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The buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.

Ease of use

The ease with which people of various backgrounds and qualifications can learn to use software products and apply them to solve problems.

ECN (Engineering Change Notice)

A form which records the details of an Engineering change.

ECO (Engineering Change Order)

Used for changes in components, assemblies, or documents such as processes and work instructions. They may also be used for changes in specifications.


ECR (Engineering Change Request)

A request form which details an engineering change, which will improve or enhance a product.

EDI (Electronic data interchange)

EDI is the structured transmission of data between organizations by electronic means. It is used to transfer electronic documents or business data from one computer system to another computer system.

Employee Maintenance

The maintenance of employee master data typically controlled by HR (Human Resource) Manager.

Employee time tracking

The process of recording the time that you or employees work on various projects or tasks for your customers, your company, or yourself. This also includes the recording of time and attendance for a company’s employees.


Acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize solutions to the needs of a company.

Engineering data

Documents such as drawings, manufacturer’s specifications, standards, and other information relating to design, procurement, fabrication, test, and inspection of an item or structure.

Engineering Manager

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibility for overall management of a staff of engineers, technicians and other personnel who are responsible for providing engineering expertise, guidance and technical assistance to state agencies, consultants, and the public. They are differentiated from lower levels in the Professional Engineer job family in that their focus is on broader supervisory and management issues including planning, organizing, and integrating the functions that report to them.

Engineering Revisions

As a product is developed through the engineering process and prepared for manufacturing, revisions are often required. These revisions can be identified during prototyping, sample runs or production.

Engineering workbench

The Engineering Workbench is an environment for maintaining product structures andoperations. Its capabilities far exceed those of the conventional maintenance of bills of materialand routings.The most important objects in the Engineering Workbench are BOM items and operations. Viewsof these objects are available that present the conventional structures of bills of material androutings. In addition to this, other views are now available that were previously not possible. All ofthe maintenance functions, such as Create, Change and Delete are supported on all of theseviews.


(see: software enhancement)

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)

An extension of MRP II software designed to operate on enterprise-wide computing platforms. ERP systems typically claim the ability to achieve tighter (or “seamless”) integration between a greater variety of functional areas, including materials management, supply-chain management, production, sales and marketing, distribution, finance, field service, and human resources. They also provide information linkages to help companies monitor and control activities in geographically dispersed operations

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package is a computer software package that integrates all departments and functions within an enterprise into a single, integrated system that maintains a single, integrated set of data. Any transaction entered in one area causes an immediate update in related areas. An ERP enables departments to share information and communicate with each other much better and more quickly using one consistent set of numbers available to all users.

ERP systems

An ERP system is designed to integrate all processes and information within an organization into a single consolidated system ERP systems generally utilize a single unified database for storage and maintenance of data derived from a variety of system modules exchanged between departments.

ETO (Engineering to Order)

A product is designed specially for one customer