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  • Engineer to Order (ETO)
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Job Shop / Machine Shop
  • Light Assembly (ATO) / Kitting
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  • Mixed Mode Manufacturing
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Professional Services (Non-MFG)
  • Repetitive / Make to Stock
  • Wholesale Distribution
  • Under $1 Million
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The Top ERP Systems for the Aerospace Industry

We've created a comprehensive comparison to help you choose the best aerospace and defense ERP system. Our side-by-side comparison simplifies assessing ERP solutions with features suited to this sector. You can also quickly request demos and pricing quotes directly from vendors in one click.

Through extensive research, our experts have identified the top ERP systems that fit the unique needs of aerospace and defense companies. We've leveraged this knowledge to create a detailed guide that provides valuable insights into selecting and implementing the ideal ERP solutions.
Read our selection guide.

18 ERP Systems Found

Epicor logo

Epicor Kinetic

Sap logo

SAP S/4HANA

Oracle logo

Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP

Acumatica logo

Acumatica Cloud ERP

Cetec erp logo

Cetec ERP

Delmiaworks logo

Enterprise IQ

Global shop solutions logo

Global Shop Solutions

Ifs logo

IFS Cloud

Eci software logo

JobBOSS²

Microsoft dynamics logo

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Mie solutions logo

MIE Trak Pro

Netsuite logo

NetSuite ERP

Sage Software Logo

Sage X3 ERP

Total eto logo

Total ETO

Price Range

$25K - $500K

Price Range

$4K - $500K

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N/A

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

$25,000K - $500,000K

Price Range

$7.50K - $150K

Price Range

$3K - $40,000K

Price Range

$25K - $300K

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

$70K - $1,000K

Price Range

$5K - $10K

Price Range

$20K - $750K

Price Range

$5K - $500K

Price Range

$10K - $100K

Price Range

$25K - $250K

Price Range

$120K - $2,000K

Price Range

$6K - $50K

Cost Per User

$150/mo

Cost Per User

$125/mo

Cost Per User

$200/mo

Cost Per User

$175/mo

Cost Per User

$500/mo

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

$40/mo

Cost Per User

$250/mo

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

$200/mo

Cost Per User

$175/mo

Cost Per User

$4,000/mo

Cost Per User

$500/mo

Cost Per User

$125/mo

Cost Per User

$75/mo

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

$85/mo

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

No Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

No Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

No Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

97%

Retention Rate

78%

Retention Rate

91%

Retention Rate

85%

Retention Rate

78%

Retention Rate

95%

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

95%

Version

10.x

Version

Always Current

Version

Cloud 2021

Version

2021

Version

2023

Version

2024 R1

Version

Always Current

Version

Always Current

Version

2020.1

Version

IFS Cloud

Version

Infor ERP Feature Pack 6

Version

-

Version

AX 2020

Version

2016.04.02

Version

Release 2024.1

Version

V12

Version

2020

Version

5

Financing Options

Lease

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease

Financing Options

Finance, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Finance, Subscription

Financing Options

Finance

Financing Options

Subscription

User Range

5 — 1000

User Range

10 — Unlimited

User Range

15 — Unlimited

User Range

10 — Unlimited

User Range

25 — unlimited

User Range

5 — Unlimited

User Range

5 — Unlimited

User Range

5 — Unlimited

User Range

5 — 500

User Range

100 — and up

User Range

20 — 2,500

User Range

1 — 50

User Range

5 — 2250

User Range

5 — 500

User Range

10 — unlimited

User Range

10 — 1000

User Range

50 — and up

User Range

5 — 300

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$50,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$75,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$35,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$200,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$10,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$2,400

Minimum Fee to Implement

$20,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$20,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$2,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$50,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$10,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$100,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$150,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$10,000

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

4

Awards

11

Awards

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Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

