ERP Software Comparison – Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, and Epicor ERP

ERP Software Comparison ERP comparison is an important part of any ERP selection project to determine which solution is best for your business. Our company represents four different leading ERP solutions from Sage and Epicor and they all present a solid technology and accounting foundation for any business across industries; but there are a few differences that must be considered as you make your final ERP selection. For example, there are differences between products taking into account third party and OEM applications, scalability, vertical functionality, workflow, and other factors.  Watch the recorded webinar below to learn how to dissect these various factors to choose your best-fit solution.
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ERP Evaluation Steps & Best Practices for Executives

ERP evaluationWe recently conducted (and recorded) an ERP webinar which discusses the many steps effectively evaluating ERP business applications. This is a heavily blogged about topic, but this webinar goes beyond the generalities found in most articles and digs into detailed tips for evaluating ERP vendors and products to ensure that the product technology, functionality, and total cost of ownership will meet your current and future needs. This webinar recording is designed to provide C-level executives and financial and information technology executives with an overview of the ERP evaluation process to help guide current and future ERP evaluations within their organizations.
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ERP System Evaluation: Where are You Getting Your Information?

Whether you’ve made the decision to implement your very first ERP system or replace the one you’re currently using, the most important thing you can do is gather information. Careful research and analysis is the number one way you can ensure a well informed and confident decision when it comes to selecting your system. The key is getting your ERP system evaluation information from the right sources.
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Advice from an ERP Consultant- How to Evaluate the Cost of ERP User Licenses

When you set out to begin an ERP implementation, you know there are going to be expenses, but do you know where they will come from or how to keep them to a minimum? Many companies, especially those who are implementing their very first ERP system, don’t always know what to expect when it comes to the cost of ERP.  In this article we’ll take a look at one area where you should absolutely ask your ERP consultant questions and know your options- user licensing fees.
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33 Question Check-list for ERP Selection

ERP Selection Check-ListWhen it comes to enterprise software solutions, selection is everything. It all comes down to the final system selection, but before that comes many other choices.  From choosing your ERP project team, evaluating your software options, choosing a vendor, and everything in between. It’s a hassle, but it’s worth it. By taking your time to methodically evaluate all of your options and ticking off the check boxes along the way, you will end up with a solution that’s going to give you the best possible results. What is the best way to make the right ERP selection? By asking a lot of questions. Here are 33 of the most important ones as you select your system, your vendor, and plan your ERP implementation project.
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12 Phases of a Successful ERP Implementation Project (Part 1 of 2)

Like any other project, an ERP implementation project consists of various steps and phases and while no two ERP projects are the same, there are some general ground rules and steps to follow to help guide your project to a successful end. The 12 steps below are not a guaranteed recipe for success, but we’ve seen them work time and time again to help companies stick to their budgets, streamline the process, and successfully adopt ERP into their business strategy.

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Final Thoughts Before Purchasing a Manufacturing ERP System

If you’re in the late stages of choosing a manufacturing ERP system, you know that planning is important to ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly as the project gets underway. You also know that patience and diligence are critical. So before you pull the trigger on purchasing a system, ask yourself, “did I remember to…?”

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24 Signs that Sage ERP X3 Could be the Right ERP System for You

Sage ERP X3 ERP has been around for a very long time; so long that all of the different systems out there begin to look the same after a while, especially when you are in the midst of making the decision about which one is right for your organization. While you may not know which ERP system is right for you, you do know your business, your current challenges, and your goals for the future. Maybe you’ve been thinking about Sage ERP X3– it’s a powerful and a well-known solution, but was designed for a company like yours? Find out if you’re on the right track:
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Answering the Question: What is The Best ERP System?

What is the best ERP platform? It’s a seemingly simple question asked by those on the hunt for a new solution, but the answer is far more complex than you might realize. There are a variety of factors that play into the answer. According to the Senior Research Analyst from InfoTech Research Group, the best way to answer that question is to break it into smaller ones and evaluate it from a few different angles, such as:

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How the Differences between Process & Discrete Manufacturing Impact ERP Selection

 

The differences between process and discrete manufacturing are more than just terminology; they are distinctly different manufacturing approaches. Take for example the can of paint and the paint brush in the image to the right; the processes and procedures to produce one look nothing like the processes and procedures used to produce the other. To support the distinctly different processes requires a distinctly different ERP system. Continue reading

4 Critical Considerations for a Successful Distribution ERP Software Project

In the distribution world, running a generic ERP system and/or working with an ERP partner who doesn’t truly understand the industry is the biggest mistake you can make. As a distributor, you need a distribution ERP system and ERP partner who understands and considers the nuances of your business and has the expertise to support your unique processes. This of course is easier said than done; with so many partners and software options out there, how do you avoid making this big mistake and weed out the ones who truly understand your business?  Consider the following: Continue reading

Discrete ERP vs. Process ERP: Formula/recipe and Bill of Materials

Discrete ERP vs. Process ERP

Over the years manufacturing has changed drastically and the industry has broken down itself down into specific industries and niches within them. To keep up with this gradual change, ERP systems have evolved and done the same. This has made ERP selection, a process that has always been tough, even harder for those in search of the ERP system that will best support their processes, This is especially true when is comes to discrete ERP vs. Process ERP system selection.

There are a number of important differences between process and discrete manufacturing that must be considering during the ERP selection processes; in this article, let’s focus on one of the most important differences between the two types of systems: the difference between bill of materials and formulas/recipes. Continue reading

4 Factors That Impact Manufacturing ERP Selection

ERP brings with it many benefits and promises; it can automate your business processes, help you make decisions faster, help you gain more control of your business, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for in your system though,  there are a few areas where you must pay close attention. Below are 4 factors that will make or break your manufacturing ERP selection. Continue reading

ERP Selection Process: Checking References

erp selectionIn past blog articles and white papers, we have focused on the entire ERP selection process from beginning to end; and that can get a little overwhelming. This blog is going to focus strictly on one activity in particular; checking ERP partner references. This is one of the last stages in the process and helps you whittle down your options and make your final ERP partner selection.
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