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NetSuite

4.1
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The World’s Leading, Most Deployed Cloud ERP Solution

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NetSuite ERP manages all back-office operations such as accounting, inventory, order & billing, financial planning, human capital management, and much more.

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Acumatica Cloud ERP

4.4
(55)

Connected business. Delivered.

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Acumatica Cloud ERP provides best-in-class functionality for small and mid-sized companies. Control orders, projects, payroll, financials, CRM, field services, inventory, and more with a single, adaptable system tailored to your needs and designed to help you thrive in the new digital economy.

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Katana Manufacturing ERP

4.7
(138)

Manufacturing ERP Software for Live Inventory Management

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Manufacturing ERP that gives you a live look at your business. Real-time master planning allows you to prioritize sales orders and monitor material and product availability. Get total floor-level control and connect to a range of integrations or create custom workflows via open API.

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Sage Intacct

4.2
(325)

Best-in-class Cloud ERP for Finance

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Leading provider of best-in-class cloud ERP software.

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M1 ERP

3.7
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Manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software

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M1 is a modular web-based manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for job shops, make-to-order manufacturers and custom & mixed mode manufacturers. The system is designed to manage multiple business areas including production, engineering, scheduling, inventory, shipping, and more.

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Merit for Life Science

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Cloud-based ERP for life science organizations.

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Cloud-first ERP for fast-growing life science manufacturers in pre-clinical and clinical stage. Designed to be the first and last solution you’ll need. It advances Dynamics 365 to deliver quality, procurement, materials management, production, and compliance, etc. for biotech, pharma and med device.

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud

4.3
(262)

A complete, intelligent ERP system for enterprises.

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a cloud-based intelligent ERP system specifically developed for companies in all industries offering them a broad and flexible functionality.

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Wrike

4.3
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Manage your projects from start to finish with Wrike

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Wrike is an enterprise resource planning software used by 20,000+ companies worldwide. Features customized performance reports, resource management and allocation, Gantt charts, Kanban boards, time tracking, portfolio management, and workload overviews. Includes automation with 400+ integrations.

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QT9 ERP

4.9
(11)

Cloud or on-premise enterprise resource planning software

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ERP software made easy. Seamlessly connect business processes with QT9's cloud-based solution. QT9 ERP includes interconnected modules for Bill of Materials, Supplier Management, Accounting, Sales Orders, Invoicing, Inventory Control, Purchasing, Job Scheduling, Shop Floor Manager & more.

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Kinetic

3.8
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Cloud ERP made with manufacturers, for manufacturers.

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Kinetic is the cloud ERP made with manufacturers, for manufacturers. Trust Epicor know-how to accelerate growth and maximize innovation and profitability. This is the future-focused face of manufacturing.

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ALERE

4.8
(12)

ERP software for businesses of all sizes

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ALERE is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that helps businesses in aviation, food and beverages, distribution, apparel, packaging, textile, and other industries handle operations related to order management, job scheduling, inventory tracking, dispatching, and other processes.

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Spruce

3.6
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Integrated ERP software for home and building suppliers.

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Spruce is a cloud-based business management and point of sale (POS) solution for home and building supply businesses. It offers end-to-end process management for sales, accounting, purchasing, rentals, manufacturing, delivery, and more from desktop and mobile devices.

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SYSPRO

4.2
(97)

Simplifying Your Success

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

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ShipWorks

4.4
(33)

Multi-carrier warehouse management solution

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ShipWorks is a multi-carrier solution that provides a unified way to compare rates, delivery methods, and schedules from multiple carriers. ShipWorks is simple to use, while still providing users with the tools they need in order to gain cost-effective efficiencies and streamlined operations. It was developed specifically to be utilized by warehouse customers who need something more than basic web brokering and less than a full-blown logistics system.

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Sync

4.9
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Apparel enterprise resource planning (ERP) & PLM software

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Sync is an integrated product lifecycle management (PLM) & enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system designed for the apparel & footwear industries

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SyteLine

3.9
(64)

ERP solution for discrete & process manufacturers

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Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) is an end-to-end ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution which provides discrete & process manufacturers in SMB/enterprise markets with planning & scheduling tools, plus quality & service management, business intelligence, & more

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Wherefour

4.8
(22)

Modern and easy-to-use inventory management/traceability ERP

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A modern & easy-to-use process manufacturing traceability & ERP platform that enables lot track/trace, inventory control, recipe management, purchasing, costing, B2B ordering portal, integrates with QuickBooks, Sage Intacct, etc. Works on any internet-connected device, including tablets/phones.

