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A buyer's guide to the top ERP systems

Pinpointing which of the top ERP systems is right for your organization isn't easy, but this buyer's guide is a good place to start, whether your focus is on financials, HCM, CRM or on premises versus cloud.

Introduction

ERP allows companies to connect business activities across departments, ensuring that all employees are working with the same data and within the same processes. As idyllic as that sounds, the reality is that implementation of ERP software is a daunting task and often goes awry. ERP systems are complex and often comprised of the following components: finance, human capital management (HCM), purchasing/procurement, business intelligence and customer relationship management (CRM) modules.

This guide is designed to make the process of ERP software selection less daunting. And if you can select the right system and vendor, implementation is more likely to go smoothly. It helps you determine your enterprise's need and core objectives, discusses the key features to look at when selecting an ERP software suite and analyzes the top ERP systems to best match up your needs to the software's functions.

On top of their core modules, ERP software suites can also be used to manage the supply chain, warehouse and inventory, as well as one-off projects and professional services. ERP is a multifaceted topic, and even the top ERP systems are often difficult to parse out and categorize. This buyer's guide has simplified all of that.

The complexity of an ERP software suite, meanwhile, goes beyond what it's comprised of. IT departments also have to consider how the software is deployed. Cloud-based ERP is a viable option for some enterprises, on-premises or a combination thereof for others. The size of your company is also a big consideration for IT departments when looking to procure an ERP system, as some are scalable and some are built for enterprises of certain sizes.

Ultimately, figuring out how your company works is the first step in determining which ERP system is right for your organization. The same can be said for the vendor and how it will work with you, too. On top of tech support, the vendor's product roadmap, how the vendor shares that plan with clients and the projected success are things that should align with your company. This guide shows you what information to look for and how to collate it all to make the right buying decision for your organization.

1What is...?-

Insight to ERP systems and what they offer

Learn about the main components of ERP systems, how they can be deployed, how they are usually sold and the latest trends in what ERP vendors are delivering.

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Before implementing ERP, understand its many components

ERP systems have numerous components, functions and ways to be deployed. Expert Mary Shacklett explains the ins and outs of implementing ERP. Continue Reading

2Do I need...?-

Figure out if ERP is the right system for your enterprise

ERP software suites can alleviate many issues that organizations face on a constant basis. In this section, we present several use cases to help you decide if ERP is the answer to your problems.

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ERP software selection: Is ERP right for you?

Knowing whether or not you need ERP is the first step in making the right vendor choice. Here are several use cases that showcase how ERP software can work for your organization. Continue Reading

3How to buy...?-

Key features and functions to look for in an ERP system

There are key features to look for in every ERP system, and key traits to pay attention to in your organization. Knowing what to look for in a vendor and your own enterprise can help you determine which software is right for you.

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Know your ERP requirements before buying

When considering an ERP system, make sure the training, scalability and performance of the vendor address your company's needs. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Which ERP software is right for you?

Combining the common ERP use cases along with the main features that you should look at with each ERP vendor and system, this section analyzes the top ERP products to guide you to make the best buying decision for your enterprise.

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What's the best ERP software for your organization?

ERP vendors' offerings come in many different flavors. Match them with these typical use cases. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

The top ERP systems

Careers are made and broken on implementing ERP systems. By looking at your organization and knowing its needs and comparing those to different ERP vendors and their main features, functions and "sweet spots," you can strengthen your career and help elevate your company to new efficiencies. This section presents overviews of the top ERP products on the market today, detailing what each does and how they're implemented and identifying those sweet spots.

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Epicor ERP: Flexible applications with vertical-industry appeal

Epicor ERP targets midmarket industries that run the gamut and is designed for global scalability and configurability. Continue Reading

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Infor SyteLine builds on legacy with SaaS, analytics

Infor SyteLine is an ERP product designed for companies to connect business activities across departments through cloud or on-premises deployment. Continue Reading

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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne takes legacy into the future

Oracle JD Edwards takes its EnterpriseOne 9.1 to the next level, with ERP software that supports mobile, Internet of Things and cloud computing. Continue Reading

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Microsoft Dynamics AX: ERP business software for the upper midmarket

Microsoft Dynamics AX is at the high end of the company's Dynamics line, and is available on-premises, hosted or in the Azure public cloud. Continue Reading

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Deploy ERP on a global scale with NetSuite OneWorld cloud ERP software

NetSuite OneWorld, a cloud-based ERP system, is adept at managing multiple entities on a global scale. Continue Reading

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PeopleSoft ERP suite excels at human capital management

PeopleSoft ERP software aims to help enterprises recruit and retain top talent, while offering financial and supply chain modules. Continue Reading

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Sage 100 targets small businesses with on-premises and cloud ERP

Sage says entry-level ERP is scalable to mid-size Sage 300 and enterprise Sage 500 systems. Continue Reading

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Take a closer look at SAP Business Suite

The HANA-powered SAP Business Suite 7 is the company's most robust offering yet, giving businesses faster ERP applications and new analytics. Continue Reading

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