If you’ve blinked in the last decade or so, you might not recognize the modern ERP software market. Flexibility and customization have supplanted the rigid, monolithic systems of years past, offering unprecedented interconnectivity between best-of-breed applications.
These days, ERP integrations are the new normal—so much so that Gartner coined a term, postmodern ERP, to reflect the changing landscape. If that weren’t enough, Gartner analysis anticipates that 40% of digital business costs will soon go toward integration initiatives.
In this increasingly competitive technological arena, you either have a postmodern ERP strategy or risk falling behind.
THE CHALLENGE: But how do you kickstart your postmodern ERP strategy? Which core system do you implement? Which third-party apps do you integrate? Investing in the wrong software can have significant financial consequences, delay a costly implementation, and prevent businesses from achieving their full potential. Choosing software wisely—and doing it the first time—is critical.
THE SOLUTION: If that sounds like a lot of pressure, don’t worry—we’re here to help. We analyzed more than 300 Software Advice reviews and found five systems singled out by multiple users for their integration capabilities.
Businesses that implement one of these five core ERP platforms will have a necessary foundation built on future agility, enhancing their ability to compete in the modern business landscape.
5 platforms to elevate your ERP strategy
This retail-focused ERP integrates with popular ecommerce platforms like Amazon, Shopify, and more. Primarily catering to apparel manufacturers, BlueCherry’s open API means users can customize and integrate to their heart’s content.
And if you need a little guidance (which you will, unless you’re a seasoned developer), try this on for size: The company offers application development and maintenance support through parent company Computer Generated Solutions.
Ideal for: Omnichannel retail organizations, wholesalers, and lifestyle product manufacturers.
Style master reference in BlueCherry ERP (Source)
Geared toward government contractors, this ERP features its own built-in Costpoint Integration Console, where organizations can seamlessly integrate core-platform functionality with third-party applications. This includes the ability to run Costpoint reports and processes through non-Deltek software, as well as import/export Costpoint data to/from other applications.
Deltek’s Global Consulting service offers custom deployments and end-to-end support, including software integration, extensions, business intelligence, and other initiatives.
Ideal for: Government contracting, nonprofit, research and development, and aerospace and defense organizations.
Project costing in Deltek Costpoint (Source)
3. Deskera ERP
Deskera is a cloud-based ERP for small and midsize businesses, accessible from virtually anywhere via web browser or mobile app. It offers built-in integration with tax compliance app Avalara, as well as more supply chain-focused solutions like Orderful and UPS.
But it doesn’t end there; virtually any third-party app is fair game through the platform’s Service-oriented architecture, which utilizes XML-based API methods such as REST, SOAP, and BAPIs.
Ideal for: Small and midsize organizations seeking a cloud-based, mobile-friendly business management solution.
Dashboard menu in Deskera ERP (Source)
4. MARG ERP 9+
In addition to modules ranging from payroll to inventory management, MARG ERP 9+ features a host of integration options. Businesses can select from multiple API packages, depending on the type of solution desired, as part of their annual payment plan, giving them access to user-specific functionality, reporting, and data integration enhancements.
MARG also boasts more than 2,500 configurations, allowing businesses to tweak the software to fit the needs of the organization.
Ideal for: Businesses of all sizes and industries that prefer an on-premise ERP solution with emphasis on inventory management and accounting.
Wholesale billing in Marg ERP 9+ (Source)
One of the first players in the early ERP market, SYSPRO has decades of specialization in manufacturing and distribution solutions. Its built-in SYSPRO Integration Framework allows the exchange of information across applications and devices, making for easier system-wide collaboration and communication.
The integration framework consists of three primary service areas: SYSPRO e.net Solutions (service-oriented), SYSPRO Client Interface (client-oriented), and SYSPRO Document Flow Manager (collaboration-oriented). Each solution has a unique method of communication between applications and interfaces, allowing for a smoother, faster, and more seamless integration experience.
Ideal for: Manufacturers and distributors that need a fully integrated yet flexible solution with a robust technological foundation.
Inventory query in SYSPRO (Source)
Want more postmodern ERP?
If it’s postmodern ERP intel you crave, we’re here to serve. Use these resources to aid your quest for integration perfection:
- What Is Postmodern ERP?
- The Benefits, Challenges and Best Practices Associated With Postmodern ERP Integration
- 3 ERP Integration Solutions to Keep Your System Agile and Efficient
Still have questions? Our friendly software advisors, equipped with industry-leading expertise, are happy to help. For a free 15-minute phone consultation, give us a ring at (855) 998-8505.
The above systems were selected based on analysis of more than 300 Software Advice reviews submitted by verified ERP users in 2017 or 2018. Only reviews with multiple mentions of integration in the “Pros” section were considered for the purposes of this article.
The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations. They have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.