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Abas ERP

ABAS by far offers the most bang for the buck. We are able to handle all of our business functions through ABAS and also have additional features like Business Apps, Business Intelligence, Vendor and Customer portals, as well as many other features that many other ERP packages didn't have. It has allowed us to consolidate our software packages and also provide visibility since everything is now connected.
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Infor VISUAL

The original version of Visual Manufacturing (Lilly Software) was intended for mechanical manufacturing. It was adapted at our facility (we were not the first) to accomodate electronic manufacturing. For electronic manufacturing process control it is not ideal when referencing in-line or custom processes used to build product. For material control it is excellent unless a modification to a standard product is required (and we did this on 60% of product going out the door). The co-product feature that removes material from an assembly requires the creator of the work order to calculate the percentage of cost the removed items are from the completed product. On the business operations side regional tax reports were difficult to extract and an external module to go into the data base and extract that had to be created.The system itself was stable for the most part. Occasional "data collisions" corrupted transactions at times. The accounting procedures in place found them by the end of the month .where they were corrected.For a small business with less formal processes Infor Visual can be used with little training for the operators. If the processes need a higher level of accountability and control the processes can be formalized with workflow scripts to ensure that higher level of control.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Customization

Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
API for custom integration
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
Plug-ins
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL

Security

Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Single sign-on capability
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
3.7
Dashboards
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
2.0
Standard reports
Abas ERP
7.5
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Custom reports
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
2.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
7.3
Accounts payable
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Accounts receivable
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Global Financial Support
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Intercompany Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Localizations
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Enterprise Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Configurable Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Standardized Processes
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Inventory Management

Abas ERP
8.1
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Inventory tracking
Abas ERP
7.5
Infor VISUAL
10.0
Automatic reordering
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
Location management
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Manufacturing module
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
7.0

Order Management

Abas ERP
8.3
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Pricing
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
6.0
Order entry
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Cost of goods sold
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
7.0
Order Orchestration
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
End-to-end order visibility
Abas ERP
8.5
Infor VISUAL
7.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Abas ERP
7.3
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Automated Invoice Processing
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Shared Services Payments
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Billings Management
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Customer Receipt Applications
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Revenue Recognition
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Cash Management
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Travel & Expense Management
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Period Close
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Transactions Tax
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0

Project Financial Management

Abas ERP
7.4
Infor VISUAL
7.2
Budgeting and Forecasting
Abas ERP
6.5
Infor VISUAL
Project Costing
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Cost Capture
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Customer Invoicing
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
9.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
6.0
Project Financials Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Real-time Financial Reporting
Abas ERP
7.5
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Embedded Business Intelligence
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Project Planning Collaboration
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL

Project Execution Management

Abas ERP
7.8
Infor VISUAL
Project Planning and Scheduling
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Project Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Resource Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
Real-Time Project Reporting
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL

Procurement

Abas ERP
6.4
Infor VISUAL
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Abas ERP
5.0
Infor VISUAL
Sourcing Analysis
Abas ERP
5.0
Infor VISUAL
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Contract Authoring
Abas ERP
5.0
Infor VISUAL
Electronic Signatures
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
Supplier Assessment
Abas ERP
7.5
Infor VISUAL
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Abas ERP
6.0
Infor VISUAL
Supplier Management
Abas ERP
6.0
Infor VISUAL
Supplier Portal
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL

Manufacturing

Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
5.8
Production Process Design
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Production Management
Abas ERP
8.0
Infor VISUAL
5.0
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Abas ERP
3.0
Infor VISUAL
Work Execution
Abas ERP
9.0
Infor VISUAL
Manufacturing Costs
Abas ERP
7.0
Infor VISUAL
8.0
Configuration Management
Abas ERP
Infor VISUAL
5.0

Supply Chain

Abas ERP
5.8
Infor VISUAL
Inventory Planning
Abas ERP
6.5
Infor VISUAL
Performance Monitoring
Abas ERP
5.0
Infor VISUAL

