ERP for aerospace: features, 
key integrations, benefits, and services

ERP for aerospace: features, key integrations, benefits, and services

September 5, 2023

Konstantin Pilkevich
by Konstantin Pilkevich, Head of Itransition's ERP Center of Excellence
Aerospace ERP 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 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

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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 ERP software

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

Procurement management

Simplifying procurement for aerospace companies with multiple purchasing categories, wide supplier networks, and complex procurement processes as well as enhancing budgeting and financial planning.

  • 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

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Core integrations for 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
MES
CMMS
Finance and accounting software
CRM
EDI
BI software

MES

  • 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

CMMS

  • 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 and 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

CRM

  • 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

EDI

  • 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 aerospace industry

A well-set-up uninterrupted data flow, data integrity, timeliness, and accuracy resulting from ERP integration help aerospace companies view their core business processes.

Maximized operational efficiency

ERP ensures the automation of tedious work streams – inventory management, maintenance, repair, quality control, and invoice generation. 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 aerospace manufacturing sustainability by enabling lean manufacturing, supply chain resilience, and timely management of demand fluctuations. It also helps to cut production costs, minimize material and production scrap, and avoid excess and obsolete inventories while ensuring on-time delivery to customers.

Simplified risk management and 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 and efficient communication

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

Popular off-the-shelf ERP software for aerospace

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)

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Implement aerospace ERP software with Itransition

ERP consulting

ERP consulting

We help aerospace companies make a sound ERP technology choice and support them the implementation to ensure ERP project success.

ERP implementation

We offer end-to-end implementation of the market-leading off-the-shelf ERP platforms or custom ERP software, from business needs analysis to solution deployment and after-launch support.

Success factors to maximize aerospace ERP ROI

Integration flexibility

ERP software should offer sets of pre-built connectors, open/standardized APIs to connect well with heavily customized software, legacy homegrown systems, and applications 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.

Mobile-ready

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.

Automation

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.