4

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Installs

2500+

Installs

4500+

Installs

10,000+

Installs

2000+

Installs

1000+

Installs

10000+

Installs

250+

Installs

1200+

Installs

3000+

Installs

3,300+

Installs

2800+

Installs

4700

Installs

9,300+

Installs

700+

Installs

37,000+

Installs

7000

Installs

5000+

Installs

1000+

Architecture

SOA, .NET, SaaS

Architecture

SOA, .NET, Native Cloud

Architecture

SOA, Native Cloud

Architecture

SOA, .NET, Native Cloud

Architecture

Hosted Cloud

Architecture

.NET, SaaS, Native Cloud

Architecture

SaaS

Architecture

SOA, .NET

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

SOA

Architecture

SOA, Multi-tenant

Architecture

Hosted Cloud

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

-

Architecture

-

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

SOA

Architecture

.NET

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • No Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • No Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • No Icon Multi-Site
  • No Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • No Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • No Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • No Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • No Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • No Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Unique Features

Unique Features

  • Mid-Market Cloud ERP made with Manufacturers for Manufacturers
  • Flexible designs surfaces with no/low code configurations
  • Simple, intuitive browser-based user interface
  • Automation Studio
  • Self Service Analytics
  • Enterprise Search
  • Deployment choice- cloud or premise

Unique Features

Unique Features

Unique Features

This is Oracle's newest Cloud ERP System for companies over 200M in revenue.

Unique Features

Unique consumption-based licensing provides flexibility and facilitates collaboration, enabling all employees and external parties to access information and systems to execute daily activities and long-term strategic goals. Acumatica is the only ERP vendor offering free online training via Acumatica Open University.

Acumatica's formal Customer Bill-Of-Rights, a unique commitment in the software industry, ensures fair and ethical treatment of customers and trading partners.

Unique Features

Cetec ERP is a single, unified business platform that delivers “tier 1” enterprise-level feature breadth at extraordinarily lower costs than traditional systems, owing to a long history combined with completely modernized cloud/SaaS technology. Their approach is direct, friendly, and transparent: they own the technology (i.e. no “bolt-ons”), and offer the software directly with no markup (i.e. not through incompetent third-party VARs), and offer close, attentive in-house support.

Unique Features

DELMIAworks IQMS also offers a broad choice of deployment options that will allow you to pick the solution that is best for your business: on-premise or hosted Cloud ERP deployment via hosted managed services or SaaS. Providing three deployment options gives you the flexibility to choose the best solution for your company and your budget.

Unique Features

Headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, includes a state-of-the-art R&D facility and Global Shop Solutions training center. Through its offices in the U.S., Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the company supports thousands of manufacturing facilities in over 25 countries and nearly 30 industries.

Unique Features

IFS Applications is a single, integrated product supporting the management of 4 core processes: Service and Asset, Manufacturing, Project, and Supply Chain.

Unique Features

Unique built-in process modeling tool for quick implementations and user setup

Unique Features

JobBOSS² manufacturing management software platform is designed to empower small and medium-sized businesses with the tools they need to thrive. JobBOSS2 gives shop owners even more control over how they scale their businesses, grow revenue, and maximize profitability.

  • User Interface
  • Dashboard Capability
  • Alerts
  • Mobile
  • Visual Scheduling

Unique Features

Designed for mid-size and large manufacturers

Unique Features

Unique Features

As a suite of cloud-based applications, NetSuite brings together all the systems that businesses need to grow, scale and adapt to change.

Unique Features

Sage X3 helps your business thrive and stay competitive by providing users with the information they need to serve their customers better, take back control over the quality, and eliminate inefficiencies across the organization. It streamlines your core processes – from manufacturing to distribution and financial management to business services – while adapting to your industries best practices.

Unique Features

This is the premise-based legacy ERP system that built the SAP Brand. It has been the gold standard for ERP systems for the last several decades.

Unique Features

Total ETO (Engineer to Order) is the only ERP and MRP designed exclusively for Custom Equipment manufacturers, Machine builders, and System integrators. It’s designed by engineers to address the unique challenges these types of organizations face.

