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Do You Need An ERP Solution?

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a term used by the industry to encompass a wide range of activities of an organization to manage its business and workflow. The main goal of an ERP solution is to give one user-interface to enable the collection, organization and smooth flow of data/information across all the involved departments. This helps the management to get clarity on all the aspects of the integrated business flow.

Now, the question is when do you really need ERP solution? If your data is repetitive, it takes a lot of time to find it, worries you about securing important ones, ill equipped to do transactions or processing or takes times to consolidate inventory/sales/profit, then make sure you get an ERP. It helps you put everything in one place and in an integrated manner.

All businesses are not the same, so features which work for one business/organization might not work for the other business/organization. For example, an ERP that works wonderfully for manufacturing may not work for a company in hospitality or education sector.

To sum up, using an ERP solution helps the businesses to manage, integrate and then plan for the resources required for their processes. Therefore, their use improves quality, efficiency, productivity of the respective departments and the company, in general.

How To Select An ERP Solution?

 

Best bets for ERP Solutions

Best Overall

Cost : 
Available on Request
Features : 
*****
Platforms : 
MAC/Windows/Linux
Business Size : 
S, M, L
Ease of Use : 
Deployment :
****
Customer Service : 
Highlights
  • Horizontal, Scalable system to serve businesses of all sizes.

  • Supports many business processes – Consumer package goods, Services, Products, Manufacturing and Asset Management.

  • Architecture flexible for different OS

  • Supports multiple language and currencies.

  • Easy to customize.

Cost : 
Licensed through monthly subscription fees calculated on a named-user basis.
Features : 
MAC/Windows/Linux
Platforms : 
*****
Business Size : 
Ease of Use : 
Deployment :
Customer Service : 
Highlights
  • Hosted on cloud.

  • Provides you with : CRM,  Financial Management, Project Management, Microsoft Excel integration,Supply chain Management, Supplier Relationship Management, HR, Executive Management Console.

  • SAP manages hosting, maintenance, upgrades, backup and recovery.

  • Three kinds of “named-user” basis subscription made available : Self-service users, Team users, and Enterprise Users.

Cost : 
Available on Request
Features : 
Platforms : 
MAC/Windows/Linux
*****
Business Size : 
Ease of Use : 
Deployment :
Customer Service : 
*****
Highlights
  • Perfect for service contractors who work in field service company.

  • Purchased as a complete integrated suite.

  • Provides modules for job cost estimation, service management, sales, accounting.

  • Excellent customizations review.

  • Customers have 24/7 support.

PC/ Cloud
S, M
Cloud/SaaS
S, M, L
PC/ Cloud
***
****
*****
*****

Best for Construction and Service 

 

Best Cloud-based SaaS for SMEs

Showcase: Our full list of ERP softwares

Blue Link ERP

Windows based ERP solution Blue Link provides an integrated ERP with inventory management and accounting software solution. Available as on-premise and SaaS for small to mid-sized companies.

Multi-company, Multi-user, Multi-currency, Integration with PayMate(payroll management) feature included in the ERP.

Highlight of this ERP is that it can track LOT numbers and Expiry dates so it becomes important for Pharmaceuticals/Chemical industry, Medical & Equipment supplies and Food & Beverage industry.

Flipside – No support for mobiles. 24x7 phone support not provided. Modules like barcode scanning, sales order accrual & Document management system not included within ERP. Some important features are available only on purchasing like sales budget or estimate, POS etc.

EVO~ERP

EVO~ERP is a solution which provides an interface to control manufacturing, accounting, inventory, and sales processes. Very flexible, scalable, multi-lingual, multi-currency abilities helps it to deliver faster return-on-investment.

Flipside – No SaaS option. The ERP solution’s implementation takes too long. No support for mobiles. Requires purchasing of customer support.

Entree

Entrée is a Windows-based on-premise ERP solution specifically made for Food Distributors.The integrated ERP suite features complete functionality like inventory management, purchasing and registering order, accounting, truck routing, warehouse management, and reporting.

Flipside – Does not offer cloud based or SaaS options. Incompatible with Mac or Linux. Need training.

Cetec ERP

Cetec is a web-based ERP, offered both as on-premise as well as SaaS and supports mobiles, advanced data analysis, customization and configuration according to the user likes.

Modules integrated in the ERP are job costing, purchasing, sales, inventory and orders, customer relationship management, document management, scheduling tasks, reporting and security.

Flipside – Offered only as a full version and not scaled to your company’s requirement. Doesn’t support third-party integration. Scalability of features is not seen, in general.

Henning Visual EstiTrack ERP

Fully integrated suite of applications for quoting/estimation, CRM, sales, orders, time management, costing and inventory, purchasing, receiving, shipping, reporting(Gantt charts) invoicing to delivering the product.

Suitable for make-to-order, assemble-to-order tools & dies manufacturer etc.

Flipside – Runs only on windows.

Profit Key ERP

Profit Key International developed a unique RRM (Rapid Response Manufacturing) which is a full-fledged ERP plus MES (Manufacturing Execution System) solution. RRM comes with an additional QA (Quality Assurance) module.

In simple words, it helps the company to run efficiently by improving manufacturing process using live centralized data. All the important modules are integrated which give accurate reports using General Ledger Report writer.

Flipside – No major downside.

Infor Visual ERP

Infor Visual’s a good cost-effective ERP solution with complete functionality to unify all the core manufacturing operations. Takes care of all activities like Planning to Procurement and Designing to Handing over of the project.

Flipside – Limitation in accounting module, no mobile support, limitation in language support, no forum for customer collaboration.

Batchmaster ERP

Batchmaster ERP software was made for Formula based manufacturers like Food and Beverage, Neutraceutical, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, and Chemical Sciences. Supports easy integration with third-party applications. It is easy to use, user-friendly interface and has an excellent integration between manufacturing and financial module.

Flipside – Runs only on windows, No HR module, No mobile support.