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We'll help you turn good intentions into successful manufacturing software selection.

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CTS Guides has been evaluating and recommending software for mid-market manufacturing since 1990. In spite of all the improvements in technology and information available on the web, the job of choosing the optimal software solution system hasn’t gotten any easier. This is due to the proliferation of vendors, changes in technology, expansion of applications (from simple manufacturing to MRP, then ERP with its much broader range of applications). The last factor, and perhaps most important, is identifying a product that not only meets functional needs, but one that staff can learn and use successfully.

Needless to say, there is an art to making all the pieces fit together which is why there are so many unsuccessful manufacturing software selection projects.

So what’s our secret sauce in being a unique resource in helping mid-market manufacturers focus on the right options (and avoid the bad ones)? The answer – experience, experience, experience.

Expertise matters. With 30 years and hundreds of manufacturing software selection consulting engagements, we know the vendors, their products, their strengths and limitations, customer experiences and their idiosyncrasies of doing business. And, best of all we pass along our guidance to you for a fraction of the cost of your time spent searching for new software.

Whether you are just starting to look at software or have been looking for a while and still aren’t sure what’s going on, we're here to help clarify your options to help you make the right decision.

Too often we talk with companies that are “stuck in software selection limbo.”
Do any of these sound familiar?

  It’s time to make the decision but they just keep postponing the selection. They simply don’t have the confidence to make the choice. The benefits the company needs from software are not realized and they continue struggling with a minimally useful system. 

  The company has a shortlist but they just don’t know which one to select. 

  The company is disappointed with its new purchase and has not fully implemented the new system.  

Selecting the wrong manufacturing software is expensive in more ways than you can imagine:

  Cost of the software plus implementation and training

  Staff hours spent on evaluating and training for the new system

  Opportunity cost of work that did not get done while implementing the new system

  Loss of expected benefits due to inadequate functions for scheduling, inventory management, QA, shop floor control, engineering and project management, configuration, and more

  Staff turnover due to frustration with an outdated system or a failed initiative

You can avoid these situations by getting guidance from our worldclass ERP experts. You can do a software “rescue” and determine why the new solution is not working and fix it. Or you can search for a new solution that is really suitable to your operation and gives you real value. You can do this economically and effectively with the CTS Virtual Consulting Services -- an innovative, cost effective service unlike any other .



CTS will have a 45 minute conference call with your staff to determine whether we can optimize your efforts to identify, implement, and successfully use new mfg software or rescuing what you currently have. We’ll see how and if we can work together to help your project reach the right outcome.


After the conversation we’ll email you a 1-2 page report with the following assessment:

  1. Suitability of current software used based on operational mode.
  2. Confirmation of potential value proposition for your operation by acquiring new mfg. software.
  3. Additional steps required to have a basis for a well reasoned selection decision
  4. Potential for a “software rescue” of your current system


If requested, we’ll submit a proposal with cost, time parameters, and deliverables for the project. You’ll be able to leverage off our experience and achieve your goals in far less time with far less expense.

If you need immediate assistance call CTS at 240-423-1712 or email CTS at

  At the beginning we had a clear sense of what we did not like about our current ERP system. We could articulate quite clearly its failings. What we lacked was as clear a vision and articulation of what we wanted and certainly how to get there. Your help in creating language about what we wanted to accomplish and the features that would be required to get there were very helpful. I am certain that your help in narrowing the field of systems to review bought us at least 6 months if not more.  

Dick Howard, CFO
Applied Motion Systems, Inc.