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Cin7

4.3
(487)

Connected Inventory Management. Simplified.

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Cin7 makes complex retail and wholesale simple, with all-in-one Inventory Management, POS, Direct EDI Integration and 3PL integration.

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DELMIAworks

4.1
(286)

Integrated manufacturing ERP solution

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DELMIAworks (previously IQMS) provides integrated manufacturing and supply chain software featuring project management, supply chain forecasting, costing, estimating and quoting, and more

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Brightpearl

4.4
(149)

The retail operations platform for brands and retailers

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Brightpearl is a Retail Operations Platform. Tightly integrated to all of your sales channels, Brightpearl connects your sales orders, fulfillment, inventory management, accounting, reporting and planning, warehouse management, replenishment and more.

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ECOUNT

4.4
(35)

100% Cloud-based ERP for small & mid-sized businesses.

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Ecount ERP is a fully integrated, web-based accounting, inventory, sales, purchasing and production management software for small and mid-sized businesses. The enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool allows users to manage all aspects of their business, both front and back office, from one platform.

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Kechie

4.7
(19)

All in one cloud-based ERP & Inventory Management for SMBs

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Kechie is a full ERP - streamlines your business needs by automating and synchronizing the inventory management, procurement, order management, CRM, finance, VMI, RMA, & much more. It adapts to your business with customizable fields, easy implementation, & by being ready to grow with your business.

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MIE Trak Pro

4.7
(117)

ERP software for manufacturing businesses

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MIE Trak Pro is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software with which manufacturing businesses can control inventory, track jobs & schedule purchasing

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AccountMate

4.3
(23)

Customizable accounting software with inventory tracking

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AccountMate is a modular software solution that separates itself from the competition by being source code ready. This allows for customization and modification to the software. What that means is as the company grows or changes workflow you can count on AccountMate to be versatile.

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GreeneStep Business Management

4.8
(12)

Enterprise resource planning & business management solution

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GreeneStep ERP helps businesses streamline processes related to sales, field service management, finance, inventory management, accounting, and more. The platform offers a 360-degree view of business operations, helping managers to reduce operational costs.

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Buyers Guide

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

For a long time, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software used to be affordable and accessible only to large enterprises. It required heavy infrastructure such as multiple workstations and servers, along with dedicated IT teams for maintenance. 

But that’s not the case anymore. With cloud-based technology, ERP vendors can offer their solutions to small businesses as well. ERP modules are sold as standalone software or integrated as a suite, with the vendor managing hardware and technical maintenance.

Before investing in ERP software, small businesses must find out about the features, deployment options, important integrations, etc., so that you buy the right solution.

In this buyers guide, we’ve defined the core features of ERP software, the deployment options, the emerging trends, and critical questions that you must ask potential vendors before purchasing a solution.

Jump to the following sections for a quick look:

What is ERP software?

ERP software is software that helps businesses track the information flowing across all their departments and functions. It’s mostly used by business operators and project managers at organizations with multiple departments such as accounting, sales, purchasing, human resources (HR), customer support, inventory, and customer relationship management (CRM).

Usually, organizations utilize all the applications of an ERP system or choose a combination of applications. This depends on the business size, type, and requirements.

Types of ERP software

To select the right ERP software for your small business, the first step is to understand the different types of solutions in the market. Let’s look at the two major types of ERP solutions:

  • Generalist ERP software: This software is designed to address and adapt to the needs of various business processes across different industries. It offers greater customization and integrations. Usually, large enterprises prefer this software to meet the requirements of all their departments.

  • Industry-specific ERP software: This software focuses on just a niche or specific industry such as retail, construction, or distribution. It’s designed to match the exact requirements of a business, saving valuable time and investment.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: Is your ERP software suitable for my business size and for the kind of business I do?

Deployment options for ERP software

After you’ve decided the type of ERP software for your business, the next step is to choose a deployment option.

GetApp’s website focuses on products that can be deployed via the cloud. Cloud-based tools come with lower up-front costs, faster implementation time, and automatic updates; they also better support remote use, scale more easily, and minimize the need for IT staff and real estate. However, in this guide, we’ll summarize both deployment models.

Here are the deployment options available to buyers:

  • On-premise deployment: These solutions are hosted on the organization’s in-house servers and accessible from the office network. They typically incur a one-time, upfront cost and charge on a per-user license basis. In addition, users must also pay for any future software upgrades (e.g., new feature releases).

