ERP for aerospace & aviation: 
features, key integrations, benefits & services

ERP for aerospace & aviation: features, key integrations, benefits & services

September 5, 2023

Konstantin Pilkevich

by Konstantin Pilkevich,

Head of Itransition's ERP Center of Excellence

ERP for aerospace and aviation is a specialized enterprise resource planning system that aircraft companies use to consolidate, store, manage, and interpret data from their business processes to effectively manage production, supply chain, and after-sales operations.

With 25 years of experience in enterprise software engineering, Itransition delivers ERP solutions to help aerospace and aviation companies maintain a high quality of products and services, increase production capacity while minimizing waste, and quickly respond to market disruptions, meeting the stringent requirements of this highly regulated industry.

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About Itransition

10+ years of experience in ERP services

50+ completed projects of different scales across various industries

Hands-on expertise in delivering out-of-the-box, custom, and hybrid ERP solutions

An Odoo Silver Partner

A NetSuite Solution Provider

Client spotlight

ERP system maintenance for LISI Aerospace

Smooth workflow

reduced TCO costs

Our team optimized the legacy bolt-on modules and facilitated their integration with the ERP system and other enterprise applications to reconcile functionality gaps and optimize system support costs.

ERP system for a repair and maintenance service company

2x faster

work order management

Our team implemented an Odoo-based ERP solution to help the customer accelerate procurement and work order management as well as reduce manual operations by 90%.

Common features of aerospace & aviation ERP software

The functionality of a specific ERP software solution for aerospace and aviation businesses should be adjusted to the strategic and operational objectives of a company operating in these sectors. Common ERP modules we develop for aerospace and aviation include:

Procurement management

Enhancing financial planning and budgeting and simplifying complex procurement processes for aerospace and aviation companies with multiple purchasing categories and wide supplier networks.

  • Supplier relationship management: supplier selection, bidding, assessment, and contract management
  • Purchase requisitions and purchase order management
  • Catalog management
  • Spend monitoring (spend by period/product/location, spend vs budget)
  • Procurement planning and budgeting

Customer order processing

Enhancing customer experience due to quick fulfillment of customer orders and reduced quote-to-cash cycle times.

  • Automated order creation (including complex orders with different product types)
  • Centralized order routing for optimal divisions, warehouses, and sites
  • Сustomer order estimations with configurable pricing
  • Return management
  • Order and sales reporting (ongoing orders, pending orders, sales by products/location/channel)

Production planning

Eliminating over- or under-production by connecting material availability, production capacity, and work orders. Generating achievable production plans and schedules for aviation and aerospace parts manufacturing companies.

  • Simple and multi-level bill of materials creation and maintenance
  • Routing
  • Dynamic production scheduling and capacity planning
  • Support of various production modes (make to order, make to stock, engineer to order)
  • Detailed cost tracking, automatic standard costs, and variances calculation
  • Equipment repair scheduling

Production control

Getting visibility and full control of manufacturing processes for companies in the aircraft manufacturing industry to reduce the risk of error, shorten production cycle time, and reduce downtime.

  • 360-degree/365 shop floor control
  • Work order tracking and prioritization
  • Dynamic BOMs and routing adjustment
  • Engineering change request
  • Labor management

Quality control

Incorporating quality process control across the organization to timely identify and eliminate production quality issues and deliver high-quality products to customers.

  • Tracking the quality of incoming, in-process, and outbound material/inventory/finished goods
  • Material tagging
  • Nonconformance management
  • Equipment calibrations and inspections
  • Quality issues analysis
  • Vendor performance evaluation
  • Inspection test plans and checklists

Inventory management

Real-time inventory management across multiple locations to minimize inventory transportation and holding costs while eliminating shortages and ensuring timely order fulfillment.

  • Tracking of raw materials, finished goods, waste, MRO inventory, reverse inventory
  • Lot control and granular serial number tracking
  • Inventory cost accounting
  • Automated inventory replenishment by location, lot, serial number, or project
  • Analytics and reports (ABC category analysis, supply and demand changes analysis)

Project management

Governing and monitoring project progress, enhancing project team productivity, and optimizing and planning project resource usage with end-to-end project visibility.