Total ETO Integrates with SolidWorks and Inventor to streamline Bills of Material (BOM) information from Design to Purchasing and Manufacturing.

Limitations

Limitations

Limitations

Limitations

Limitations

Not for smaller companies with under $150 Million in Revenue

Limitations

Acumatica is devoted to the midmarket. It is not a great fit for large enterprises in need of fully global support.


Limitations

Not ideal for service-based or retail businesses. No “HR” or “Payroll” inside the platform; requires integrating to a third-party payroll system.

Limitations

DELMIAworks IQMS is not a solution fit for businesses that are not manufacturing environments.

Limitations

Global Shop Solutions primarily focuses on the needs of discrete manufacturers which may differ from the needs of process manufacturers.

Limitations

IFS is not suitable for smaller organizations under $100 Million in annual revenue.

Limitations

The Infor LN solution does not target process manufacturing companies with recipe and blending operations. The solution typically does not target financial or professional services firms such as banks, healthcare, and other service providers.


Limitations

Limitations

Not appropriate for small companies

Limitations

Limitations

Limitations

Not suitable for companies smaller than 10 million in revenue.

Limitations

This system is not available on the cloud.

Limitations

This system is not for Repetitive or high volume manufacturers. It’s also not ideal for strictly Machine shops.

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Aerospace and Defense ERP Selection Guide

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In this ERP selection guide we cover

Top aerospace erp

This guide aims to provide aerospace and defense companies with expertise and recommendations for selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system tailored to their unique needs. We will examine the critical role of ERP software in managing the complex manufacturing, supply chain, and program lifecycle requirements in the aerospace and defense manufacturing sector.

We aim to offer industry-specific guidance that helps identify ERP solutions that meet your business requirements.

Aerospace and Defense Industry Overview

The aerospace and defense sector encompasses the precise development, production, and service of commercial and military aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, weapons, and related components and systems. There is no room for error or inefficiency in the production or business processes of aerospace manufacturing. Leading companies face immense technology, manufacturing, and project management challenges.

For instance, A and D projects involve coordinating global supply chains, navigating strict government compliance, and managing complex data from numerous testing systems. ERP systems have become indispensable for overseeing these intricate operations efficiently.

The Critical Role of ERP in Aerospace Manufacturing

In aerospace and defense, subpar manufacturing means business failure. The best ERP solutions are fundamental in coordinating intricate production and quality control processes while maintaining compliance across the supply chain.

For aerospace OEMs and suppliers, ERP powers:

  • Complex shop floor scheduling for machining, system assembly, and testing
  • Real-time visibility over quality data, test results, and certificates
  • Precise inventory management and control over costly aircraft-grade materials
  • Reliable order fulfillment across thousands of supply chain partners

An advanced aerospace ERP solution is essential to prevent operational chaos from jeopardizing profitability and partnerships in this low-tolerance industry.

In this guide, we cut through the hype to offer practical ERP buying advice for aerospace manufacturers. We’ll spotlight must-have features for manufacturing ERP, including quality and compliance capabilities.

Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Challenges & ERP Solutions

Aerospace and defense manufacturers face immense complexity in orchestrating global operations, managing sensitive data, and innovating quickly. The top ERP systems provide specialized capabilities to address these specific industry challenges.

Key Pain Points in Aerospace & Defense

  1. Intricate manufacturing and production processes: Aerospace manufacturing involves dealing with sensitive materials and tight tolerances when machining intricate components like turbine blades or satellite subsystems.
  2. Stringent industry regulations and compliance: Companies must maintain compliance with regulations like ITAR, ISO quality standards, AS9100, and more across global sites.
  3. Coordinating extensive supply chains: Aerospace projects require procuring and delivering millions of parts on schedule from a vast network of suppliers.
  4. Collaborating across global teams and sites: Development programs involve synchronizing the work of internal cross-functional product teams, external partners, and multiple manufacturing facilities.
  5. Inability to translate data into strategic decisions: There is a constant need to capture insights from volumes of testing data and make quick calls that keep programs on the cutting edge.
  6. Budget and Cost Management: Balancing high development and production costs against budget constraints and financial performance.
  7. Intellectual Property and Data Security: Safeguarding sensitive information, proprietary designs, and intellectual property in a competitive, high-security environment.

