Aptean Made2Manage ERP is designed for manufacturers in job shops and dynamic “to-order” and mixed-mode environments. It's suitable for SMB manufacturers in industries like industrial equipment, electronics and fabricated metal, and Made2Manage can support a mix of make-to-order, assemble-to-order, make-to-stock and engineer-to-order manufacturing methods. 

Core areas of functionality include quoting, planning and scheduling, procurement, engineering management, manufacturing, inventory management and finance. Made2Manage is intended to coordinate all business processes within the organization.

Features include real-time planning and scheduling, actual job costing, shop floor execution features and lot and serial number traceability. It can deliver full business intelligence reports with the option to drill down to specific data. Integration with CAD engineering tools helps manage BOM data, and a built-in customer relationship management (CRM) component with Microsoft Outlook integration helps manage account information and interactions with customers and prospects. 

Made2Manage offers a range of configuration options, allowing businesses to customize forms and menus, control user access rights and modify workflows to support operations across different locations or subsidiaries.

Advanced scheduling
Advanced scheduling

Advanced scheduling

Cadlink integration

Cadlink integration

Manufacturing execution

Manufacturing execution

Margin analyzer

Margin analyzer

Planned purchase queue

Planned purchase queue

Quote price summary 2

Quote price summary 2

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000



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Michael from Trilogy-Net Inc.

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Awesome for one-stop software in Manufacturing

Pros

Easy to change reports and have setup how your company requires it. Excellent support from Made2Manage throughout install and an usage.

Cons

Can be a bit bulky for smaller organization, but if you are a larger company 50+ employees, it should be okay.

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Andrea from Abode Construction

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Made to Manage more like Made to Damage

In 2006 the company I worked for was sold M2M as a ERP system that would make our business paperless (mostly) We killed more trees after installing it. The notifiers were less than helpful and most users stopped looking at them because the information was useless. When it came to digesting information in the system to make sense of what are actual inventory #'s were or job statuses we had to have a programmer write a script that pulled the info from M2M and redesigned it into something legible using Excel. He finally wrote the script to include BOM (parent/children) where used, pick tickets for each machine build or job running through our machine shop as well as parts orders. The features we needed were just not there. So they promised it would fix it in the next update, then the next one and next until we on 6.5 which crashed our network (some type of bug) The field service module which was purchased as an addition did also not work as promised. All BOM would have to be loaded in order to create a service case, then create a sales order or work order from there.

Pros

M2M is very easy to learn and easy to navigate. Can be customized but for a price. If there are other users in your area M2M offers user group meetings that can be very informational. They also have M2M university which is a series of in depth how to's on the various functions within the system. Can set each user to only have access to things pertaining to their job function within the company.

Cons

Not a paperless system!! Reporting is awful. Newest version allows for too many mistakes. Areas that should not be able to be edited are still open once saved; including the inventory screen! After latest update UPS Worldship interface no longer worked. Sure they offer customization however unless they have an overwhelming demand for the feature your company may need to do business the charges to write the script and update your version are high. When sending a service trouble shooting ticket do not expect an answer right away. It typically takes there service team several days to respond and most of the time the answer is we need to look further into it.

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Ron from Orchard Machinery Corporation

Industry:  Automotive

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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June 2018

Works fairly well and easy to extraction information in Microsoft Excel

Pros

Functionality is basically the same throughout all areas of the system. Report go to excel spreadsheets very easily

Cons

A lot of redundancy and many necessary steps to accomplish one task. Would be nice to be able to have some of the steps streamlined.

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Lynn from CDI

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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March 2018

Great product for small to mid size manufacturers

Pros

Manage your business from beginning to end. Outstanding support department. Product improvements are finally keeping pace with customer needs.

Cons

Licensing and support are expensive. It is also costly to implement optional modules. Consulting is also speedy but dependable and reliable.

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Jerry from American Polywater Corp

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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March 2018

M2M ver 7

Pros

Good product overall, been a long journey to get off VFP, but they are getting there.
Support is great and gets you the answers needed.

Cons

Maintenance is costly. Not a cheap program. Interface is dated. could use a face lift to more modern look.

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Sherri from Blue DIamond

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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November 2017

Too Expensive - the cost for support goes up 6% EVERY year

Make sure you factor in not only the cost of the software, but also the support

Pros

It's fairly easy to use, basic reports are awful, but the ability to create your own makes it much better (you will need someone with good technical skills)

Cons

Expensive, the support costs alone go up 6% every single year. They want you to buy the support for multiple years to limit your increase to 3%, but there is a NO REFUND policy. Support only covers a few things, if there is a programming problem - they will not fix it if they have corrected it in a later version. The solution is almost always for you to upgrade. The problem is, they want to charge you for that too and their compatibility with other programs like Microsoft Office or Adobe is frequently lagging. New versions of software are very buggy.

Job Order Costs do not provide enough flexibility (not GAAP).

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Pam from Alecom Metal Works, inc.

