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Research and reviews for enterprise resource planning systems (ERP software).

Eric Kimberling

Eric Kimberling

Managing Partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions
Throughout his career, Eric has helped dozens of high-profile and global companies with their ERP initiatives, including Kodak, Samsonite, Coors, Duke Energy and Lucent Technologies. In addition to his extensive ERP experience, Eric has also helped clients with business process reengineering, merger and acquisition integration and strategic planning. The following three articles comprise Eric's list of must-read content for every ERP buyer.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software unifies most if not all of a company’s operations under the umbrella of a single software system. This all-inclusive approach can include many modular functions that also exist as standalone solutions like manufacturing, supply chain management and financial management. Browse the best ERP software with Business-Software.com’s free comparison report of the Top 20 ERP Software solutions.

Traditional ERP solutions are ideal for larger enterprises who have a need for software uniformity across multiple office sites. Among the top-rated ERP systems are:

  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • SAP ERP
  • Aptean ERP
  • Netsuite ERP
  • Cloud ERP Software

    Cloud ERP Software Articles

    Is Salesorder the World's Favorite Web-Based ERP?

    Is Salesorder the World's Favorite Web-Based ERP?

    Salesorder.com calls itself "the world's favorite web-based ERP." And yet, Salesorder.com may not be the first company people think of when they hear that term. CEO Nick Spooner joined us for a talk about their under-the-radar sales strategy, and why their biggest competitors have the wrong business model for SMBs.

    From the Community: Cloud ERP Alternatives to NetSuite?

    From the Community: Cloud ERP Alternatives to NetSuite?

    Now, many ERP solutions are offered as SaaS products, providing companies with flexibility, fewer up-front costs and streamlined access to new features and releases, all without losing the support and reliability traditional on-premise deployments provide. While NetSuite ERP is an excellent software solution for companies who want the robust functionality of a fully featured ERP with the flexibility of a cloud deployment, we get numerous questions about alternative solutions that provide similar end-to-end business management. Here are three comprehensive cloud ERP solutions your company should consider.

    Diving Deeper into PLM and ERP with Chad Jackson

    Diving Deeper into PLM and ERP with Chad Jackson

    In my last PLM piece I presented a big picture view of PLM and ERP, their purpose, and in what ways the two systems augment one another to create an environment in which shared information can be used to inform engineering and production. Though few in the field would argue against the notion that PLM and ERP are more effective in tandem, there are countless opinions on how the integration process should be carried out.

  • Enterprise Resource Planning Best Practices

    Enterprise Resource Planning Best Practices Articles

    From the Community: Is the ROI from ERP Software Worth the Costs?

    From the Community: Is the ROI from ERP Software Worth the Costs?

    Community question from Keith S., who asks, “Do users expect an ROI from ERP, or do they just assume it’s a software that must be adopted?“ To answer this question, we’ll look at the changing landscape of ERP software, the ROI users can expect and whether or not the ROI from ERP solutions is truly worthwhile.

    Hidden ERP Implementation Costs - Exposed

    Hidden ERP Implementation Costs - Exposed

    Many within the ERP industry tend to focus on the somewhat comical number of ERP project failures. From the perspective of sr. management, often the biggest unpleasant surprise is the actual ERP implementation costs.

    ERP Nightmare: Implementations Gone Awry

    ERP Nightmare: Implementations Gone Awry

    ERP software can benefit your business by connecting all the databases within your company, providing you with a single, integrated view of your entire organization. When carefully chosen and strategically implemented, ERP can deliver real value and cost savings to an organization. When it’s not, the ERP project can become a giant headache, as the following companies have found.

    Better Together: Why PLM and ERP Work Best as a Team

    Better Together: Why PLM and ERP Work Best as a Team

    By observing recent trends in PLM software and ERP software, we can see that traditional methods of separating the two systems are being proven obsolete by companies that are learning to respect and capitalize on the differences between them. Here’s what you need to know about how PLM software and ERP software work together.

  • ERP Software Reviews

    ERP Software Reviews Articles

    From the Community: ERP for Manufacturers of Non-Standard Products

    From the Community: ERP for Manufacturers of Non-Standard Products

    Even with thousands of white papers and blog posts on ERP software, most implementations still fail. Luckily, we’re committed to answering your ERP business software questions. This week’s question comes from Linda P., who is looking to find an easy-to-implement, inexpensive ERP for manufacturers of non-standard products.

