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ERP Showdown: Deltek Costpoint vs. Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. Oracle E-Business Suite

Written By: Dylan Persaud
Published On: March 9 2007

Welcome to ERP Showdown:
Deltek Costpoint vs. Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. Oracle E-Business Suite

I'm Dylan Persaud, Senior Research Analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers. I'd like to welcome you to the first in a series of enterprise software Showdowns. Today's Showdown compares popular mid-market discrete ERP solutions Deltek Costpoint, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Oracle E-Business Suite head-to-head. We hope you find these Showdowns helpful and informative, and invite your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.
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Introduction
More and more discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are entering the marketplace these days. So we thought we'd shed some light on three of the most popular solutions for medium-sized businesses in the $25 million - $250 million (USD) range. Using TEC's ERP Evaluation Center, we compared Deltek Costpoint, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Oracle E-Business Suite head-to-head, based on the most recent data supplied to us by the three vendors.
We looked at eight standard ERP modules. To eliminate any chance of bias, and to ensure a level playing field, all 3,600 criteria that make up the modules and submodules in our ERP Evaluation Center were given equal weight and priority. In other words, no area of functionality was treated as being more important than any other.

The chart below shows the overall rankings.

Results

As you can see above, straight out of the box', Oracle E-Business Suite ranked first overall, with Deltek Costpoint coming in second, and Microsoft Dynamics AX placing third.(Overall scores were based on the average level of support the vendor offers across the entire ERP spectrum.)

As the chart below shows, Oracle finished first in six of the eight modules, with Deltek and Microsoft finishing first in one module each.

However, as with most aspects of enterprise software, it's not that simple or clear-cut.

Rankings, either overall or by module, do not tell you everything you need to know. What they do provide is a basic, high-level view of vendors' general strengths and weaknesses right out of the box'. However, the fact is, few businesses, if any, can use an ERP solution right out of the box'. Businesses have special needs and priorities that need to be supported by any ERP solution they use.

For example, if your business requires an especially robust HR functionality, even though Oracle E-business finished first overall, Microsoft Dynamics AX ranked first in the HR area, and may therefore be a better choice for your organization than Oracle.

The same applies within individual modules, where the top ranking vendor may not necessarily be the right one for your organization's needs. Although Deltek was first overall in Purchasing Management, Microsoft was stronger in pricing, as shown in the chart below. If pricing is a critical area in your organization's business model, Microsoft may be a better choice than Deltek (the Purchasing Management winner), or even Oracle (the overall winner)

Conclusion

Given that out of the box' rankings rarely, if ever, reflect the real world needs of an organization, and that the rankings can shift depending on what area(s) of functionality you look at, how then do you determine which ERP solution is best suited for your business?

The fastest, simplest way is to do what we did to produce the results you see here: use TEC's ERP Evaluation Center. (We got our results in 20 minutes, versus weeks or even months of struggling with huge Excel spreadsheets.)

TEC's ERP evaluation center allows you to set priorities that reflect your organization's business model and special needs at every level of functionality. At the modular and sub-modular levels, even down to the individual criteria, you can tell the system which business processes are critical, important, or not important to your organization. The system then compares your priorities against the vendor responses to produce a shortlist of solutions. You get a custom comparison, one that ranks vendor solutions not on out of the box' functionality, but rather on how well that functionality matches the business requirements of your organization.

It's the best way we know of to evaluate ERP solutions, and we invite you to give it a run through. Simply click on the link below to visit our ERP Evaluation Center to conduct your fast, free custom ERP comparison. After all, there's no other organization quite like yours.

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