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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September 2017

Made 2 Manage is a True Management Tool

As an admin and on site support for this software, I could not recommend a better solution to a med to large campany that is wanting to see the indepth view of their financials, operations, etc... It is more than most small businesses would need as there are much more approapriate solutions for the samll business out there that an ROI can be achieved in as little as a few months to 1 year.. M2M has constantly stayed current with providing updates and new releases releases that are driven by the recommendations and suggustions of their customers. I certainly rate M2M for a med to large business as one of the top options to review.

Pros

Where to start with M2M - The team of people are fabo, well knowledged and really know how to help you figure out how the best way to use the software to reap yourself the fastest ROI and provide you with all the data you could ever want.

Cons

Expensive, they say you get what you pay for, well this software is on the higher side but .... and I do mean but...... the skill level of the help you can get is well worth some of those extra expenses.

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Tim from Orchard Machinery Corporation

Industry:  Other Industry

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July 2016

Purchasing/Inventory tracking

Pros

I like the Inventory set up of the program. Easily able to purchase/manage material for multiple locations within one system. navigating between each location and knowing their Inventory levels and sales history is fairly simple. Creating Blanket P.O.s is also a function I like, creating them is easy and they are very easy for my vendors to read and understand.

Cons

I do not like the fact you can manually change Average cost, that should be driven by purchases/sales and should not be able to be changed by anyone using the system. I do not like the receiving function. If you make an error in the lines you want to receive, you can't add them during the process, you have to go back and start over.

Ron from Orchard Machinery Corporation

Industry:  Automotive

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July 2016

Helps with running a company, definitely room for improvement

Pros

ability to run reports into Excel. this is really help in sorting through all the data

Cons

some of the processes could use some streamlining.

Alex from Orchard Machinery

Industry:  Industrial Machinery

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July 2016

Hired to migrate M2M from 7.0 to 7.5 w/Advanced Planning & Scheduling

Pros

M2M has most of the functionality and reports needed to run a manufacturing operation, including Shop Floor Manager that helps to monitor activity on the production floor.

Cons

At the 7.0 level there are problems with MRP weekly buckets and reports are difficult to modify (still in MS VFP). The quality of the tutorials varies from subject to subject. Managing parts at multiple locations is very cumbersome as you are required to create a new part # for each part at each off-site location. Customer support can be spotty and the cost for custom reports is quite expensive.

Michelle from KLN Mfg.

Industry:  Metal Fabrication

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July 2014

M2M functionality and user-friendly

Pros

I love the user-friendly modules.

Cons

The inability to import long journal entries into the system.

John from Centryco Inc.

Industry:  Other Industry

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July 2014

Using M2M 7.01

Pros

I like Aptean's new website for support.

Cons

Not all products and functions are documented clearly. The course offerings for 7.01 are not complete.

Leah from KLN Manufacturing, LLC

Industry:  Metal Fabrication

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June 2014

Great functionality

Pros

It can do it all.

Cons

It is not as customizable as others. Upgrading required a lot of resources that we did not want to put out.

Justin from ALMACO

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August 2013

We have been using M2M ERP for over a decade. Our implementation process was difficult for us, but it was our doing. Since then, M2M has been a cornerstone of our business and allowed us to grow year after year. This ERP works well for an engineer to order business that needs a flexible ERP structure. While it has been useful for us, it is not a perfect system. We have had to pay for additional modules and customizations to increase the functionality of the ERP these are expensive endeavors and have not been overly successful. Overall, we are satisfied with our ERP.

Jaime from Eaton OPC

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August 2013

I've been using M2M since Sept. of 2012. The software is very powerful and extremely easy to learn and use. In two to three weeks of use I was very comfortable using it. I'm not sure what rev level my plant is actually on, and/or what improvements might be available that we are not taking advantage of, but what I've seen and experienced of it, I can say that I recommend it without hesitation. The plant is a medium voltage metal-clad custom manufacturing facility. The package is used for employee time sheets, bidding jobs, scheduling and tracking of labor/materials, purchasing materials and equipment, creating shipping bills of lading, and even the invoicing of our customers after the order is delivered. It's a solid, dependable and powerful manufacturing software package. Anyone considering an ERP system should definitely evaluate this package.

Jill from Thermik Corporation

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August 2013

As a small manufacturing company our Business Software is critical to our doing business the best we possibly can. We've been using M2M since 1999 and have gone through a couple of upgrades since then. Our current Version is 6.01. Our hope during the upgrades was that we would have a stable product with more usable features - and I'm afraid we've encountered significant issues after each upgrade. We have found the product to be less stable after upgrading, and the changes to functionality make it more difficult to use, not less! On the plus side it is an affordable package and we are able to do the basic functions we need to enter orders, schedule jobs and invoice. But there are so many opportunities for the software to be better designed and supported to meet actual customer needs.

Janet from Mathews Company

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August 2013

We are a discrete job shop manufacturer who makes capital equipment. We run the SQL version 6.01 of Made2Manage. There are things I love about Made2Manage include the ease of navigation and ability to go directly to any screen using the mnemonic name of the screen; the ability to have read-only access to the data tables using Microsoft Access so that I can create my own reporting; the linkage between screens enabling quick lookup of other screens relating to the same data; the ability to drill-down utilizing the Explorer function; and the Shop Floor Manager is really slick. There are things that really need improvement though. There are many problems with reports the system generates, particularly Accounting reports that we have had to create "work-around" processes in order to handle. The Cash Flow report does not calculate properly, the income statement does not calculate % of sales correctly, the income statement does not correctly report "Net Profit Before Tax", and many more. As a management accountant at the Controller level, I have used many different ERP systems in my career. I would not recommend Made2Manage.