    From the Community: Are There Worthy Open Source ERP Options?

    From the Community: Are There Worthy Open Source ERP Options?

    Today’s question is about the software beast, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In his question Tony S asks: “Are there any worthy open source ERP options?” As Tony alludes to in his question, there are many open source ERPs floating in the websphere today. But which open source ERP software solutions will work “out of the box” and serve as a fantastic asset to an SMB or startup?

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    The recent trend in business software has been shifting heavily in favor of cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based solutions and the same is true for ERP software as well. Cloud solutions often have lower upfront costs and offer better performance, scalability, and more accessibility. Because cloud ERP requires no additional IT infrastructure/support and no additional hardware/software, its deployment speeds are much faster than their on-premise counterparts. Here are 5 ERP solutions that demonstrate why the cloud is the future of ERP.

    Revitas Reinvents Enterprise Revenue Dynamics for Complex Distribution

    Revitas Reinvents Enterprise Revenue Dynamics for Complex Distribution

    Revitas optimizes complex manufacturing channels and improve distribution techniques with top manufacturing and distribution software solutions. We sat down with President and COO Al Smith to learn how Revitas is reinventing itself for the 21st century.

  • Free ERP Software

    Free ERP Software Articles

    From the Community: Are There Worthy Open Source ERP Options?

    From the Community: Are There Worthy Open Source ERP Options?

    Today’s question is about the software beast, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In his question Tony S asks: “Are there any worthy open source ERP options?” As Tony alludes to in his question, there are many open source ERPs floating in the websphere today. But which open source ERP software solutions will work “out of the box” and serve as a fantastic asset to an SMB or startup?

    The Best Free ERP Systems

    The Best Free ERP Systems

    When it comes to free ERP systems, all the important players are open source. When someone refers to open source ERP, they’re talking about a system in which the source code is made freely available to developers and potential customers. With the raw source code, developers are free to build-out the software and businesses are free to customize it to meet any specific requirements they have.

    xTuple Brings Open Source Innovation to ERP

    xTuple Brings Open Source Innovation to ERP

    "Even if the eastern seaboard falls into the Atlantic Ocean tomorrow and xTuple the company goes away, all our customers and open source community users have a level of insurance and security that the most pampered customer of SAP doesn't have today." We spoke with Ned Lilly, CEO of xTuple and author of blog the ERP Graveyard, to see how xTuple applies open source ethos to the business software world.

  • NetSuite ERP Software

    NetSuite ERP Software Articles

    Top 5 Discrete Manufacturing Software

    Top 5 Discrete Manufacturing Software

    Discrete manufacturing has its own set of challenges and needs that have to be met by the software that controls it, but even finding the right solution can be difficult. Because discrete manufacturing is not continuous, software must be capable of more complex functions including delivering more sophisticated routing, capacity planning, engineering change management, and outsourced production within a routing sequence. Read on for reviews of five top manufacturing solutions that are robust and reliable.

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    The recent trend in business software has been shifting heavily in favor of cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based solutions and the same is true for ERP software as well. Cloud solutions often have lower upfront costs and offer better performance, scalability, and more accessibility. Because cloud ERP requires no additional IT infrastructure/support and no additional hardware/software, its deployment speeds are much faster than their on-premise counterparts. Here are 5 ERP solutions that demonstrate why the cloud is the future of ERP.

    Top 5 ERP CRM Providers

    Top 5 ERP CRM Providers

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are designed to improve key back office business activities, while customer relationship management (CRM) applications were created to enhance front-office functions including sales, marketing, and service and support. It’s only logical that the major ERP vendors, in an effort to further extend the value of their suites, would make the move into the CRM market. As a result, a new host of ERP CRM solutions have been introduced over the last several years.

  • Oracle ERP Software

    Oracle ERP Software Articles

    Top 5 ERP CRM Providers

    Top 5 ERP CRM Providers

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are designed to improve key back office business activities, while customer relationship management (CRM) applications were created to enhance front-office functions including sales, marketing, and service and support. It’s only logical that the major ERP vendors, in an effort to further extend the value of their suites, would make the move into the CRM market. As a result, a new host of ERP CRM solutions have been introduced over the last several years.

    Software as a Service: Are SAP and Oracle in It to Win It?

    Software as a Service: Are SAP and Oracle in It to Win It?

