Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software for the Aerospace and Defense Industry

A comprehensive, independent review of Discrete Manufacturing ERP software for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Below you will find an easy-to-navigate matrix comparing general data (e.g. price, financing options, etc.), materials management, sales order management, financial management, production management, supply chain management, and customer relationship management, plus any additional capabilities each vendor might provide. Click on the links to dive deeper into each vendor's software or request a free demo to get more hands-on experience.

  General Data
  Product NamePlex Manufacturing CloudEpicor ERPEnterpriseIQSYSPROabas ERPSage ERP X3NetSuite ERPE2 Shop SystemIFS Applications 9.0Global Shop SolutionsECi M1Microsoft Dynamics NAVInfor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) SAP Business OneInfor LNCetec ERP
  VersionAlways Current10.0015.27.020167Always Current7.29.02016.28.020169.00.10Infor ERP Feature Pack 6Always Current
  Price Range$5K + per month-$4K -500K$50K- $2M$25K-500K onsite$75K and up-$2600/ user-$10K-100K$5K-200K$300K-2M$5K-500K$10K-250K$8K-$250K$25K-500K$25K -$250K$25K-$1M$40/User/Month-
  Financing OptionsSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, FinancingOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, FinancingLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, FinancingSubscription
  User Range20-1000+1-2000+5-Unlimited4-100010-25020-1000+10+unlimited1-30040-50003-10001-5005-7505-100025-100020-2,5005-Unlimited
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesYesyesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYesYesAU, NZ,US,CA,UK.40+ CountriesYesYesYesYes
  ArchitectureSaaS Multitenant SOASOASOA, .NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA / Multi-tier SAAS, MultitenantClient/ServerSOASOASOA, .NET.NETSOASOASOASaas, Multitenant
  Database PlatformCloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)MS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsCloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Proprietary`, Customized per Client, Pervasive, Power, Sage ProvideX, Sybase, Cloud-Based (Saas), PostgreSQL, MS SQL Express, abas Open Object Oriented Database, MS Access, IBM UniData/UniVerse, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base Platforms, Quickbooks, Salesforce, Multi-Tenant SAAS on the SalesForce CloudMS SQL Server, MS SQL ExpressOracle, Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, OtherMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MS SQL Express, MS Access, Microsoft AzureMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, Postgres Enterprise ServerCloud-Based (Saas), MySQL
  Server OSCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsWindowsMac OS, Windows, Compatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareLinux, Windows, UnixCompatible w/all Operating Systems
  Materials Management
   Inventory Summary    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Management     Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Data Collection    Complex MRO    Bar Coding    Advanced Inventory Mgmt        Material Management Summary    Inventory Management    Procurement    Barcoding & Labeling  
   Inventory Tracking    Bar Coding    Vendor Managed Inventory    Lot Traceability     Material requirements planning (MRP)        Advanced Shipping    Bar Coding    Costing    Bill of Materials    Inventory Management        Plant Maintenance            Bill Of Materials  
   Bill of Materials    Handheld    Wireless Warehouse Management System        Material Cost Posting        Bin Management    Bill Of Materials    Demand Forecasting    Data Collection    M1 Calculators                    Dimensional Inventory Control  
   Bar Coding    Material Handler Interface            Scheduling        Order Promising    Handheld / Pocketview    Inventory Replenishment    Inventory Control                        Inventory Management  
   Job Tracking System    Material Movement            Warehouse Management        Real-Time Sustem    Inventory Control    Project Budgeting    Inventory Management                        Lot & Serial Traceability  
   Material Requirements Planning    Prioritize Orders                    Return Materials Authorization    Inventory Management    Project Reporting    Materials & Inventory                        Mobile Warehousing  
       Sales Order Allocation                        Lot and Serial Control    Scheduling and Resourcing    Materials Purchasing                        MRP & Inventory Forecast  
                               Material Management         Materials Solutions                        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning  
                                       Physical Inventory                          
                                       Wireless System                          
  Sales Order Management
   Commission Tracking    Order Management    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Costing    Purchasing Management    Automated Order Processing    Order Entry    Collaborative Solutions    Complete Order Management    Advanced Bill of Materials    Service Management    Advanced Forcasting    Sales & Promotions    Sales Overview    Automatic Order Processing  
   Competitor Intelligence Database    Sales Management    Quoting and Estimating    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Invoicing    RF Warehousing    Automated Payments    Quoting / Estimating    Component Repair    Demand Management    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.        Estimating / Quoting            Configurable Manufacturing Modes  
   Customer Orders    Demand Management    Sales Orders    Point Of Sale    Process History    Sales Monitoring    One Click Purchase Orders    Vender Returns    Coordinate Projects    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Lead Management        Request for Quote            EDI / Ecommerce  
   E D I    Electronic Data Interchange        Report Writer    Quotation Management        Order Management        Customer Orders     Invoice Order History    Project Mgmt                    Field Service & Projects  
   Order Entry & Tracking    Estimate / Quote Mgmt.        Return Mgmt    Sales Management Overview        Procure-to-Pay Purchasing        Field Service    Order Enrty                        Manufacturing Quoting  
   Quote Tracking    Storefront        Sales Analysis    Shipping Order        Real Time Order Status        Sales    Quoting & Estimating                        Packing, Shipping, & RMAs  
   Sales Order            Sales Orders            Self-Service Vendor Center        Sales Quotes    Return Merchandise Authorization                        Sales Reporting & Analysis  
                           Shipping Integration            Sales & Service Management                        Workflow & Routing  
                           Streamlined Receiving            Sales Application                          
