If you’ve not heard of ABAS, you are not alone. The German based ERP software company has been around since 1980 and has quietly gone about building a solid base of customers with high satisfaction rates. Their focus is product development and customer satisfaction, not marketing.
A Brief History of ABAS
Some might have heard of them as Abacus back in the 80s. Today they’re called ABAS and they’re the 13th largest ERP software company with 2,700 customers worldwide and over 100 customers in the United States. ABAS now has a global footprint with 56 subsidiaries in 22 countries across Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
We have recently seen ABAS in a number of our ERP selection projects for both distribution and manufacturing industries. And while they support manufacturers, they do not engage in ERP selection projects in process manufacturing industries. In conversations with abas-US President, Alan Salton, we learned that Abas considers complex manufacturing their “sweet spot”. They have built the product around make-to-order (MTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing.
ABAS has taken a different technology route than many of the popular mid-market Microsoft based ERP firms. ABAS has developed their ERP system with Java and some other open source tools. This open system that can run on most operating system, althought Linux or Unix seem to be the preferred platform.
Highlights of ABAS’ ERP Software
- A complete and integrated e-business suite of applications addresses the marketing needs with product data (images, copy) management and web store function.
- When the mouse hovers over a number, the system displays the description for a customer or an item. This saves on screen “real estate” usage.
- The new version of the ERP system comes with a complete business intelligence tool for analysis in addition to dashboards for user or role portals.
- Many of the ERP modules are mobile enabled.
- A new Project Planning module is in the new version. It is a robust project management tool that eliminates the need for Microsoft Project Gantt charts and can be used in project-based manufacturing.
- An interface to SolidWorks.
The current technology is thin client and using the native GUI components on the client. The newest version uses browser technology for role based interfaces and the future version will be 100 percent browser based.
The ERP product is functionally very strong and the overall ease of use is very good. We think that ABAS will continue to grow in their customer base and market penetration. If you are a mid-market company in the “complex” manufacturing industry, we would encourage you to consider ABAS as a possible ERP solution provider.