16th Vendor Shootout for ERP in Miami

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erp_shootout_miami_2012.jpgTechnology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is proud to announce the 16th Vendor Shootout for ERP. This year the Shootout will take place in beautiful Miami, Florida. The event will be held from February 20–21, 2013. For more information and to register for the event, visit the Vendor Shootout Web site.

TEC once again be moderating the event where top enterprise software vendors will present their solutions to attendees. This unique event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you and your team to see solutions from eight of the market leaders all in one place. The Vendor Shootout for ERP is a great opportunity for companies looking for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to evaluate some of the important players.

The eight solutions being demonstrated at the 16th Vendor Shootout are listed below. The participating vendors belong to what are commonly classified as tiers one, two, and three of the ERP market.

  • abas ERP

  • Epicor ERP

  • Infor ERP SyteLine

  • IQMS EnterpriseIQ

  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

  • Plex Online 2010

  • Sage ERP X3

  • SAP Business ByDesign

All of these products are available for online software comparison using our TEC Advisor system. (Learn more about TEC Advisor.) Note that vendors may be certified or listed in more than one of TEC’s evaluation centers, but we’ll take a quick look at how the products score under TEC’s Discrete Manufacturing ERP functional model. The data used for this scoring has been obtained from vendor responses to TEC’s research questionnaire.

High-level Comparison of Some Core Functionality for Discrete ERP

I looked at three sets of functionality within each of the manufacturing management and inventory management modules. These graphs should help you determine which products and which areas of functionality you’d like to see demonstrated in depth during the Vendor Shootout.

We treated all modules as being equally important when generating the graphs (i.e., no module was  considered more important than any other, although certainly when you compare software you will want to take your business priorities into consideration).

Manufacturing Management

Manufacturing management functionality is essential for discrete manufacturers, so most products in this software space support this functionality; the average level of support is relatively high, with the average solution scoring 81 points.

What stands out immediately from the graph below is that the SAP Business ByDesign solution scores lower than the average solution in the areas of product data management and product/item configuration (see figure 1). This is due to the fact that Business ByDesign focuses on services industries and not discrete manufacturers.

Figure 1. Product variance from the average solution for three areas of manufacturing management

Inventory Management

Inventory management for raw materials and finished products is also important for discrete manufacturers, and all the ERP products compared in this post offer a very high level of support for this functionality. All products score 87 points or more for the set of functionality covering inventory management.

In the graph below, we can see that there is very little functional differentiation between the products in the reporting and interfacing, and adjusting inventory areas (see figure 2). However, we do see more differentiation in the products’ support for forecasting functionality.

Figure 2. Product variance from the average solution for three areas of inventory management


This post compares the solutions from a functional perspective only. During the Vendor Shootout, you have the opportunity to see scripted demos that cover both objective and subjective (e.g., user interfaces, usability, etc.) criteria, to determine exactly which solutions are most likely to be a fit for your particular business needs. The Vendor Shootout is a rare opportunity to see all of these vendors in one place and view their solutions head to head.
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