5 Popular ERPs With Strong Analytics Functionalities

By: Zach Hale on May 1, 2020

ERP software can do many things. But chief among the myriad benefits of a unified ERP system is its use of analytics—specifically, its representation of data-driven insights through advanced reporting functionality and dashboards.

As big data continues to permeate the ERP software landscape, an increasing number of vendors are offering analytics capabilities to help your business compete in the 21st-century economy. There’s no shortage of options to choose from, though. So how can a business adequately evaluate ERPs based on their analytics functionality in this increasingly saturated market?

That’s where we come in.

To help guide your search, we evaluated the data analytics capabilities of the five top-rated ERP systems according to Software Advice user reviews between January 2018 and January 2020 (minimum 20 reviews).

5 ERP systems with strong analytics


1. E2 Shop System

2. JobBOSS

3. Jonas Premier

4. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

5. SAP Business One

1

(4.35 / 5)

600+ reviews

E2 Shop System is an ERP solution designed specifically for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers. As you might expect, its data analytics functionality is heavy on the manufacturing end of the spectrum.

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Sales dashboard in E2 Shop System (Source)

This includes in-depth analysis of things like inventory, job tracking, profitability, and other metrics, offering manufacturers increased transparency and deeper insight into their day-to-day operations. For on-the-go updates, users can download the E2 SHOP mobile app for Apple and Android, which offers real-time data visibility from the comfort of your smartphone.

2

(3.98 / 5)

180+ reviews

JobBOSS is an ERP solution for small and midsize manufacturers, with added emphasis on scheduling, job costing, and other productivity-related processes. By streamlining all manufacturing data into a unified database, users have access to all their most critical analytics—whether it’s coming from the shop floor or the accounting department.

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Job entry dashboard in JobBOSS (Source)

In 2018, JobBOSS rolled out integrated dashboard functionality from a third-party vendor called Lojic, offering users more in-depth reporting functionality than previous iterations of the software. But because it’s available as an add-on rather than a built-in component of the software, Lojic dashboard functionality is only available as an added cost (starting at $99 per month for up 10 users). Businesses that can afford it will find their investment well worth it, however, with an array of customizable, real-time dashboards that can save money in the long run.

3

(4.56 / 5)

170+ reviews

A cloud-based ERP and construction management solution, Jonas Premier caters to homebuilders, designers, midsize contractors, and subcontractors. The software offers a variety of construction-oriented functionality (estimates, job logs, RFIs), in addition to more universal processes (expense reporting, accounting, inventory management).

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Budgeting dashboard in Jonas Premier

Jonas Premier offers a variety of fully customizable dashboards and reports, with the ability to drill down deep into specific metrics and export the data to several different formats. The software also permits multiple views for things like job cost variance and supplier obligations—giving users a more detailed glimpse into construction-specific processes.

4

(4.14 / 5)

100+ reviews

Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne software is an ERP system for industries of all types and sizes. The cloud-based platform runs the gamut of ERP functionality, from finance and order processing to manufacturing and supply chain management. Naturally, this also entails a variety of analytics, reporting, and business intelligence functionality.

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Role-based dashboard in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (Source)

EnterpriseOne’s analytics component, branded as One View Reporting, offers real-time visibility into operations through an intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface. Users can choose from the software’s extensive library of prebuilt reports, or even design and create their own based on individual roles and organizational needs.

5

(4.17 / 5)

100+ reviews

SAP offers multiple ERP solutions, and Business One is arguably the most popular choice among small and midsize businesses. The cloud-based software offers industry-standard functionality for businesses of all types, with top-of-the-line features that make it a staple in our list of ERP FrontRunners.

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Dashboard menu in SAP Business One (Source)

The system includes a fully customizable reporting module, with extensive drill-down capabilities and the option to export to a variety of formats. With Business One, users not only have access to real-time analytics—they can visualize, filter, and search for specific metrics within the same module. SAP also offers a Business One mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones, a popular solution for on-the-fly access to your ERP data.

Next steps: Finding and implementing your new ERP

With so many options to choose from, selecting, buying, and implementing a new ERP system takes significant time and resources. Fortunately, our resources hub can help ease that burden. There you’ll find a plethora of helpful content, from the Key Criteria to ERP Software Selection to How ERP Data Analytics Improve Predictive Maintenance.

If you need more help selecting an ERP system, Software Advice is only a phone call away. Our expert advisors provide free, fast, and personalized software recommendations, helping companies of all sizes find products that meet their business needs.

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