How ERP Addresses These Challenges

  1. Production Monitoring and Control: Real-time shop floor visibility, production scheduling, and inventory control power efficient manufacturing.
  2. Compliance Management: Automates quality processes, testing data collection, and audit trailing for faster compliance.
  3. Supply Chain Integration: Provides end-to-end visibility and collaboration with suppliers to source and deliver parts on time.
  4. Cross-Team and Site Collaboration: Enables real-time information sharing and task coordination across the product lifecycle.
  5. Data Analytics for Innovation: Analytics deliver actionable insights from operations, supply chain, and testing data to drive innovation.
  6. Cost Tracking and Financial Analysis: Detailed financial modules in ERP software offer comprehensive budget management and cost analysis capabilities.
  7. Robust Data Security Features: Enhanced security protocols within ERP systems protect sensitive data and intellectual property, crucial in the aerospace and defense sector.

ERP solutions directly address these industry-specific challenges and provide critical support to the aerospace and defense sector, driving operational excellence and strategic growth.

Top ERP Systems for Aerospace and Defense Companies

Based on our experience analyzing ERP solutions for aerospace and defense companies, we have curated a list of top ERP solutions tailored for this industry.

We evaluated solutions against crucial selection criteria like manufacturing and inventory management capabilities, supply chain and quality process support, ITAR and compliance features, and analytics functionalities. We also considered which systems have excellent success rates within the industry, not just in manufacturing.

The top ERP platforms providing robust and specialized support for aerospace and defense manufacturers include:

SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is an ERP system for manufacturers with AI, machine learning, and analytics. It provides real-time insights into manufacturing processes, facilitates quick adjustments to demand changes, and enables better decision-making. The system supports seamless integration with other SAP solutions and is extendible for enterprise-wide processes.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $200/mo
Price Range N/A
Retention Rate
78%

Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise (Infor LN)

Infor LN, once Baan, is a tailored ERP for manufacturers. Streamlining processes from production to planning, it's versatile for on-premises or cloud. It is Specialized in industries like aerospace and boasts quality control, Smart Manufacturing, and analytics.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $200/mo
Price Range $70K - $1,000K
Retention Rate
N/A

IFS Cloud

IFS Cloud (previously IFS 10.0) is a versatile enterprise software combining ERP, EAM, and ESM functionalities. Started in 1983, its latest version boasts an intuitive user interface built on a component-based, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), emphasizing adaptability across core processes like Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User N/A
Price Range N/A
Retention Rate
N/A

Epicor Kinetic

Epicor Kinetic, formerly Epicor ERP, is tailored for various manufacturing needs. It offers both cloud and on-premises options and excels in real-time monitoring, quality management, and global financial integration. Its user-friendly design ensures intuitive navigation and robust global support, fostering business growth and efficiency.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $125/mo
Price Range $4K - $500K
Retention Rate
97%

Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica Cloud ERP is a versatile system tailored for growing businesses. It integrates accounting, sales, and customer management with industry-specific add-ons and advanced technologies like AI and IoT. With a user-friendly interface and global adaptability, Acumatica stands as a premier, affordable ERP solution.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User N/A
Price Range $7.50K - $150K
Retention Rate
78%

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX supports diverse manufacturing processes for midsize to larger companies. It provides flexibility, integration with Microsoft tech, and caters to global operations with built-in multicurrency and multilingual features, aiming for productivity and growth.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $4,000/mo
Price Range $20K - $750K
Retention Rate
N/A

SYSPRO

SYSPRO ERP is a flexible enterprise solution with 40 years of industry-tailored development. It emphasizes user customization, offers cloud and on-premise deployment, and integrates advanced analytics for real-time decision-making, connecting seamlessly with AI and IoT.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $150/mo
Price Range $25K - $500K
Retention Rate
95%

Cloud ERP for Aerospace & Defense

Cloud-based ERP adoption has rapidly accelerated in aerospace and defense due to its flexibility, mobility, improved collaboration, and streamlined IT management compared to on-premise systems. Leading cloud ERP software vendors offer aerospace-specialized manufacturing, quality, and compliance capabilities.

