abas ERP


 

Abas ERP is a solution geared towards small to midsized manufacturers and distributors. Abas has three main application offerings on the market today: Abas ERP, Abas Distribution and Abas eB, a line of e-business solutions that can be accessed through a web browser.

The Customer Portal allows users to browse products, place quotes and orders, view quotes and orders in real time and can be customized to fit users' needs.

The Vendor Portal allows vendors to view and release purchase orders and requests, view shipment and tracking information. It too is customizable, and can be integrated with the Abas Workflow Editor to control transactions released or updated by vendors.

The Workflow Editor is a plugin that provides a graphical editor to create new workflows, integrates with Abas' ERP functions and allows users to view a prioritized list of tasks and approvals.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Unix, IBM OS/400, Windows 2000

19 Reviews of abas ERP

 
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from KLN
Specialty: Furniture / Home Decor

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This software has a file icon that has become significant in the process of my researching. It allows for me to see the flow of any purchase order. I am able to search for the purchase order in question and click on the file icon which shows me up to the invoice the purchase order was processed to. This has saved me time in researching if a receiver has been misplaced into a wrong invoice.

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The biggest inconvenience I have found in this software is the inability to easily make corrections. Once there is an error posted, it has to go through a process to make it right.

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I highly recommend getting comfortable with the system. If you set aside time to familiarize yourself with the screens that open up with each click it will help you in understanding how simple it actually is.

 
 

from KLN Mfg
Specialty: Metal Fabrication

Fast to learn, very dynamic

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It was easy to learn & link to other databases for information.

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It is too easy to have too many windows open, the windows all tile individually, so you can get lost if you move around a lot. I have no complaints about the vendor, they are very involved personally with us.

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From the prior product to this one, I would guess that it was the attention to detail that was given when reviewing what we needed. abas-USA was instrumental in touching all the main involved parties so that all were aware that all needs could be met.

 
 

from KLN
Specialty: Other Industry

ABAS - review

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the ability to drag detail to excel it allowed to research and recon easily

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That vendor information as far address, 1099, vendor payments and invoices were not in the same module. The ability to see what invoices were paid and how at face value. the Current payment module was difficult to read and not was user friendly. My experience with previous softwares we had the ability to take a screen shot and send to a vendor their activity and they would be able to read. I also dislike that AR and AP could not both post to the same supplementary General ledger account for sales tax payable, this was extremely frustrating.

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Need working instructions that are updated with the version individuals have. After going to the training workshops in Virginia and coming back home with training manuals that did not match the system was frustrating.

 
 

from PT. Bumi Cahaya Unggul
Specialty: Industrial Machinery

ABAS ERP is awesome

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It is user-friendly product. My very first experience in ERP.
So all I could say that ABAS allready gave me the good impression.

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Sometimes the bug of this product resulting a crash that can afect to my work.

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I recommend that ABAS should does the minor bug fixing every day.
Plan, organize, actuate and control.

 
 

from Beckwood Press
Specialty: Industrial Machinery

ABAS-Part of the Family

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This ERP software is very flexible and customization to fit our needs. It also contains many "cutting edge" features like integration with Solid Works engineering design software, E-Business, Document Management and Business Apps that many of the others did not have or were "bolt" on third party add-ons. Working with ABAS through the install and continued support I have to say the feeling that we are part of the "family" is what I like best about this vendor. They take the time to listen to what you are trying to accomplish and work with you to solve your issues all while maintaining a positive attitude.

Likes Least

The source coding is in German. While this doesn't affect the average user since all screens are translated to the native language it makes it a little more difficult for advanced users who wish to do their own programming or screen adjustments.

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With all ERP software, it’s garbage in and garbage out. If you load erroneous or incomplete data into the software you cannot expect good clean reports. Making sure that data is complete and accurate before migration is key. Secondly make sure what you see in a sales presentation is included in the quote you receive. Some companies will show you every bell and whistle only to find out later that it's only included at an additional fee. ABAS had everything that was included laid out for us so we knew exactly what we were getting. The only additional fees were for customizations that we specifically asked for.