  • Cloud-based deployment: This option lets you access the software using a web browser or native mobile app. Cloud-based solutions offer subscription pricing where the vendor charges as per a per-month or per-user per-month pricing plan.

Key questions to ask your vendor before you buy: What deployment options do you offer? What’s the pricing plan for each option?

What are some common features of ERP software?

To see the results of ERP software, you need to choose a solution that offers features to meet your specific needs. In this section, we’ll take a look at some common features that you should look for when shortlisting a solution:

Accounting: Allows users to manage their organization’s financial transactions with functionalities such as general ledger, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Additional features include billing, sales receipts, invoicing, and other financial reports such as balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cashflow statement.

Invoicing management in QuickBooks

Invoicing management in QuickBooks

Business intelligence: Allows users to analyze and report their organization’s business data, such as key performance indicators (KPIs), to make smart business decisions. Core functionalities include data mining, reporting, and analytics.

Key performance indicators in Hubble

Key performance indicators in Hubble

Customer relationship management: This feature allows users to manage customer-centric tasks such as customer contacts details, customer service and support, help desk, customer feedback, customer tracking, and targeted marketing.

Customer contacts management in Zoho One

Customer contacts management in Zoho One

Human resources: Allows users to manage core HR functions such as payroll, personnel tracking, benefits administration, learning management, employee scheduling, employee time and attendance, talent management, performance review, and applicant tracking.

Personnel tracking in kpi.com

Personnel tracking in kpi.com

Inventory management: Allows businesses to track up-to-date information regarding their product supply. Users can automatically order, store, track, and manage inventory items and raw materials. The feature includes electronic item scanning, managing sales and purchase orders, product categorizing, and automatic reordering.

Inventory management in Brightpearl

Inventory management in Brightpearl

Supply chain management: Allows users to track goods while they move from manufacturing units to distribution centers and finally to retail stores.

Product movements in Megaventory

Product movements in Megaventory

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: Does your product include features relevant to my business needs?

*Note: The applications shown above are examples to show a feature in context and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations.

What are some important ERP software integrations?

To make the best use of an ERP system, select a product that integrates with the apps you use. Integration allows for real-time data flow between the different applications, eliminating the need for manual data transfer.

These are some integrations that you should ask about when selecting ERP software:

  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) software. This integration will allow you to track information regarding product design, production, and consumption. It will give your PLM software access to useful information such as production costs, supplier data, customer details, and shipping data. All this information can be beneficial in current product designs and upcoming product development projects.

  • Business management software. The ERP software should integrate with your business management software to help you execute tasks efficiently and eliminate operational errors. Businesses use this software to improve their daily tasks and activities. This integration will improve overall workflow management and performance measurement.

  • Geographic information system (GIS) software. This integration will help you manage and track information and assets located across a diverse geographical area. It can help you analyze your complete supply chain as well as track the flow of raw materials and finished goods.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: Does your product integrate seamlessly with the solutions being used in my business?

Advanced ERP software configuration

Now that you've read about the common features of ERP software and the important integrations, the next step is to evaluate the advanced features. We haven't labeled these features as “common”, but these could be important based on your specific business type.

Here are some of the advanced features for you to consider when selecting ERP software:

  • eCommerce integration. Allows you to integrate seamlessly with various eCommerce websites such as Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, QuickBooks, Square, and Stripe.

  • Depreciation tracking. Lets you calculate the depreciation of your fixed assets based on different accounting methods (such as cash basis accounting and accrual accounting) and business models.

  • Multilingual interface. Changes the user interface into a language of your choice to eliminate any language-related barriers at work.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: How many of the advanced features in your product are relevant to my business?

You’ll definitely want your ERP software to last for as long as possible. To ensure that you select the right vendor, read about some of the market trends. If your vendor is leveraging these trends, it could give you a competitive edge in the market.

  • Cloud ERP adoption is on the rise. Many small and midsize businesses are opting for cloud deployment as it’s affordable and has low upfront fees. Cloud-based ERP systems are an attractive alternative to traditional on-premise ERP systems. The implementation is quicker, the initial investment is lower, and businesses don't require full-time IT teams to maintain the hardware and servers.

  • Mobile ERP support sees growth. The demand for mobile access in ERP systems will continue to grow for all ERP solutions. This will lead to real-time access to information and, as a result, enhanced productivity.

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We have referenced the following documents while creating this guide:


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*Note: The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context, and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations, obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.