Solution Arms Project-Oriented Manufacturers For On-Time, On-Budget Delivery

Compiled By Deborah Austin A business process solution for companies that manage complex business projects -- VISUAL Enterprise Project-Based Manufacturing -- has been launched by enterprise and supply-chain management solutions provider Lilly Software Associates Inc., Hampton, N.H. The solution -- which incorporates Lilly's traditional enterprise functionality such as scheduling, production, inventory control and logistics -- includes a comprehensive work breakdown structure (WBS) letting users build a hierarchical definition of project reporting elements, as well as support for planning multiple projects. Managers can develop and manage costs from request-for-proposal through project completion, and perform scheduling/analysis. Integrated functionality lets companies handle budgets for proposals and approved programs, copying them into work orders and relevant milestones. Users can set up multi-type multi-year rate codes for direct and indirect costs and expenses.

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