TEC 2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide

It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing business operating without the use of some kind of ERP software that facilitates the management of day-to-day production, and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many manufacturing companies have undergone ERP selection and implementation processes not just once but several times already in their existence.

As one of the largest segments of manufacturing companies, midsize manufacturers have the largest choice of available ERP software to choose from. Technology is also constantly evolving, bringing plenty of new features and capabilities every year. Yet, it is becoming increasingly difficult to break through not only the abundance of technologies, concepts, and marketing terms, but also the hype associated with business software.

This purpose of this buyer’s guide is to provide readers more clarity regarding the ERP market for medium-sized manufacturing companies, its specifics and overall trends, as well as provide an overview of the major players and their solutions, which is particularly useful for those organizations that are in the early stages of the software assessment or those companies looking to select software systems at some point in their near future.

The guide also includes a special report on cloud ERP solutions. Looking at the cloud argument, the sides of both cloud enthusiasts and those who aren’t yet convinced are explored, and more in-depth analysis and an unbiased overview of cloud, and on-premise ERP alternatives are given with consideration for the various manufacturing ERP deployment options.

Table of Contents

About this Guide


ERP for Midsize Manufacturers
Typical Business Considerations
Technology as a Challenge and Opportunity
State of Market: ERP for Midsize Manufacturers

Product Comparison

TEC Special Report
The Pros and Cons of Cloud-based Manufacturing ERP Software

TEC Selection Project

TEC Resources

Aptean Customer Success Story: Made2Manage ERP Software from Aptean Helps Press-Seal Gasket Navigate the Construction Industry Environment

Deacom Customer Success Story: Kelley Technical Coatings – Achieving Rapid Return on Investment

Epicor Customer Success Story: Chirch Global Looks to Cloud ERP to Support its Worldwide Operations

Epicor Customer Success Story: ARPAC

Epicor White Paper: Top 6 Technologies Small and Midsize Manufacturers Can’t Afford to Ignore

IFS Customer Success Story: Merrow Sewing Machine and Kenandy: Stitching Together Success Seamlessly

MICROSOFT Customer Success Story: Chobani Increases its Appetite for Business Growth with Microsoft Technologies

SAP & Navigator Customer Success Story: Kalmar RT Center: Moving Forward in a Rough Terrain Environment

NetSuite Customer Success Story: Asisa International Streamlines Chinese Manufacturing Operation with NetSuite OneWorld

Oracle Cloud Customer Success Stories: Oracle Cloud Applications – Empowering the Modern Business in the Cloud

Plex Customer Success Story: Plex Manufacturing Cloud Trims Global Auto Supplier’s IT Costs, Improves Quality and Productivity

ProcessPro Customer Success Story: Von Drehle Outpaces the Competition with SYSPRO Software

Vendor Directory

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ERP for Midsize Manufacturers

Midsize manufacturing organizations constitute a unique segment of companies. They occupy a particular niche in the business world – mature and large enough to exploit advanced management concepts and engineering technologies, yet small enough to stay close to customers and flexible enough to rapidly adjust products and business processes to changing environments.

This group of manufacturers is certainly in the sights of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendors as their next target market, after global multinational corporations.

However, the ERP selection process is a top concern for medium-sized manufacturers. With the enormous quantity and variety of marketing materials produced by ERP vendors in order to persuade organizations to make the “right” ERP choice, the end result is that the overall selection process for many manufacturers isn’t clear and often requires systematization and clarification.

It is not simply a question of which two of three ERP systems to put at the top of one’s short list, as the selection process is typically much more complicated. In particular, there are parallel challenges of developing one’s own ERP paradigm and whether to accept long-term strategies regarding cloud or traditional on premise-roadmaps, as well as many lower-priority issues.

With all of these factors to take into account, selecting an ERP solution for midsize manufacturing businesses becomes a question of choosing a way of business evolution for the years to come. The ERP decision is imperative for most companies, and with this buyer’s guide, TEC’s goal is to provide some guidance to manufacturers seeking to implement a new ERP solution or replace or upgrade an existing solution, and to draw a picture of the ERP market as a whole.

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