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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

    ERP in the Cloud: If You Build It, Will they Come?

    ERP in the Cloud: If You Build It, Will they Come?

    With powerhouse companies like Oracle and SAP claiming that more businesses are shifting to ERP in the cloud, we uncover what companies gain by switching.

    9 Reasons MS Dynamics Is the Best Choice for SMBs (Infographic)

    9 Reasons MS Dynamics Is the Best Choice for SMBs (Infographic)

    A new software implementation is a serious undertaking for any organization, but especially so for small businesses. It's for that reason that Intelligent Technologies created this infographic detailing nine reasons why the ERP needs of SMBs are best served by Microsoft Dynamics.

    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.

    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.

  • Enterprise Resource Planning Best Practices

    Enterprise Resource Planning Best Practices Articles

    Effective ERP Selection: The Key to a Smooth Implementation

    Effective ERP Selection: The Key to a Smooth Implementation

    Effective ERP selection ensures that your team has the best chance for a smooth implementation. Use these tips to choose the best ERP for your business.

    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.

    ERP Software Selection: Beware of Bolt-On Applications

    ERP Software Selection: Beware of Bolt-On Applications

    As an alternative to developing additional functionality within their base ERP offering, many software vendors purchase third-party applications (from another vendor), and sell the software as a "bolt-on" module. ERP history has shown that vendors often push bolt-ons once their clients discover during the software evaluation that their base package does not address their needs in specific areas.

    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 Software Reviews

    ERP Software Reviews 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?

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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?

    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 SMB ERPs: How to Nurture the Optimal Business

    Top 5 SMB ERPs: How to Nurture the Optimal Business

    With the rise of cloud-based solutions small and midsized businesses (SMBs) can now benefit from a well-implemented SMB ERP software solution. SMBs can enjoy a reduced need for technical support resources. Because of the growing availability of business software, Sage, Netsuite and other ERP vendors are developing suites that are affordable and built for modest-sized businesses to take control and nurture their own optimized business.

    Glass Dimensions Sparkles with NetSuite

    Glass Dimensions Sparkles with NetSuite

    "While we still sell our products to local gift shops, we can now sell them directly to consumers, as well," says Dave Perkins, the director of IT. "The retail landscape has changed over the last five years, and the efficiencies NetSuite brings have made it possible to offer personalized services that have helped us out a great deal. For a small business that needs the integration and automation of a big business, NetSuite is really a no-brainer."

  • Oracle ERP Software

    Oracle ERP Software Articles

    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’.

    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?

    Battle of the Tech Titans: The Oracle Lawsuit Wars

    Battle of the Tech Titans: The Oracle Lawsuit Wars

    When people think of business software, Oracle often comes to mind. A leader in both computer hardware and enterprise ERP, CRM and SCM software systems, Oracle is the third largest software provider by revenue, behind Microsoft and IBM. Oracle’s place in the business software world is prominent. This prominence, while helping Oracle maintain its position as a leading software provider, also means that Oracle has had its fair share of bad press and legal wrangling with other software and technology titans.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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?

    SAP Shines the Spotlight on Small and Medium Businesses

    SAP Shines the Spotlight on Small and Medium Businesses

    SAP’s stellar success in building its blue-chip large enterprise business has often overshadowed its considerable but quieter achievements in small and medium business (SMBs) markets. Though SAP is not a household name in the SMB community, SMBs account for the majority of SAP’s 197,000 customer base. At SAP’s first small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) summit, co-CEO Bill McDermott and other key SAP execs made it clear that SAP is intensifying its aspirations and endeavors.

  • 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

    Mid-Year ERP Snapshot: Your Guide to ERP in 2014 [Infographic]

    Mid-Year ERP Snapshot: Your Guide to ERP in 2014 [Infographic]

    Check out this infographic for a visual peek into the state of ERP in 2014: the industry leaders, the most coveted modules and a glimpse at the high costs of implementation---still one of ERP's biggest weaknesses.

    Mobile ERP Is a Game Changer, Including in the Food Industry

    Mobile ERP Is a Game Changer, Including in the Food Industry

    In today's mobile ERP solutions, production metrics are tailored for your business and delivered in a graphical dashboard application on the production floor. Heather Angus-Lee explores how connective ERP is changing today's software.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

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    Top ERP Blog Posts

    Effective ERP Selection: The Key to a Smooth Implementation

    Effective ERP Selection: The Key to a Smooth Implementation

    Effective ERP selection ensures that your team has the best chance for a smooth implementation. Use these tips to choose the best ERP for your business.

    Avoiding Unpleasant ERP Surprises: An IFS White Paper

    Avoiding Unpleasant ERP Surprises: An IFS White Paper

    In "Avoiding Unpleasant ERP Surprises," IFS discusses strategies for improving your ERP implementation. Download the complete white paper to learn more.

    Mid-Year ERP Snapshot: Your Guide to ERP in 2014 [Infographic]

    Mid-Year ERP Snapshot: Your Guide to ERP in 2014 [Infographic]

    Check out this infographic for a visual peek into the state of ERP in 2014: the industry leaders, the most coveted modules and a glimpse at the high costs of implementation---still one of ERP's biggest weaknesses.

    ERP Implementation 101: Vendors Cannot Own Your ERP Project

    ERP Implementation 101: Vendors Cannot Own Your ERP Project

    Yorur business should choose its consultants and vendors carefully; though they can't own your ERP project, they can contribute to its ultimate success (or failure).

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.

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.

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.

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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