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NetSuite

NetSuite is a complete cloud-based ERP solution that integrates with inventory, warehouse management, accounting, and customer relationship management. Ideal for businesses managing production orders and inventory restocking.
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Sage X3

Sage X3 is an enterprise business management software suite that includes integrated functionality for financial management, sales, customer service, distribution, inventory, and manufacturing, and business intelligence. Sage X3 is... Read More
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IQMS Manufacturing ERP

IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read More
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E2 Shop System

E2 by Shoptech Corporation brings all business operations into a single simple solution, from estimating to scheduling, purchasing, shipping and even customer management and accounting, with its easy-to-use solution. Designed specifically... Read More
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Sage Intacct

Intacct is designed for small to mid-sized businesses and is a popular ERP system with more than 30,000 users across the globe. The system is web-based and can work with any OS because it's accessed through a web browser.
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Plus & Minus

Plus & Minus is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) financial solution built around a single-file system. It offers collaborative tools for managing sales, accounting, purchasing and reporting operations. The solution... Read More
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Aquilon ERP

Aquilon Software offers a combined supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, and financial management system that is deployable either on the cloud or on-premise. All modules integrate with each other, allowing users to gain full... Read More
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Realtrac

Realtrac is an on-premise job management solution designed for job shop manufacturers and modular machine shops. It helps small and midsize manufacturers to schedule workflows, manage shop operations, track inventories, manage purchases... Read More
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Adjutant

Adjutant is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business process management (BPM) solution from ABIS. Key features include approval tracking and processing, an automated alert system, a contract management system, project management,... Read More
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Global Shop Solutions

Global Shop Solutions offers a One-System ERP software to serve clients across manufacturing industries of all sizes. The multi-modular application comprises of independent modules for customer relationship management, inventory management,... Read More
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EXEControl ERP

EXEControl is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps organizations manage their core business operations including administration, accounting, marketing, production and inventory. It combines the capabilities of... Read More
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PENTA Construction ERP Software

PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction... Read More
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VISCO

VISCO was designed specifically for importers and distributors, with an emphasis on chemical, plastics, seafood and wine. It is an integrated system with warehouse management, inventory management and procurement features. By integrating... Read More
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Blue Link ERP

This distribution ERP system features integrated accounting as well as inventory and customer management. We recommend Blue Link ERP for small to mid-sized distributors interested in growth or improved backend operations.
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Pilot ERP

Pilot ERP is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suitable for small and midsized manufacturers and distributors. The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. Pilot ERP provides businesses collaborative... Read More
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JustFoodERP

JustFoodERP is a scalable, modular Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that offers both on-premise and web-based deployment. It's ideal for mid-sized manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry.
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ECOUNT

ECOUNT is a cloud-based integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suitable for small and midsize businesses. It helps manage inventory, production, logistics, sales, accounting and payroll. ECOUNT’s inventory management... Read More
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Spectrum

Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application. Spectrum is developed by Dexter + Chaney, a technology company... Read More
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FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud. The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and... Read More
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ComputerEase

ComputerEase was founded in 1983. Since then, the vendor has built a large customer base of over 6,000 contractors. It offers a fully integrated construction management suite with accounting, project management and service management... Read More
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Vista by Viewpoint

Viewpoint V6 was designed to be a particularly good fit for any type of Construction segment, including General Contractors, Engineers, and Architects, and features an especially robust Accounting feature.
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abas ERP

Abas ERP is a solution geared towards small to midsize manufacturers and distributors. Abas has three main application offerings on the market today: Abas ERP, Abas Distribution and Abas eB, a line of e-business solutions that can... Read More
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Epicor

With extensive functionality for inventory, accounting, pre-production materials, and manufacturing execution, Epicor delivers a fully integrated web-based software system. Ideal for manufacturers with $1 million+ in revenue.
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IFS Applications

Designed specifically for to-order manufacturers and asset-intensive companies around the globe, IFS Applications is relied upon by its large global customer base by supporting intricate order-driven and mixed-mode manufacturing requirements... Read More
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BatchMaster Process Manufacturing

BatchMaster ERP is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small and midsize process manufacturing companies. AS an OEM SAP solution, it performs a wide range of business management functions including, business... Read More
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Epicor Distribution

The Epicor Distribution Suite is a versatile, web-based ERP software solution. This system offers a range of enterprise applications for businesses of all sizes. Epicor is a trusted vendor serving thousands of customers worldwide.
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Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS)

