Enterprise Resource Planning solutions are a vital part of today’s business landscape. Any company of significant size or with complicated customer and product rosters needs these kinds of software to help handle many diverse aspects of business management. Here are some comparisons of three popular ERP systems that will help human decision-makers to keep tabs on everything from supply chains to customer relationships.
Epicor’s ERP system offers on-premise, hosted or cloud-based versions, with specific management components for financial management, customer relationship management, sales management, human resources, supply chain management, and more. With real-time mobile capability, Epicor brings all sorts of business information directly to those who need it.
One of the strengths of Epicor’s ERP system is its customer relationship management suite. Epicor offers contact and lead management, with mobile solutions and integration with Salesforce, a CRM leader. Salespeople get assistance with estimate and quote management processes. There is a quote tracker, tools to handle ship-to addresses, product cross-referencing, and credit check tools.
On the human resources side, Epicor ERP streamlines HR, for instance, by helping leaders to analyze absence patterns and send time off request to the right parties. For supply chain management, tools like Supplier Approval help to automate parts of the vendor process. Receipt handling and purchase order tracker tools provide a documentation chain for important transactions. Tools like Buyer’s Workbench and RFQ Decision Wizard essentially walk people through computer processes. Epicor’s comprehensive platform offers lifecycle support for business operations.
The SAP suite for ERP also offers the same top-level tool categories for CRM, financial, human resources, supply chain and product handling, among others.
Beyond that, SAP also stands on its relationships with other providers such as Et Alia, to offer what it calls the “SAP Ecosystem” — a greater network of tools for handling complex ERP needs. The fact that SAP owns and supports Crystal Reports, a traditional business reporting format, doesn’t hurt.
SAP also touts its HANA in-memory setup which allows for faster and more robust analytics and business intelligence use. Its Business Objects suite for business intelligence also attaches to its other enterprise solutions in order to mine data for actionable results.
In the ERP solution, SAP’s Business All-In-One supports things like customer relationships and supply chain management, with fast implementation and what SAP calls an affordable cost of ownership. Over the SAP NetWeaver platform, Business All-In-One provides data migration and dashboard views to support all sorts of business decisions. A Business ByDesign Software-as-a-Service ERP tool runs on a wide variety of operating systems, to provide flexibility for business infrastructure.
The Infor Syteline ERP suite also has all of those top-level components promoted by the other two choices — customer relationship management, payroll, financial, and supply chain tools, etc. Infor promotes its CloudSuite ERP set of solutions with a twist – the system provides industry-specialized ERP platforms. That means there’s a different set of solutions for manufacturing than there are for restaurant businesses, different tools for automotive businesses, or other service businesses.
Infor ERP looks at supporting warehouse management, manufacturing, and the use of technologies, with what the company calls a “360 view” of business data — demos show KPIs and other elements in accessible graph views, with easy links to detailed reports. Infor CloudSuite also offers a vibrant system of notifications and scheduling tools that can be ported to any device. Tools like Production Planner help with supply-chain lifecycles.
As part of its design philosophy, Infor offers “horizontal business platforms” and a “dramatically simplified IT landscape” while also pinpointing the needs of a range of industries. For example, in fields like Aerospace, Infor tools incorporate a lot of detail related to documentation, regulations, and compliance with industry standards, a very important aspect of many government-related businesses, and some other fields in the private sector. Infor’s “menu” of options is part of its appeal, especially to some businesses that may not follow a cookie-cutter pattern, or enjoy operating in a more conventional or generic context.
Take a look at any of these three leading systems to get tailored and targeted ERP, to start to incorporate the automation and analytics tools that are making it so much easier for businesses to operate knowledgeably today.