Fort Worth, TX

ECi Software Solutions (, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, announced the general availability of version 9.2 of its M1® software. M1 is an ERP software solution built specifically for small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses. 

M1 version 9.2 includes enhanced features with cost of goods sold (COGS) for precise job costing and first in first out/last in first out (FIFO/LIFO) inventory control. This functionality will give manufacturers visibility into their business, enabling them to track job costs in real time.

“The extended capabilities of M1 lets business owners and managers see details inside their various business operations,” said John Bugh, Manufacturing Division President for ECi. “Access to meaningful information helps manufacturers analyze trends and be proactive, rather than reactive. Our manufacturing customers gain a competitive advantage when they have better insights that help them make informed business decisions.” 

The latest version of M1 features enhanced functionality for scheduling, which enables better constraint, labor, and equipment management. This benefits manufacturers by letting them focus on productivity gains. 

“M1’s user interface allows us to create custom calendar views, which have been a game changer for us,” said Bob Leety, President of Horberg Industries, Inc.  “For any given month we look at Late Deliveries, Scheduled Deliveries, and Shipments, all on the same calendar view. With the monthly totals at the top, we’re able to measure our progress against our goals, and having it on our start page gives it the visibility we need to stay on top of it.” 

Built with common user interfaces, M1 improved its ease of use and intuitiveness. This release includes new features such as the M1 HR module that lets manufacturers define and track employee skills for optimized labor allocation. Additional improvements support asset management with tool tracking and storage locations on the shop floor, which means faster retooling, less downtime, reduced expenses, and improved accountability. 

“For M1 9.2, we focused on modernizing our software platform, which helps ensure the long-term viability and stability of our product,” said Adam Forde, M1 Product Manager. “M1’s enhanced user screens improve data entry efficiency and ease-of-use with an intuitive software interface common to contemporary software offerings. We believe with the new Cost of Goods module and LIFO/FIFO costing companies can manage their costs in real-time due to our understanding of the challenges of running a small-to-medium size business in a very competitive landscape.”