    As SAP and Oracle are raising the maintenance rates for their on-premise ERP solutions, one might wonder if they are keeping in step with the demands of the market, which is seeing an ever-growing presence of SaaS vendors that don't charge for maintenance. SAP and Oracle are realizing they cannot completely ignore the recent SaaS wave. As a result, they have started to move into the cloud by acquiring SuccessFactors (SAP) and Taleo and RightNow (Oracle). But many people wonder if SAP and Oracle are really in it to win it. Can you, after all, "buy" the cloud?

    Lessons Learned the Hard Way: Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

    Lessons Learned the Hard Way: Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

    Often the most difficult and important task that any corporation must perform is to select and implement an all-encompassing architecture methodology. My view on all 4 architecture methodologies mentioned above (Zachman, TOGAF, Gartner and Oracle) offers a sound basis to build your company architecture methodology. The only tip ‘never take it as is always customize it to your corporation's culture’.

    The Price Tag of ERP Failure: $440 Million?

    The Price Tag of ERP Failure: $440 Million?

    When most organizations consider the risk and cost of an ERP failure, they typically think about relatively smaller-scale risks. But while large companies implementing an ERP system may not need to worry about losing $440 million in 30 seconds as a result of their ERP failures, they do need to remember that budgetary overruns and lost business benefits alone can easily carry a multi-million-dollar price tag. Looking at Knight Capital’s dramatic ERP failure, it becomes clear that organizations that don’t effectively handle their ERP implementations can (and often do) end up paying a price almost beyond comprehension.

  • SAP ERP Software

    SAP ERP Software Articles

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    Flying High with the Top 5 Cloud ERP Software Solutions

    The recent trend in business software has been shifting heavily in favor of cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based solutions and the same is true for ERP software as well. Cloud solutions often have lower upfront costs and offer better performance, scalability, and more accessibility. Because cloud ERP requires no additional IT infrastructure/support and no additional hardware/software, its deployment speeds are much faster than their on-premise counterparts. Here are 5 ERP solutions that demonstrate why the cloud is the future of ERP.

    SAP Is Getting Serious About Collaboration, Open Source

    SAP Is Getting Serious About Collaboration, Open Source

    SAP’s seeming lack of on-demand—and therefore modern—products has kept the brand under heavy fire for a pretty long time now. SAP does have cloud-based products though, and SAP CRM On-Demand has been on the market for a couple years now.

    From the Community: Where to Find an SAP ERP Look-Alike

    From the Community: Where to Find an SAP ERP Look-Alike

    This week’s question comes from Guy R who asks “I’m looking for alternatives to NetSuite and SAP that provide an integrated package including billing and stock control.” In order to answer this question appropriately, let’s delve into the features that makes NetSuite and SAP a dominating ERP suite in the market, then find solutions that most closely match the criteria.

    SAP Business One, Chapter Two: Raising the Small Business Bar (Pt. 1)

    SAP Business One, Chapter Two: Raising the Small Business Bar (Pt. 1)

    In the world of SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), SAP Business One is sometimes overshadowed by SAP Business All-in-One (BAiO).

  • Top Distribution Software Reviews

    Top Distribution Software Reviews Articles

    Revitas Reinvents Enterprise Revenue Dynamics for Complex Distribution

    Revitas Reinvents Enterprise Revenue Dynamics for Complex Distribution

    Revitas optimizes complex manufacturing channels and improve distribution techniques with top manufacturing and distribution software solutions. We sat down with President and COO Al Smith to learn how Revitas is reinventing itself for the 21st century.

    4 Key Steps to Planning Your Warehouse Distribution Center

    4 Key Steps to Planning Your Warehouse Distribution Center

    A warehouse distribution center is the focal point of the supply chain, and a successful strategy for planning the distribution center will reap positive results at several points, from receiving of products to distribution to customers.

    Save the Trees: Why Inventory Distribution Software Should Go Digital

    Save the Trees: Why Inventory Distribution Software Should Go Digital

    Tracking the distribution of your inventory is an important task and one that generally takes priority. What methods do you currently employ to get the job done? Chances are, you have already invested in inventory distribution software and do not rely on old-time, paper-based methods to conduct your tasks.

    How Distribution Software Enhances Customer Satisfaction

    How Distribution Software Enhances Customer Satisfaction

    Distribution software provides many advantages. But, perhaps the most important benefit is its ability to enhance customer satisfaction. Read on to learn how companies can improve customer service with a distribution software system.