Geneva (GBMS) includes training, customization, configuration, and maintenance post-install in their Implementation Package. It is a good transitionary software when beginning with an already installed basic application.
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Microsoft Dynamics AX

With features like core accounting, supply chain management, and requirements planning, Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP is scalable and applicable to companies in most industries, even those with a global footprint.
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ERP-ONE+

With both cloud-based and on-premise deployment options, ERP-ONE by Distribution One offers fully customizable software to fit your company’s needs and is designed for distributors with revenue between $1 million to $25 million.
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Oracle JD Edwards

Using the Oracle Technology Foundation, JD Edwards' ERP software is scalable and versatile to meet the needs of a wide variety of vertical markets. Supports multiple languages and currencies. Available as on-premise and web-based.
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SAP Business ByDesign

SAP Business ByDesign is a software-as-a-service solution designed to address core business needs. Includes applications for customer relationship management, project management, HR, and compliance.
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IBS Enterprise

IBS Enterprise is a complete, integrated ERP system with financial management, business intelligence, customer relationship management, human resources and more. It is used by more than 2,000 organizations around the globe.
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ProcessPro Premier

ProcessPro believes in one basic rule: as soon as business owners start to get more from their information, they will start to get more out of their business as well. It’s that simple. Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)... Read More
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SAP Business All-in-One

SAP Business All-in-One is available as either an on-premise installment or as a web-enabled option, so it can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. The system is supported by more than 1,000 SAP system consultants.
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JobBOSS

JobBOSS is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) built for small and midsize manufacturers in North America. It allows key office and production staff to manage job information day-to-day to aid customer service and on-time deliveries.... Read More
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BizAutomation Cloud ERP

Bizautomation offers cloud-based ERP for smaller SMBs. Functionality includes accounting, order management, inventory, customer relationship management (CRM), sales commissions, e-commerce (including a business portal), purchase planning,... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics GP

Originally designed as a financial accounting system, Microsoft Dynamics GP was extended to serve as a complete ERP suite. Also includes applications for managing HR, manufacturing planning, supply chain, IT, and more.
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Lawson M3

Ideal for mid-sized to large enterprises, Lawson's M3 ERP software streamlines critical business processes. Designed for scalability, M3 ERP is well-suited for vertical industries, including healthcare, public sector, and more.
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Kenandy Cloud ERP

Kenandy is a new player in the cloud ERP market and is gaining attention due to their use of social collaboration tools such as Salesforce's Chatter. The system is complete with MRP, supply chain and purchasing applications.
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bcFood

bcFood by Beck Consulting is an enterprise resource planning system designed specifically to meet the needs of both small and large food manufacturers, processors, and distributors. bcFood is built on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and support... Read More
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Unit4 Business World

Unit4 Business World is a scalable ERP solution designed to address the unique demands service organizations face. It offers multi-lingual and multi-currency capabilities, and is a fit for higher education, nonprofits and NGOs, professional... Read More
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Praesto AE

Praesto AE delivers robust reporting capabilities through their intuitive dashboards, and since it is a SaaS solution, Praesto AE is compatible on any Mac or Windows-based device.
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Datacor Chempax

A solution for chemical process manufacturers and distributors, Chempax by Datacor is an ERP software suite with Microsoft Office integration, automated email notification, instant messaging and flexible reporting options.
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Jonas Premier

Jonas Premier is a cloud-based construction management software, which explicitly caters to the needs of midsize contractors, homebuilders, designers and subcontractors. The web-based solution comprises of various integrated modules... Read More
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A2000

With integrated functions such as inventory management, order processing and accounting, A2000 by GCS Software is a reliable, single solution for the apparel industry. This award-winning software is easy to use and install.
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InFocus

Designed especially for the needs of Architects and Engineers, InFocus uses the Reporting Language Definition developed by Microsoft to combine robust reporting capabilities with the convenience of a web-based format.
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Deltek Maconomy

Deltek Maconomy is a comprehensive accounting ERP system created for professional service firms. Their web-based option adds convenience and flexibility to their advanced financial and project management tools.
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Ramco ERP on Cloud

Ramco ERP on Cloud is built on the proprietary Ramco VirtualWorks platform, offering mid-sized and large manufacturers the option of deploying this ERP on-premise or in the cloud. It also offers strong mobile capabilities.
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Cetec ERP

Cetec ERP is a manufacturing enterprise resource planning system for midsize to large organizations. Cetec ERP helps users to manage the manufacturing process, from inception of a job, to procurement, to shop floor management, in a... Read More
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SAP Business One

SAP’s Business One ERP software is a comprehensive solution designed for 1 to 30 users. Deployed on-site, it also offers a remote support function and a Development Kit that allows for customizability.
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Buyer's Guide

As the prevalence of cloud solutions in areas like customer relationship management (CRM), human resources (HR) and accounting has increased, so too has interest in cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. ERP software has been slower to adapt to the cloud trend due the sophistication and computing requirements typical of an ERP system.