  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Project progress monitoring
  • Project budgeting and estimations
  • Human resource and time management
  • Communication and collaboration capabilities

Traceability & compliance

Compliance with industry, government, and customer-specific regulations and end-to-end traceability with complete audit trails. A quick inspection of all goods in case of a mechanical failure and recall of crafts containing nonconforming components.

  • Lot/serial track and trace module
  • Automated audit trails
  • Graphic traceability trees
  • Document management (material certifications, inspection plans, procurement policies)
  • Compliance reporting (ITAR, EPA, FAA)
  • FCC registration

Customer service

Increasing customer satisfaction and enhancing customer support with the full visibility into customer service cases, related sales orders, requests, invoices, shipments, and returns. Building customer loyalty with improved first-call resolution.

  • 360° view of every customer interaction
  • Automated return management
  • Warranty management
  • Customer service contracts management
  • Integrated self-service customer portals

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Core integrations for aviation & aerospace ERP software

Itransition uses custom and third-party integration solutions to enable the uninterrupted information flow between the ERP platform and other systems comprising the IT ecosystem of the company. The common systems for integrations are:

Core integrations
Finance & accounting software
BI software


  • Integrated production data with customer demand and inventory data
  • Optimized inventory management and just-in-time delivery
  • Instant production adjustments in response to changes in demand
  • Accurate demand forecasting


  • Condition-based equipment maintenance
  • Automated production and repair operations scheduling
  • Accurate allocation of physical assets to production activities based on real-time equipment data
  • Streamlined procurement and spare parts management

Finance & accounting software

  • Full visibility of sales orders, payments, invoices, and subscription billing
  • Automated cash-matching and payment management
  • Real-time monitoring of cash flows, profitability and overall financial health of a company
  • Automated generation of budgets and financial plans


  • A 360°customer view (requests for quotes, open orders, invoices, accounts receivables, support cases)
  • Accelerated quote generation and accurate estimation of delivery dates
  • Improved invoice accuracy and cash flow
  • Streamlined quote-to-cash process


  • Unified format of communication with suppliers, customers, and partners
  • Streamlined exchange of order statuses, invoices, and shipping details
  • Getting instant automatic updates at the customer’s or supplier’s end
  • One-click access to production information for partners and customers

BI software

  • Customized KPI dashboards for any role in the organization
  • Out-of-the-box report templates or drag-and-drop capabilities
  • Automated alerts and notifications on important milestones

ERP software value for the aviation industry

A well-set-up uninterrupted data flow, data integrity, timeliness, and accuracy resulting from implementing ERP for aerospace parts manufacturing and aviation companies helps make informed decisions and optimize their core business operations from a single platform.

Maximized operational efficiency

ERP for aviation ensures the automation of tedious work streams – inventory management, invoice generation, and aircraft maintenance, repair, and quality control. Thus, it helps to minimize the risk of errors and save qualified specialists' time for high-priority and revenue-generating activities.

Sustainable aircraft manufacturing

ERP systems support aviation and aerospace manufacturing sustainability by enabling lean manufacturing, supply chain resilience, and timely management of demand fluctuations. It also helps to cut production and operational costs, minimize material and production scrap, and avoid excess and obsolete inventories while ensuring on-time delivery to customers.

Simplified risk management & compliance

ERP brings standardized business processes and workflows, accurate financial reporting and forecasting capabilities. This enables aerospace companies to adhere to local, federal, and global environmental regulatory compliance requirements and minimize the risk of costly fines and penalties.

Accurate & efficient communication

ERP software stores corporate data in one central location and makes it accessible to authorized personnel. This helps companies operating in the aviation, defense, and aerospace industries streamline business workflows, eliminate outdated or inconsistent data, and automate error-prone manual data management tasks.