                                       Shipping Logistics                          
  Financial Management
   accounting Overview    General Ledger    Financial Overview    Budget Management    “What if” Financial Scenarios    Business Intelligence    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable & Receivable    Accounting Application     General Ledger    Business Intelligence    Financial Management    Financial Reporting    Enterprise Asset Management    Accounts Payable   
   Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    General Ledger    Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    Data Collection    Financial Summary    Accounts Receivable    Budget Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    Financial Management        Accounting and Financials Overview    Financial Overview    Accounts Receivable  
   Costing    Accounts Receivable    Finanacial Reporting    Accounts Receivable    Financials and Accounting    Financial Overview    Advanced Billing    Budgeting / Cashflow    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable            Banking & Reconciliation        Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import  
   Expense Project Tracking    Multi-Cureancy / Company    Accounts Payable    Activity Based Costing    Fixed Assets        Amortization Schedules    Executive Overview    Consolidate Accounts    Business Intelligence    Multi-Currency            Cost Accounting        Configurable Costing Methods  
   Inventory Valuation    Financial Mgmt Overview    Accounts Receivable    Tax Management    Liquidity Planning        Multi-currency Transactions    General Ledger    Financial Summary    Business Intelligence Application    Payroll                    Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)  
   Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Tax Connect    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Assests Register    Perpetual Inventory Costing        Project Accounting    Payroll    Fixed Assets    Cash Flow                        General Accounting   
       Cash / Asset Mgmt        Payroll            Revenue Recognition    QuickBooks    General Ledger    Financial Management                        General Ledger  
       Global Engines        Analytics                    Sales Contract Mgmt.    Fixed Assets                        Project Accounting  
                                       General Ledger                        Tax Management  
                                       International Accounting                          
                                       Multi-Currency Management                          
                                       Payroll Management                          
  Production Management
   Barcode Labeling    Production Mgmt     Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Bill of Materials    CAD Integration    Discrete Manufacturing    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Advanced Scheduling    Asset Design    Advanced Production Scheduling    Job Management    Project Management    Engineering        Planning    Bill Of Materials  
   Capacity Planning    Advanced Production    Engineering Change Order    Engineering Change Control    Production Summary    Process Manufacturing    Aseembly Management    Job Management    Batch Process    Cost Breakdown Application    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry        Planning & Scheduling        Product Lifecycle Management    Configurable Manufacturing   
   Complex Assembly    Advanced Quality Mgmt    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Factory Documentation    Project Cost Accounting        Work Order Management    Order Costing     Configure / Make / Assemble    Engineer-to-Order    Order Managent        Production Management        Quality Management    Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR  
   Labor & Time Tracking    Job Management    MES    Cost Tracking    Project Management            Quality Management    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing    Product Configurator        Project Control        Resource Management     Mobile Shop Floor  
   Multi-Plants    Lean Manufacturing    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Planning and Scheduling    Time Recording / Job Time            Rapid Documentation    Engineer to Order    Management Solutions    Quality / Warranty        Shop Floor Data            Production & WIP Reporting  
   Plant Floor Mobile Access    Manufacturing Execution Systm.    Production Overview    Projects and Contracts    Work Order Management            Shipping    Make to Project    Planning & Scheduling    Scheduling        Workflow            Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning  
   PLC Machine Integration    Planning & Scheduling    Quality Management    Quality Mgmt                Shop Floor Control    Multisite Planning    Production Configurator                        Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing  
   Preventative Maintenance    Planning and Scheduling    Real Time Monitoring    Quotations                    Project Management    Project Management Application                        Work Order Documents  
   Production Scheduling Overview    Product Data Management        Requirements Planning                    Repetitive Manufacturing    Quality Control Application                          
   Shop Floor Control            Shop Clock                    Shop Floor Reporting    Quality Tracking                          
   Statistical Process Controls                                Shop Order    Shop Floor Control                          
                                   Sub-Contract Management    Shop Floor Data Collection Application                          
                                       Shop Management                          
                                       Software Preventative Maintenance Application                          
                                       TrueView Data Display Application                          
  Supply Chain Management
   Online Order & Tracking    Supply Chain Mgmt.    Capable to Promise    EDI Solution    Purchasing        Supply Chain Overview    Advanced Scheduling    Distribution    Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Purchasing Mgmt.    Supply Chain Management    Shipping / Receiving        Freight Management    Customer / Vendor Portals  
   Online Tool Release    Inventory Management    Demand Planning    Freight Calculator    Requisitions            Demand Forecasting    Equipment    Forecasting Trust    Purchasing RFQ                Supplier Relationship Management    Lot & Serial Traceability  
   Problem Control    Purchase Management    Materials Ordering    Inventory Forecasting    Sales Planning & Forecasting            Executive Overview    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping & Receiving Management    Shipping Mgmt.                Supply Chain Management    MRP / Kanban / Replenishment  