  • Trends in ERP Software

    Trends in ERP Software Articles

    ERP Industry Reality Check: A Voice from the Trenches

    ERP Industry Reality Check: A Voice from the Trenches

    I must admit, I am a bit of an oddity in the ERP industry. Many consider me a consultant because I once ran with the pack at a Big Five firm. Others like to peg my views as those of a “client practitioner.” However, since I no longer use outside consultants, how can I be a client? One thing is for sure—I have no software or implementation services to sell you.

    Are Some ERP Consulting Firms Crooks?

    Are Some ERP Consulting Firms Crooks?

    Most in the ERP industry agree that software consultants can play an important role in helping their clients successfully implement a new ERP system. While some consulting firms have more expertise than others, at least most firms try to operate with their client’s best interest in mind.

    EAI: An Alternative to ERP

    EAI: An Alternative to ERP

    I’m in good company around here when I say that ERP is an extraordinary tool when managing a business. It’s comprehensive, intuitive, and relatively low-maintenance. Any company that is capable of utilizing software development to attain an ERP program absolutely should do so. However, EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) is getting better with time. Instead of overhauling a business’s software regimen, entrepreneurs are given the option of keeping their legacy processes and merely putting them all in one place.

    From the Community: ERP vs MRP Which is Better For Me?

    From the Community: ERP vs MRP Which is Better For Me?

    This week’s question is from Brenda F., who asks which type of software solution would be a better fit for her business: “ERP vs MRP, which is better for me?” Brenda’s got a business that manufactures tools for the power industry. In addition, the company functions as a job shop, a type of small-scale manufacturing focused on customized items. We help her decide whether a material requirements planning or top ERP solution is best for her company.

  • What is ERP Software?

    What is ERP Software? Articles

    How Do You Know When It's Time for ERP at Your Company?

    How Do You Know When It's Time for ERP at Your Company?

    ERP vendors might tell you that any time is the right time for ERP... if you have the right-sized check, but that's not true. There is actually a specific point in the trajectory of your business growth where the implementation of ERP should enter the picture. Here are a few tips to help your company determine whether it's time to invest in an ERP solution.

    Buyer’s Guide: What Type of ERP Is Right for Me?

    Buyer’s Guide: What Type of ERP Is Right for Me?

    Selecting an ERP can be one of the most significant (and expensive) software purchases that you’ll make for your company, so it pays to get it right the first time. There’s no one-size-fits-all ERP solution, so finding the one that works best for you requires understanding not only the many different ERP vendors on the market today, but also the multitude of products available. Here's our breakdown of how to navigate the maze of ERP solutions available and make an informed choice before you buy.

    What Is ERP? Business-Software.com Answers the Million-Dollar Question

    What Is ERP? Business-Software.com Answers the Million-Dollar Question

    For many software newbies, the acronyms that refer to specific software segments can seem puzzling, if not downright incomprehensible. And when it comes to three letters in particular -- ERP -- it seems as if even well-versed software users and product vendors have yet to settle on a precise definition. That’s precisely why Business-Software.com decided it was time to offer a detailed, easy-to-comprehend explanation of the most-asked question with ERP software: What exactly is ERP?

    What Is ERP?

    What Is ERP?

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is not a new concept. It was introduced more than 40 years ago when the first ERP system was created to improve inventory control and management at manufacturing firms. The latest editions of ERP systems serve a slightly different purpose, linking critical back-office functions so that a variety of departments can more effectively collaborate.

Popular ERP Solutions

Epicor ERP

Epicor ERP

Epicor ERP is a robust ERP solution that can help companies of all sizes in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and hospitality industries.

IFS Applications

IFS Applications

Combined with various solutions such as HR, financials, CRM and more, IFS Applications is a comprehensive ERP solution that can manage all business needs.

Global Shop One-System ERP

Global Shop One-System ERP

Global Shop One-System ERP improves operations throughout the enterprise with comprehensive manufacturing functionality.

Plex Manufacturing Cloud

Plex Manufacturing Cloud

The Plex Manufacturing Cloud is a robust cloud ERP solution that supports every aspect of your enterprise manufacturing operations.

Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3

Designed for midsized enterprises looking to expand into the international market, Sage ERP X3 delivers first-class functionality in an easy-to-use system.

NetSuite ERP

NetSuite ERP

NetSuite ERP integrates with existing web and CRM investments, providing a financial management solution that works with a company’s other business systems.

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