Popular off-the-shelf ERP software for aerospace & aviation

Key features
  • Fleet management
  • Inventory management
  • Invoicing
  • Purchase management
  • Sales management
  • Manufacturing management
  • Production quality management
  • Warehouse management
  • Repairs management
  • Human resources management
  • Project planning and controlling
  • Procurement management
  • Accounting and finance
  • CRM and estimation
Best for
  • Small organizations
  • Mid-sized organizations
Product limitations
  • Requires solid expertise to scale
Product differentiator
  • Flexible deployment options (cloud and on-premises)

Key features
  • Finance management and accounting
  • Service and marketing automation
  • Human resource management
  • Billing
  • Asset management
  • CRM
  • Sales order management
  • Opportunity management
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Revenue recognition
  • Financial analytics
  • Reporting
Best for
  • Companies of all sizes
Product limitations
  • Price hikes in the long run
Product differentiator
  • A cloud-native solution supporting standard business processes and workflows

Key features
  • Manufacturing and quality management
  • Project management
  • Supply chain management
  • Vendor management
  • Billing and costing
  • Financial and accounting
  • Inventory and order management
  • Asset management
  • CRM
  • Customer service
Best for
  • Small organizations
  • Mid-sized organizations
Product limitations
  • Requires sufficient IT expertise to setup and scale
  • High costs in the long run
Product differentiator
  • Strong manufacturing focus
  • Extensive supply chain management capabilities

Key features
  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Field service
  • Product lifecycle manufacturing
  • Support for various manufacturing modes
  • Quality control
  • Inventory management
  • Demand planning and forecasting
  • Trade management
Best for
  • Small organizations
  • Mid-sized organizations
Product limitations
Requires sufficient IT expertise to deploy and scale
Product differentiator
Strong field service module

Key features
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Quality management
  • Project management
  • Support for various manufacturing modes
  • CAD
  • Asset management
  • Job management
  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Mobile field service management
  • Maintenance management
  • Supply chain management
Best for
  • Small organizations
  • Mid-sized organizations
Product limitations
Not suitable for diversified workflows and geographies, an emerging reseller network
Product differentiator
  • Advanced MES capabilities
  • High flexibility

Key features
  • Production and project management
  • Support for various manufacturing modes
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontract operations
  • Procurement management
  • Job costing
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Customer service and field service management
  • Supply chain management
  • Workforce planning and reporting
Best for
  • Growing companies
  • Large companies
Product limitations
Requires significant customizations or configurations for compliance
Product differentiator
Flexible, adaptable, and easy to integrate due to an open architecture

Key features
  • Material requirements planning
  • Manufacturing management
  • Product configurator
  • Financial management
  • Project accounting
  • Distribution management
  • Field service edition
  • Customer relationship management
  • Advanced planning and scheduling
  • Analytics and reporting
Best for
  • Small companies
  • Mid-sized companies
Product limitations
  • A steep learning curve
  • Analytics and reporting setup requires significant effort
Product differentiator
  • High level of customization
  • Ease of use
  • Flexible pricing model

Key features
  • Project and program management
  • Procurement management
  • Material requirement planning
  • Mixed-mode manufacturing capabilities
  • Quality and vendor supplier certification
  • Inventory and logistics
  • Finance and accounting
  • Risk management
  • Enterprise performance management
Best for
Growing and large companies
Product limitations
No pre-packaged aerospace-specific functionality
Product differentiator
  • Global supply chain capabilities
  • Product flexibility

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Success factors to maximize aerospace & aviation ERP ROI

Integration flexibility

ERP software should offer sets of pre-built connectors, open/standardized APIs to facilitate seamless connectivity with heavily customized software, legacy homegrown systems, and apps with different interface protocols.

Robust security

An ERP solution should offer granular access control, sensitive data anonymization and dynamic masking, end-to-end encryption, and multi-factor authentication to comply with strict industry-specific regulatory requirements.


ERP software should support remote access (with configurable access management capabilities) to enable an increasing number of employees to use business-critical data from mobile devices without compromising system security.


ERP software should incorporate advanced ML, AI, and IoT-enabled technologies to eliminate error-prone manual tasks performed by individual employees to free resources for performing high-value activities.

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