Pros

  • Flexibility. ABAS is fully customizable. This allows us to create a work environment that is as custom as we are. Some ERP software packages force you to adopt their methods. With ABAS we can build the system the way we want it to work.
  • Adaptable. ABAS has the ability to work with other software packages and provide a seamless connection. We use Solid Works for our engineering designs. ABAS is connected to Solid Works and this eliminates transfer errors while reducing the time it takes for engineers to load bills of material.
  • Service. ABAS has well-trained service technicians. The time it takes to get a response is minimal and the network of knowledge their support group has, helps to streamline any tasks we may present or questions we may have.
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  • Infor Visual has a standard way of addressing business operations: sales orders, invoicing, reporting. It is easy to train operators used to using a manual or other ERP system.
  • Material control is easy for production runs, R&D material lists and repairs. The process of receiving, issuing and returning material to inventory is facilitated by standard interfaces that are easily learned by material control operators.
  • Engineering changes to bills of material are facilitated by the "engineering Master" flexible editing capability. The version control for the BOM's can be as detailed or vague as the process designed dictates. One item of a BOM or the entire BOM can be changed quickly and approved for production that day.
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Cons

  • ABAS is headquartered in Germany with a US based headquarters in Virginia. Some of the programming structures were based on European methods that differed somewhat from the way business is done in the US. ABAS-USA has worked to modify the system so that it is in tune with US business practices and has made great strides in this effort. For the average user, the structures may go unnoticed, but for the more advanced user, some of the field names that are used for advanced reporting might be in German. However, ABAS-USA has recently been updating the programming language to be fully in English.
  • Because ABAS is growing rapidly, more complex customizations might take longer to complete than normal. ABAS appears to be bringing on even more technicians to handle the increased workload so the concern is waning.
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  • At times a "shadow part" is necessary in the manufacturing process. This shadow part does not require an inventory transaction but is made a as a separate process - sometimes out of sequence to the general process flow. Infor Visual ver 6.3.5 does not have that capability.
  • When generating forms for business and manufacturing operations Infor Visual ver 6.3.5 has a limited number of options. To change or add forms requires an unsupported editor. When the stock and custom options are depleted an outside programming module is required as well as programmers to develop the forms.
  • While free software upgrades to the main operations modules have been part of the maintenance agreement. One upgrade required database and hardware support not justifiable for the current business model. The system was frozen at the current version at that time.
  • There is no easy way to differentiate between engineering documentation and production documentation.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Infor VISUAL8.0
Based on 1 answer
It is unlikely that we would spend the money and time it takes to make a switch again in the near future.
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Usability

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Infor VISUAL2.0
Based on 1 answer
If you are not very computer literate, this is a difficult system to learn.
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Implementation

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Infor VISUAL2.0
Based on 1 answer
Could have used more hands-on approach. There are multiple webinars and information sessions but until you actually use the system, these are not very helpful.
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Alternatives Considered

These other software packages all have strengths but for what we were looking for in one system, to handle most of our business processes, but also allow the flexibility to be customized (without the need to be placed on a "like to have" waiting list), ABAS gave us that ability, hands down.
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SAP Business One was selected for the China Division for cost and ease of training reasons. It does not have the capabilities required for the main office accounting or product engineering. It also was not available at the time of Visual Manufacturing selection.Epicor Eclipse was not available at the time of Visual Manufacturing selection. It has many if the features lacking in Infor Visual and integrates better with SalesForce.com CRM. Epicor is one of the upgrade systems that are being considered.SAP ERP is a large piece of software that requires long planning, implementation and training cycles. Its complexity requires a large support contingent even in a cloud implementation.
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Return on Investment

  • ABAS has the capability to handle many of the processes that we did on various software platforms. Since we've been able to consolidate these platforms, the cost of subscriptions, maintenance and management hasve been reduced.
  • Efficiency was a noticeable impact right from the start. In the past, reports from one system had to be loaded into another in order to provide the analysis needed for business decisions. Connections to our design software also reduced the amount of time our engineers spent manually creating bills of material and purchase requisitions.
  • The ability to see what's happening in various business functions all in one place has helped with decision making and provided the data necessary to ask the right questions when arriving at those hard decisions.
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  • I cannot comment on business impact.
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Pricing Details

Abas ERP

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Infor VISUAL

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details