 
 

from KLN Manufacturing
Specialty: Metal Fabrication

Great new up & coming tool

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The product is fully customizable. A business can actually successfully launch this ERP within the budget set. Abas-USA does a fantastic job of keeping the customer in the know for how well you are doing with your goals, and letting you know how much you will have to do in house in order to keep your costs down. If you are willing to spend, they are great at doing the work, training the users, keeping everyone in the know.

Likes Least

Some core functionality you would expect from a software is not there. Specific accounting rules, tolerances, etc. The training manuals are not well spelled out, or are few and far between.

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If you have all of your expectations, structure built, designated team for launching & data entry, sensible timeline, roadmap, then I would say the business is ready to start, reviewing.

 
 

from City Hospitals and Clinics Plc
Specialty: High Technology

The best Linux based ERP software in Europe!

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I have personally worked with the vendor in Karlsruhe for the Bulgarian localization and I can tell they are very flexible and efficient team and they do the job. I like abas ERP as this is the only Linux based ERP that has the complete functionality developed as a regular ERP with particular focus in production, which is in itself rare for any ERP.

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Although it is commercial for a Linux based product the company that chooses to use it has to developed a small team of Linux professionals (which are more expensive and rare to find in Bulgaria than Windows specialists) internally.

Recommendations

Make sure you develop a complete business case for this ERP with its alternatives as in the long run (3-5 years) it may cost you as much as another none Linux ERP.

 
 

from Pankl
Specialty: Automotive

It can be a real pain in the ABAS

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This software work very well for planning and purchasing. Once you get your groove an figure everything out, it can work very smoothly(that should take 2 months)

Likes Least

The backend of this program is all in German, so start practicing now. Everytime you add or remove a feature, everything else goes crazy. Sometimes adding features can be extremely difficult and you will need to be well verse in coding.

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Dont try it on a trial basis, you need to see someone else who is currently using it.

 
 

from AVTEQ
Specialty: Other Industry

Not a fan of ABAS

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There isn't much to like.

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I often found that the vendor did not have the answers to my questions. I always had to do something special to make it work.

Recommendations

Do as much research and ask lots of questions before signing up!

 
 

from KLN Mfg.
Specialty: Other Industry

Review 07 08 2014

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You can see all selections, which makes it easy to navigate through.

Likes Least

It doesn't allow you to void, delete, or make corrections after you post.

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Make sure everything is correct before posting. If not, save so you can come back to it later.

 
 

from KLN Mfg.
Specialty: Metal Fabrication

ABAS Super user vs. Clerk user

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I like the ability to drill down and the ability to cosmetically change the user module to reflect the user's preference.

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It's mainly for super users and not regular data entry clerks. I feel the system is complicated and the program does not come with many standard features. Instead of standard items that you would find in an accounting module in another ERP software, they make them upgrades.

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Look to simplify daily tasks, such as creating an invoice or a payment. It should be one-stop shopping instead of having to navigate through several modules to complete one task.

 
 

from KLN Manufacturing, LLC
Specialty: Metal Fabrication

After researching 14 different software packages, this one won us over

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I like how customizable it is. You can see as much or as little as you like on any window, and you can add more filters to reports if you are not satisfied with the standard. If you find you are running the same query all the time, you can make a quick report, which takes about 5 min. You typically do not have to go outside the DB to make a report. The vendor is good to work with. They pair you with consultants that fit your organization; they are all very personable and willing to help you out at any hour.

Likes Least

It takes too long to answer the tickets. The accounting side of it is a little off of what we consider normal procedures.

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If evaluating this particular one, understand that the demo product is fully customized. It is nothing like the standard out of the box when you open it.

 
 

from Lisega Inc

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Lisega, based in Zeven, Germany, is the worldwide market leader in the pipe support industry, primary servicing the power and petrochemical industries. We are a global organization with manufacturing facilities in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and China.

In the early 1990s, Lisega realized that with our planned growth, we would not be able to manage the business with existing systems. Abas ERP was selected as our new standard business software, and implemented in Germany and the US in 1993, with all other sites following over the next few years. Since implementation, global sales have increased over 500%, and Abas ERP has kept pace with and supported our growth. Almost all of our 1,100 employees directly use or consume data from the Abas system on a daily basis, from the production floor to the CFO.

