our target industries so that we can respond effectively to their requirements."
The Evolution of ERP at the Asseco stand at the IT & Business show
Customers and prospects can check out APplus' specific functions for plant and mechanical engineering live at stand B21 in Hall 1 of the IT & Business trade show in Stuttgart, which ends on October 1. Another focus of this year's trade show appearance is predictive maintenance of networked machines by analyzing their operating data. Along with three exhibitor partners, the ERP supplier is presenting live demonstrations of practice scenarios and real-world applications of the trend towards Industry 4.0.