List: Key tools for bringing all your business services under one roof.
Enterprise resource planning software (ERP) is essential for many companies to run smoothly. Here are some of the top tools that help companies plan, account, and run key business functions under one roof.
Salesforce.com is one the biggest names in ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, which can be used across a variety of sectors. The firm offers a range of products depending on a businesses’ size and sector.
2. Microsoft Dynamics
This has developed into a full suite of ERP products, and now includes applications for, amongst other things, financial management, human resources, and supply chain management. Modules and third party offerings can also be added by users to customise the software.
Micosoft Dynamics is available both on premise or in the cloud, across a range of operating systems.
Aimed at firms in manufacturing, distribution and services, Sage offers a suite of products providing a range of key ERP tools. It is often utilised by firms operating across multiple countries, currencies and languages.
Sage tools can be run in the cloud on premise, and across Windows or Linux operating systems.
The first ERP and Product Lifecycle Management tool specifically for apparel manufacturers, it is produced by Polygon, who have a long history in the sewn goods industry. General ERP functionality like orders, inventory and purchasing is provided, alongside industry specific items such as cut planning.
PolyPM is a Windows based tools, deployed on the client’s server, not the cloud.
5. E2 Shop System
A piece of job-based manufacturing software, made by Shoptech. It brings together diverse functions such as quotes, orders and shipments, materials, scheduling, quality control, contact management and accounting.
Available on premise on windows, E2 Shop System is for use by small and medium sized firms.
Intacct is a cloud based financial accounting tool, providing financial automation and insights. It does a wide range of finance and core accounting tasks such as multi-currency management, project accounting, orders and billing, and financial reporting.
Available across Mac, Windows and Linux, it is designed for small and medium businesses, and boasts around 30,000 users.
As the name suggests, this tool is designed for the food distribution industry, and is run on an on premise Windows server. It provides tools such as truck routing, sales, reporting, and keeping records of cash receipts.
It also provides pricing flexibility, and monitors customers accounts, holding the credit of a customer who falls behind on payments.
Netsuite is available across Mac, Linux, and Windows, and can be used by a range of industries. It is a web based platform, and is available for use on mobile devices. Security is provided via both in the data centre and inbuilt controls within the software.
ERP functionality comes as part of the business software suite of tools offered by Netsuite. Customers include Roku, and Siemens, but the can be used by smaller firms too.
SAP has multiple ERP offerings – By Design, Manufacturing, and Business One.
Business One has 41 country specific versions, and is predominantly used by medium sized firms in the retail, service, and distribution industries. Manufacturing is its enterprise level offering, while By Design is a SaS, cloud based product which includes customer relationship management (CRM) functionality.
10. Oracle JD Edwards
This product is part of Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne product line, and focuses on core accounting functionality such as accounts payable and receivable, advanced cost accounting, and expense management.
It can be used on premise, on Windows and Linux, and is OS agnostic via web browsers.