The greatest benefit to Abas, from our point of view, is the flexibility. Over the past two decades, we have implemented hundreds of additional features to support our business processes, have integrated Abas with our other applications (project management, APS, document archiving, PLM, CAD, and others), and have done all of it using our in house IT staff. When support is required (either development or operational) we have found the Abas staff to be knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive of our efforts. Overall, it's fair to say that Abas ERP has been a significant contributor to the success of our business, and I strongly recommend it to the SMB manufacturing community.

 

from Veris Inc.

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My organization is an engineer to order business that services many different industries and applications. We have a base product that can have hundreds of options that are added to it making BOM creation and credibility difficult at times. Prior to moving to Abas ERP, my organization used M2M, which was not easy to use and was not easily customized to accommodate our needs. To make customizations in M2M, we had to have a programmer right a number of external programs that would write to M2M allowing us to get what we needed from the system. Although this helped us, it also kept us from receiving support from M2M and allowing us to upgrade to newer versions.

The switch to Abas ERP was a very good transition… much easier than I anticipated. I believe a lot of this has to do with the amount of time we took to test and ensure all our information was entered into the system properly. We spent nearly a year preparing the system to go live and with the help of the extremely knowledgeable and helpful consultants. I can say that we have a great deal of confidence in the information in our system, which is something we never had with our previous system. In addition, we spent 4 months of training the users twice a week prior to going live and when we went live, our users knew what they were going to see and were very prepared for the transition.

We have been on the system for 7 weeks now and I can honestly say that we have had VERY few problems and when problems have come up, Abas has been quick to address them and help us through them. The only area that I think the system lacks is in the area of subcontracted parts. The system does limit you to what you can do with these parts, making switching parts to and from subcontracting an extremely daunting task. All-in-all, I could not have asked for a better experience with an ERP system and organization and this is my third ERP system implementation in 12 years.

 

from Pankl Racing Systems AG

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Pankl Racing Systems, based in Austria, specializes in developing and manufacturing engine and drive-train components for racing cars, high performance vehicles and the aerospace industry. Pankl is a global organization with worldwide subsidiaries in Austria, UK, USA, Slovakia and Japan.

In Austria we've been using abas ERP since 1995, in the USA since 2002, in the UK since 2004 and in Slovakia since 2008. At the moment we are running abas ERP version 2009r4n11 at all the Pankl subsidiaries.

We decided to use abas ERP because it provides all the necessary functions for a mid-market manufacturer like Pankl and from our point of view it has a really good cost/performance ratio. Another benefit is the flexibility of abas ERP. If your company needs customizations, like additional fields in screens to enter data or personalized reports, abas can make that happen.

I was not personally involved in the abas ERP implementation process in Austria and the UK, but I never heard anything negative about these projects. The implementation process in the UK and in Slovakia took 3 to 6 months at each subsidiary. It took us a little bit longer in Slovakia compared to the UK, because we are running abas ERP in Slovakia in 4 different languages: Slovak, Czech, English and German. Both software vendors, in the UK and in Slovakia, were really helpful during the whole roll out process.

We received all the help we needed during the implementation process and I really appreciate the fast response time of abas USA when there are problems or just user requests.

In a demo system, which is actually a copy of the live database, each department receives special training in abas ERP. This approach has 2 major benefits:

1. The user has the chance to increase his knowledge of abas using familiar examples from the live system

2. The user is already in contact with the abas ERP system, but in a "save" demo environment, where he cannot damage anything in the live database.

Based on our experience such lessons are more efficient for a new user than just classroom lectures. Our users usually learn to use abas ERP really quickly after these training sessions.

As with each software solution, abas ERP has "special" features and functions, but if you are aware of them you gain a big advantage in handling the abas ERP software.

The biggest benefit is to have all the relevant data from purchasing and sales, production, materials management, production planning and control (PPC) and financial accounting combined in one system.

 
 
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