Key benefits of cloud ERP solutions for aerospace and defense include:

  1. Enables real-time supply chain collaboration with suppliers and partners through cloud connectivity.
  2. Allows access from any device to manage operations on the go with intuitive cloud interfaces.
  3. Facilitates cross-site collaboration by centralizing data in a single cloud platform.
  4. Eases IT burden with the vendor managing hardware, backups, and software updates.
  5. Enables faster innovation cycles with quick cloud deployment options of new capabilities.

For an in-depth look at cloud vs. on-premise ERP considerations, see our detailed cloud ERP buyer’s guide. You can also filter this ERP comparison by cloud-based ERP systems for aerospace.

Aerospace ERP Software Features & Requirements

ERP systems align specialized operational needs with strategic business objectives. Selecting the right ERP solution involves understanding unique industry demands and ensuring the solution offers a range of tailored features.

Industry-Specific ERP Requirements

  1. Regulatory Compliance Handling: Capability to manage stringent industry standards, ensuring adherence to ITAR, AS 91XX Compliances, and many other defense-specific regulations.
  2. Advanced Supply Chain Dynamics: Tools to manage complex, often global supply chains, including logistics, vendor management, and risk assessment.
  3. R&D and Innovation Support: Facilitating research and development activities is crucial for staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the industry.
  4. Cybersecurity and Data Protection: High-level security protocols to safeguard sensitive information are critical to defense-related operations.
  5. Cost and Resource Optimization: Efficient management of resources and cost control, especially in large-scale manufacturing and development projects.

Core ERP Features and Modules

  • Quality Management System (QMS): Ensures consistent quality and safety in manufacturing processes, a non-negotiable aspect in aerospace and defense production.
  • Financial Management Suite: Comprehensive financial planning, analysis, and reporting tools for the industry’s economic structure.
  • Human Resources Module: Addresses the unique HR needs, including workforce planning, compliance training, and skill management in a high-tech environment.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM): Integrates customer service and sales management, essential for maintaining client relationships in a competitive market.
  • Business Intelligence (BI) Integration: Offers data-driven insights and analytics for strategic planning and operational decision-making.
  • Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Management: Specialized modules for managing MRO activities, crucial in extending the lifecycle of aerospace equipment.

A robust ERP system with industry-specific requirements can help aerospace manufacturing companies achieve operational excellence, comply with regulations, and stay competitive.

Cost of ERP for Aerospace & Defense

Implementing an ERP system is a strategic investment for aerospace and defense organizations. When estimating budgets, it’s important to factor in software licenses, customization, data migration, training, and post-go-live support costs.

Cost drivers typically include:

  • Number of users and sites
  • Level of customization
  • Integration needs
  • Data migration complexity
  • Training and change management requirements

Additional cost factors to note for the aerospace industry:

  • Budgeting for compliance-related capabilities like ITAR restricted party screening and quality module extensions
  • Potential dedicated aerospace micro-vertical solution on top of base ERP platform
  • High availability infrastructure for resilience given strict uptime requirements in aerospace manufacturing

Read our in-depth Guide to Understanding ERP Pricing for a detailed breakdown of cost components. Please get in touch with us for a personalized quote tailored to your company’s unique business needs and deployment plans.

