In the focus of the individual production are often particularly complex products. The production process then goes on for weeks and months. For this reason, individual manufacturers are working with special strategies. It is important to plan projects from the beginning as detailed as possible to procure materials and reserve resources. The initially still rough planning is constantly refined in the further course of the project. Therefore the enterprise software must be able to deal with bills and technologies (work plans) that are constantly changing. Since most companies process several orders in parallel, they need to keep an eye on the current state of production and planning. They do not only want to know where they are up-to-date with a particular order, but also how the utilization looks in two months. Smaller orders are often used to compensate short-term fluctuations in utilization.
For medium-sized individual contractors, therefore, scheduling is important, which also takes into account information from orders and resource management.
Even the costs of larger projects can not be calculated exactly in advance. Therefore most companies work with concrete estimates, some of which are based on empirical values. Here an ERP system helps to identify similar projects and to use them as a planning basis. In addition, running calculations should be supported.