Enterprise Resource Planning has taken a bit of a hit in the last few years with the economic downturn. Sales slowed and the industry has receded. Now that things are turning around, we are seeing a resurgence of companies who are looking to finally upgrade their old software to a new ERP solution. Many people ask us who the Top ERP Software Vendors are today. We have put together a collection of these solutions here.
The early origins of ERP systems, starting back in the 1970s and the 80′s, were rooted in mainframe solutions that had not been tremendously flexible. Today, almost every business is making use of an enterprise resource planning system. In fact, without an ERP, a company is at a competitive disadvantage. Today’s modern systems are fast, flexible, have amazing capabilities for just about every type of business.
Essentially there are niche players and there are generalist ERP solutions. Niche players focus on specific markets and are usually well defined for that particular market, but only fit a single purpose. For example lumber ERP solutions are well suited for timberlands and companies that harvest forests. Not too many ERP solutions will be defined by this purpose.
Generalists on the other hand are flexible ERP solutions and fit many different focus areas. With robust accounting, and maleable distribution and manufacturing packages, they can handle everything from a service business to a traditional manufacturing business. Because these type of systems fit the majority of people reading this site, we will provide a list of the top solutions for the general market.
Some of the Top ERP Software Vendors available today:
Arguably the largest and even the most recognized ERP vendor in the world today, SAP has achieved most of its successes as a result of building and maintaining deep distribution and accounting software suites. These come with integrated financial, human resource, manufacturing, customer relationship management and even payroll software systems. Known for their very large company implementations, SAP has refocused its efforts on the mid-market. If you are running a business, with more than $50M in sales revenue, it may be worth your time to evaluate SAP.
This is the world’s second-largest business software provider; we may soon see Oracle taking up the number one spot from SAP as it expands its portfolio and grows its ERP base. Over the years, Oracle has acquired many diverse software solutions. With aquisitions such as Peoplesoft and JD Edwards, Oracle has expanded its footprint in both the mid-market as well as in various industries. Its flagship, E-business Suite provides a robust data driven solution for large companies. JD Edwards on the other hand, provides a great fit for many mid-market businesses.
Among one of the top ERP vendors, Epicor offers you strong ERP systems that deliver impressive functionality on business to deliver best business solutions. Businesses looking for software for purposes of professional software automation can count on Epicor to deliver the best. Best suited for middle market ERP system users, the solutions offered by this vendor are also suited for manufacturing, distribution, financial services, and retail and distribution activities.
Microsoft has its software in most small and medium sized businesses. So why not ERP? Beginning in 2000, the company acquired Navision, Solomon, Axapta and Great Plains all in a bid to deliver the best business solutions to clients. Now rebranded as the Dynamics line with NV for Navision, AX for Axapta, GP for Great Plans and SL for Solomon. Each has its place in the MS ecosystem. Solomon is geared towards project accounting. GP for general accounting and distribution companies. Dynamics NV (Navision) is geared for custom solutions that fit particular niche markets. Dynamics AX is geared for complex manufacturing and for companies larger in size.
Offering a diverse range of ERP products, Sage ERP provides solutions for the small to mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. Their solutions include Sage 100 Standard ERP, Sage Advanced ERP, Sage 500 ERP, Sage 300 ERP and Sage ERP X3. Sage’s broad and deep functionality provides systems that meet the demands of the repetitive, make-to-stock, make-to-order, and process manufacturing business types.
Initially created as an accounting system, Netsuite has grown gradually to become a full-suite ERP with HR and CRM functionality. Considered a leader in the cloud-ERP market, NetSuite now supports over 12,000 companies worldwide. Because the software is easy to implement, requires no capital investment, and is completely web-based, Netsuite is the perfect solution for growing businesses, who don’t want to rely on an army of IT people to maintain their systems.
Best suited for mid-sized distribution businesses, Blue Link creates systems that feature powerful accounting and inventory management capabilities. This system, available in cloud-hosted and on-premise, is well suited for small to medium sized distributors with six to fifty concurrent users. It is a Windows system with inventory management and accounting as the core solution.
Blue Link Elite software fits companies who are seeking growth or improvements to their “back-end” operations. The software excels in its ability to manage and trace lot numbers and expiration dates of their products. This is especially important to companies who are in the food or beverage service, pharmaceutical, paint and chemicals, and medical and equipment supply markets.
Deacom, Inc. specializes in process manufacturing ERP software. Customer industries include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical, cosmetics, paint and chemical and other batch or formula driven business with revenues of greater than $40 million dollars.
Deacom fits companies looking for the solutions to their process manufacturing needs. Things such as lot traceability, batch manufacturing, and re-blending are all requirements that Deacom accommodates. Deacom provides a scalable solution that ties together all areas of a formula-based manufacturing firm, providing a detailed analytical view of the sum of their operations.
There are many great ERP solutions available and this only scratches the surface of the mainstream ERP market. For more information and to find a solution that fits your firm specifically, and to get free advice on your selection, visit Software Advice for a no obligation consultation.