That is starting to change, however, as a small but increasing number of ERP vendors begin to offer their system in the software-as-a-service (SaaS), or cloud, model. Although there are relatively few cloud ERP options on the market today, every major ERP vendor offers some form of Web access to their software. We wrote this buyer’s guide to sort through the myriad of Web-based ERP solutions on the market.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Cloud ERP Software?
Common Features of Cloud ERP Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues

What Is Cloud ERP Software?

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system automates and tracks a variety of business functions across various departments in an organization—from tracking revenue to monitoring supply chain activities.

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Generally speaking, ERP software is an umbrella term describing a system that captures and shares information across all departments and business functions. Whereas a traditional ERP system is installed and maintained on location, cloud ERP software is delivered purely through a Web browser via an Internet connection. Note that:

  • In the cloud model, the software vendor houses and manages the software and buyers pay a subscription price for the software—typically on a monthly or annual basis. This removes the need for businesses to host and maintain the software and data on their own servers.
  • This model is not to be confused with “Web-enabled” software, which means that the software is still installed on-site but the data is accessible online.
  • In both cases, system data can be accessed through an Internet connection, enabling employees to remotely access their business data through any device with online capabilities.

Common Features of Cloud ERP Software

Cloud ERP software includes the same features as on-premise ERP solutions, including:

ERP accounting Includes general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.
Business intelligence Used to analyze and report business data to help companies make better decisions. Funtionality includes analytics, data mining, reporting and more.
Customer relationship management Used to manage interactions with prospects, customers and clients across all departments, including marketing and sales.
Human resources Manages HR activities such as personnel tracking and benefits administration, as well as new strategic initiatives like talent management and learning management.
Inventory management Helps companies track up-to-date information about their product supply, maintain stock levels and avoid inventory depreciation and overspending.
Manufacturing Includes manufacturing resource planning software, manufacturing execution systems (MES), bill of materials (BOM), product life cycle management and more. 
Supply chain management Tracks goods as they move from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers to retail stores. Includes functionality to adjust inventory with demand changes monitor performance of suppliers and warehouse management.

What Type of Web-Based ERP Buyer Are You?

Prior to beginning your software selection process, it’s important to know what type of buyer you are. This will help narrow your options and provide a good launching point for deciding which system is best for you. Generally speaking, there are three types of buyers:

Full-suite buyers. These buyers want a single, integrated system to run their entire business. The goal in relying on a single system is to mitigate integration issues and facilitate a smoother flow of information between departments and business functions. These buyers favor cloud ERP suites, such as SAP Business ByDesign, NetSuite Manufacturing Edition and Infor Syteline.

Best-of-breed buyers. These buyers favor purchasing specialize applications that perform a single function, such as an HR system or CRM system. Typically, they’re looking for an application that has more robust functionality than what’s offered in an full-suite package. These buyers favor best-of-breed applications such as Taleo, Salesforce and ADP.

Small business buyer. Historically, there have been few options for small businesses to choose from when it comes to ERP software. That’s changing, however, as the software-as-a-service (SaaS) trend strengthens in the ERP software market. Of course, there are still several on-premise software systems available for small business buyers. Examples include MISys, Exact and Made 2 Manage by Consona.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Web-based ERPs have a number of key benefits over locally installed systems but also have their drawbacks:

Ease-of-use. Since Web-based ERP is delivered via a Web browser, the interface will have the familiar look and feel of a Web page. This means that it will be fairly intuitive to use and should reduce the need to invest in employee training.

Reduced IT costs. Because the software vendor hosts and maintains the software—performing maintenance, upgrades and back-ups—there is less need to invest in an in-house IT team.

Connectivity requirements. The biggest concern with a Web-based system is that it relies on a strong, consistent Internet connection. If you have an unreliable Internet connection, then you may want to resolve connectivity issues before pursuing a Web-based system.

Customization difficulties. Since every business receives the same version of the software, it is typically more difficult to customize a cloud ERP solution. However, this is starting to change as technology advances.