Rob from Black Bros. Co.

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August 2013

I am new to my role (one-man IT shop) and also my company. Made2Manage has been the backbone of our business for 15 years, thus the administration and maintenance of the product is probably my primary responsibility out of all the responsibilities I have here. We are currently using v5.6 because we are very reliant on the older, less involved Configurator. We do not have a person with the capabilities in both technology and our production, that is required to run and maintain the new Configurator. Of course, this is causing problems as more and more of our old 32-bit, Windows XP workstations are being replaced by 64-bit, Windows 7 workstations. Much of my M2M responsibility is assisting our users with the workarounds required so that v5.6 and Win7 can exist. It would be ideal, of course, if we could hire or devote an employee to the care and feeding of the new Configurator, so we could upgrade our M2M installation to a version that supports Windows 7. But with our resources, that is simply not possible at this time. Our M2M support has been mixed since our old IT Director left the company. He had built many relationships with members of the Aptean staff which I unfortunately did not really acquire.

Daniel from Norscan Instruments Ltd.

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August 2013

Norscan Instruments Ltd. is an Electronics Engineering and Manufacturing company with about 30 employees. We have a relatively large number of products, most of which are small volume. We had to support our existing products for at least 10 years (or more), and many of the products were customized for each customer. Most of our products have circuit boards, which can have hundreds to thousands of individual components, along with multiple sub-assemblies - which make Bills Of Materials (BOMs) very complex. Back in 1997, we were looking for an ERP system that could tie our accounting, purchasing, product bills of materials, and labor reporting all together. At the time, all of these existed in their own software, or databases and spreadsheets. It was imperative that the system be able to handle multiple levels of BOMs and Routings. After looking at a few systems, it became apparent that there was a significant effort required just to evaluate these systems to measure performance against a set of requirements. At the time, we did not have any resources available to do this, and there was a local VAR that sold, integrated, and supported Made2Manage (M2M) locally (which was M2M's model then). The pricing fit our budget and we went ahead and purchased the system in 1997 with a target of going live in the start of 1998. The version at that time was based of Visual Foxpro. The implementation was a bit bumpy at first. Our system was the first for the VAR, and actually we were one of the first companies in Canada to use M2M, and there were a number of things that were not Canadian-ized. M2M was very quick to make these changes in the software. Our VAR designed many custom reports for us (wrote full code) that we later found out wasn't really necessary, as the "canned" reports in M2M can be easily tweaked to suit most companies needs. This is an important factor for future upgrades as custom reports may not function if there are database changes with the upgrades. The entire staff was trained, and like any new system, there was some hesitation, duplication of work, and many errors. This is why we ran M2M parallel with our existing systems for a few months before going live. Something that I don't think would be acceptable in a larger organization. We persisted, and were completely ready when it was time to go live. In general, M2M is fairly easy to use. The GUI is straight forward, and has had major improvements over the 15+ years we have been using it. The majority (if not all) improvements have come straight from the users themselves, and as more and more customers purchased M2M, the feedback just became better. When there are issues, M2M support team is there to help. Unfortunately, the help usually takes longer than the user wants, as usually something will go wrong and you need it fixed immediately. Most problems usually are resolved within 24 hours. As a user since 1998, we have build up a lot of in-house expertise, so to be fair to M2M, when we call for support, it's usually due to a very complex issue - usually requiring a second level or higher support person. We have purchased additional add-on modules (advanced reporter, production scheduler & shop floor manager). For accounting/finance, I don't think you can do without the Advanced Reporter. It makes writing custom financial reports a breeze. Our MFG personnel really like the addition of the Shop Floor Manager. It allows for each individual or work center know what they need to work on that day, what the status of materials are for the job, and an easy way to enter in their labor. Over the years, we have continually changed processes in order to obtain better quality and margins, and M2M has been an important tool in order to gain the type of visibility needed for both Quality and continuous improvement. Today, we still don't use all the features in M2M, but we are always looking at those features each year to determine whether it makes sense to implement into our business or not. Over the years, there have been quite a number of people who have gained expert knowledge about M2M (outside of the M2M staff), and as such there is usually a pretty good knowledge base in the forums. I would certainly recommend M2M to anyone in our line of business.

Jason from Jewell Attachments, LLC.

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August 2013

We build everything to customize logging, demolition, recycling, and scrap machines. We usually take a standard excavator base machine, modify the hydraulics and electrical components, then build the boom, guarding, grapples and etc. to fit the customers specific needs for the type of industry they work in. Roughly 11 years ago we started using M2M. Prior to that I think they were just using Excel and other small spreadsheets/business systems to do most of their manufacturing, engineering, and sales data entry. M2M is a very user friendly system with a lot of useful areas that we are still digging in to and learning more about on a daily basis. The customer support has always been very good and we look forward to using M2M in the years to come.


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