There are thousands of ERP software solutions available to meet the needs of various industries and vertical markets.  Horizontal ERP solutions will tend to have similar modules and features with strengths and weaknesses changing by ERP system.  ERP software packages focused on manufacturing organizations will lean towards strong planning, production and supply chain  management functionality and will work to differentiate themselves by a specific production environment such as process, discrete, or mixed-mode. Regardless of the final ERP solution chosen, manufacturing organizations will give priority to manufacturing software functional requirements.  Understanding this trend, what are the most important capabilities for an ERP system’s manufacturing software functionality?

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