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What is Role-Based ERP Software?

Our unique and innovative Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP software is a revolutionary application that’s assembled to the individual needs of each user.

Historically, ERP systems have been organized with a modular approach, in which functions are represented by modules (MRP, Inventory, MES, General Ledger, etc.). However, this required users to go in and out of various modules to accomplish a single task. In many systems, this also meant that the item must be re-entered into each module. This approach was slow, tedious and inefficient.

Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP changed all of this with its Role-Based WorkBenches.

WorkBenches are views that are configured to match each user’s role within the company. With Role-Based WorkBenches, workflow is configured for each user’s role and designed specifically for his or her job. Everything is available in one view so users don’t have to move in and out of applications. Everything they need to do is just a click away.

In this environment, our customers work smarter and faster – improving productivity and reducing costs.

Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP WorkWise Edition offers the following Role-Based WorkBenches:

Engineering Workbench

Engineering Workbench

Our Engineering WorkBench allows engineers to design their workspace to easily maintain critical item, bill, routing and configuration data.

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Financial Workbench

Financial Workbench

Gain complete control over every aspect of your cash flow – from expected shipments to credit and collections.

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Manufacturing Workbench

Manufacturing Workbench

The Manufacturing WorkBench (MWB) in Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP software can be utilized to plan and track all segments of inventory.

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Customer Service Workbench

Customer Service Workbench

Get drill down access to the entire customer demand process, from quotation through shipment and invoicing.

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Workbench Designer

Workbench Designer

Construct a single view that allows users to perform all job functions without having to switch from menu to menu.

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The Original Role-Based ERP Software

One size does not fit all.

You can tailor Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP software to fit the exact needs of each and every individual in your company. With our Role-Based WorkBenches, you can assemble your own unique view in every application you need. Everything is available in one view, so you can share items of interest with multiple functions.


An Example to Illustrate Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP

Your Role: Customer Service Representative
Your Task: Answer inquiries from customers about their orders
Your Aptean Industrial Manufacturing ERP View: Customer Inquiry. Includes:

  • Customer lookup
  • Open customer orders
  • Inventory
  • Manufacturing
  • Open shop orders
  • MRP
  • MES
  • Procurement
  • Open purchase orders
  • Shipping

Not only can you confirm an order, you can also determine exactly where the order is in the process, and give a confirmed ship date. All without ever leaving your screen.

Imagine this level of functionality for every role and task within your company. We’ve created over a thousand standard individual roles you can use, or you can have a custom role created that fits your unique individual and task.

View the old way on the left, and the new way on the right. Assemble your screen so that everything you need is in one view.


All aspects of our company are now running through our ERP software. Having everyone work out of the same system and not have multiple programs that you have to jump back and forth through, has allowed us to get more done in less time.

Gary Volz

Software Developer


One of the main benefits we’ve experienced using WorkWise ERP is being able to get meaningful information we can use, versus getting data that requires more work to get the answers you’re looking for. The data is integrated and streamlined for efficient use which keeps our fixed costs lower and allows us to invest our capital into building better products.

Michael Ray



It doesn’t take all day to do our schedule anymore. Also, the Performance Management WorkBench lets us see what information we want to see, and what time we want to see it, in a nice visual way. Item Planning is also great. It’s so easy to look up specific information related to whatever we need to see.

Kelly Crowell

AMI President

American Metal Fab

What’s really nice is having everything in one package. My financials are in the same package as manufacturing and customer orders. Everything integrates seamlessly. Bringing in inventory management has been a huge benefit for us. Being able to jump between workbenches and different points of data has been really nice.

Pam Reynolds

Chief Financial Officer


I would highly recommend WorkWise to other companies. It’s cost competitive, the Cloud ERP implementation has been great, the people have been great. WorkWise bends over backwards to help us. We feel that they’re on our side.

Don Lavrenz

President and CEO

The Industrial Controls Company

WorkWise has been a true leader in our ability to drive process change and productivity enhancement, and to assist us in our lean capabilities.

Jim Moldenhauer

IT Manager


I would definitely recommend WorkWise ERP to anyone looking to improve their manufacturing processes. We’ve been utilizing the software for 20 years and have never regretted our decision.

Chris Reid


Service Stampings

WorkWise spent a lot of time with us in order to understand our manufacturing process. We’re fairly unique, and there’s not that many companies in the world that do what we do. WorkWise really made us feel like they understood what we were doing and where we were going.

Dave Manahan

Business Process Improvement Director


The team at WorkWise is phenomenal. I highly recommend WorkWise ERP to any company looking to improve their processes, improve their efficiency, become more productive and work with a company who really gets to know them and understands what they’re going through.

Mike Campise

IT Systems Specialist