SAP is a business software that accountants seem to like because it allows tracking of everything. Engineers don't really like it because it seems like we have a whole bunch of clicks to define something we would otherwise prefer to use words to describe. I get that learning is a life long process, it's the title of my blog! Yet I spent most of my day messing around in SAP, and let me just say, it was not a very productive day.
Being a product engineer these last couple years has given me a new appreciation for design and change control. How do you track what is physically necessary for the machine? How does something go from a drawing on a computer to a physical part in a final product? It's a billion dollar question, and SAP has taken a big chunk of that. It just seems so complicated. A part should have two states for the design engineer, in work, and published. You could extend that to the other 15 people in the chain, manufacturing engineer, supply management, accounting, parts catalog, either they are working on it, or it's locked down (or rejected back to the start if there is a problem).
I should start a software company.