Aerospace & Defense Industry ERP Case Studies

Exploring real-world case studies is invaluable for understanding the impact of ERP software in aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Our website features a selection of ERP case studies showcasing companies that have successfully implemented ERP solutions. These stories highlight the challenges faced, the solutions implemented, and the benefits reaped, offering a practical perspective on ERP applications in this sector.

  • Endeavor Precision Case Study: In 2018, Dave Langenkamp started Endeavor Precision, specializing in EDM hole drilling for aerospace. Faced with the need for AS9100 and NADCAP certifications, he chose E2 Shop System ERP over hiring a consultant. This integrated system streamlined certification processes and business operations, enabling rapid audit preparation and enhanced customer service, positioning Endeavor Precision for significant market growth.
  • Polamer Precision Case Study: Polamer Precision, an aerospace component manufacturer, overcame industry challenges by adopting Plex Manufacturing Cloud ERP. This move significantly improved cross-functional visibility and quality control, facilitating over 300% sales growth. The cloud-based system supported Polamer’s rapid expansion and enhanced product traceability, proving essential in maintaining a competitive edge and customer trust in a demanding market.
  • Mueller Custom Cut Case Study: Mueller Custom Cut, specializing in aerospace and automotive components, enhanced its business operations with Epicor Kinetic ERP. The transition to this cloud-based system improved data accessibility, decision-making, and production standards. Key benefits included streamlined processes, efficient remote work capabilities, and a focus on data-driven strategies for growth and efficiency.

Each of these case studies offers unique insights into how aerospace and defense sector companies have harnessed the power of ERP to address specific challenges, streamline business processes, and achieve strategic goals.

FAQ Section for Aerospace & Defense Industry ERP Buyers

Navigating the ERP landscape in the aerospace and defense industries can raise several questions. Here, we address some of the most common and pertinent queries to assist buyers in making informed decisions.

How does ERP help with regulatory compliance in the Aerospace and Defense industries?

ERP software designed for this industry has modules specifically targeting compliance with regulations like ITAR and AS9100. They automate compliance tracking, provide audit trails, and ensure that all operations adhere to the necessary standards, significantly reducing compliance risks.

What capabilities are most important for aerospace ERP software?

Core manufacturing, inventory management, quality, and program traceability modules are all crucial for orchestrating intricate aerospace production processes while maintaining compliance. Extended functionality like supply chain collaboration, shop floor integration, aftermarket/MRO support, and end-to-end analytics also benefit aerospace companies significantly from efficiency and growth.

How much does aerospace ERP software cost?

Given the complexity, license costs for specialized aerospace ERP start around low seven figures. However, exact implementation costs vary widely based on customizations, integrations, data migration, training, and other service needs. Global aerospace firms see average total costs from $5M to $25M+. Adopting cloud subscription models can make long-term TCO more predictable.

How long does ERP implementation take in the aerospace industry?

Allow 9 – 18 months for global end-to-end rollouts. The most successful implementations take an incremental approach by site, region, or process area for faster milestones. For example, deploying manufacturing capabilities first before tackling complex program management requirements.

Can ERP systems handle the complex supply chains typical in the Aerospace and Defense industry?

Absolutely. Modern ERP solutions offer sophisticated supply chain management tools that provide real-time visibility, control over multi-tiered supply networks, and risk management capabilities crucial for managing global aerospace and defense supply chains.

Can ERP solutions support R&D and technological innovation in the Aerospace and Defense sector?

Yes, many ERP systems are now designed to support R&D processes. They can integrate with advanced technologies like AI and IoT, providing the infrastructure for continuous innovation and technological advancement.

What should be considered when choosing an ERP system for a company with global operations?

Selecting an ERP system that offers multi-language and multi-currency support is essential. Complying with international regulations and providing robust global supply chain management features are also critical.

How does ERP contribute to cost management and financial optimization in the Aerospace Sector?

ERP software in the aerospace and defense industries offer detailed financial management tools, including budgeting, cost tracking, and financial analysis. These tools help companies maintain financial health by providing insights into cost-saving opportunities and more efficient resource allocation.

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