   Supplier Quality    Shipping & Receiving    Outsource Central     Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Relationship Management            Inventory Management    Preventive Maintenance    Supplier Relationship Management                     Warehousing    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning  
   Supply Chain Overview    Sourcing                        Purchasing / Receiving    Procurement    Supply Chain Manager                        Receiving / Picking / Packing / Shipping  
       Supplier Relationship Mgmt.                            Supply Chain                            Requisitions & Purchase Orders  
       Warehouse Management                            Warehousing                            Supply Chain Management  
                                                               Supply / Demand Forecasting  
  Customer Relationship Management
   Configurator Pricing     Customer Relations Overview    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    Contact Management    Customer Relations Mgmt.    CRM    Incentive Management    CRM    CRM Features    CRM Application    Call Management    Sales & Marketing    Customer Relations Management    CRM Overview    Customer Relationship Management     Built-in CRM  
   Cost & Quote Estimating    Campaign Connect        CRM for Syspro    Customer Relationship Management Overview        Job and Project Tracking    Sales Forecasting    Customer Services    Customer & Prospect Management    Contact Manager        Field Service Management    Customer Data Management         Calendar Reminders / Follow-ups  
   Customer Master List    Case Management                    Partner Relationship    WebView    Information Shring    Customer Relationship Management                        Custom Lead Pipelines   
   Customer Relations Summary    Customer Relationship Management                    Sales Order Management        Mobility Features    Sales Forecasting                        Customer & Contact Management  
   Field Service    Information Worker                    Self Service Customer Portal        Sales Configurator     Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management                         Customer Case Management  
   Opportunity Tracking    Lead / Opportunity Mgmt                    Website            Service Management                        Integrated CRM  
   Quick Quoter    Mobile Connect                                                        Last Touch Reporting  
   Quote Tracking    Service Management                                                        Mobile Access & Field Service  
                                                               Sales Management & Quote Tracking  
  Additional Capabilities
   Business Intelligence    Cloud Deployment    Payroll Processing    Document Mgmt     Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Real Time Dashboards    Time and Attendance    B2B Contracting     Simplified Label Printing    Document Mgmt    Human Resources    Human Resources    E-Commerce    Human Capital Management    Application Programming Interface  
   Computer Aided Design    Compliance Overview    Work Force Management    Espresso Mobile    Business Intelligence    Wholesale Distribution    Security    Crystal Reports    Business Analytics    Business Web    Human Resources        Internationalization            Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)  
   Document Control System    Composite Applications            Multi-Site            Data Conversions    Employee Self-Service    CAD Interface Application    M1 WebGear Interface        Intuitive User Interface            Custom Report Writer  
   E-Commerce    Composite Applications                        Document Control    Expense Management     Crystal Reports    System Security        Multi-Site, Multi-Plant            Custom Workflow & Alerting  
   Electronic Data Interchange    Document Mgmt                        QuickView    Human Resources    Data Conversion    Unlimited View        Quality Control (Supplier)            Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing  
   Groupware Communication    Enterprise Content Mgmt                            Mobile Solutions    Document Control            Report & Analysis            Email Interfacing with Customers & Vendors  
   Human Resources Overview    Enterprise Performance Mgmt                            Payroll, Time & Attendance    Document Control Application            Sytline Data Collection            Enterprise Document Management  
   SmartPlex Mobile Access    Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame                            Recruitment, Training & Developemnt    Electronic Data Exchange                        Pulse Report  
       Global Business Mgmt                                Global Application Builder                          
       Human Capital Mgmt.                                Key Performance Indicators Application                          
       ICE Business Architecture                                Messaging System Application                          
       Mobile                                Mobile Wireless Application                          
       Product Data Mgmt                                Online System / Time and Attendance                          
       Service Mgmt. Overview                                Process Documentation & Training                          
       Social Enterprise                                RFID Technology Application                          
       Subscription Services                                                          
       Web 2.0                                                          
  Services Support
   Security    Business Process Outsourcing    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     STARS    Upgrade Guarantee        Customer Care    Account Manager    Implementation    FastRESPONSE    Services & Support    Support Options        E-Learning    Enterprise Service Management    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels  
   Training Strategies    Epicor Consulting    IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support            NetSuite Central    Classroom Training    Support    Global Shop Solutions Consulting                        Custom Development & Integration  
       Hosting Services    IQMS Technical Support    Training and Education            Site Consultation    E-Learning    Training    Global Shop Solutions University                        Data Migration  
       Learning & Educational Services    Software Updates and Maintenance Program                    Onsite and ISO Consulting        Learning & Educational Services                        Local / Resident Hosting  
       Managed Services                        Phone Support        Training Strategies                         On-Site Implementation Consulting  
       Professional Services                                                        Project Discovery & Gap Analysis  
       Subscription Services                                                        Services User Training Programs  

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