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Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 ERP: What’s the Difference, Anyway?
In the software industry, at least in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) segment, there is an implicit understanding of what is meant by tier 1, 2, and 3

tier 1 vendors  very short list of tier 1 ERP vendors is always easy enough to identify. Or is it? Indeed, the most straightforward and useful way to distinguish different software vendor tiers is by the type of company they serve: Tier 1 vendors serve large global businesses. Tier 2 vendors serve mainly mid-market businesses. Tier 3 vendors serve smaller-than-medium businesses. Although some folks have alluded to the presence of a tier 4 software vendor, I don’t think this applies to the ERP space. How to Distinguish

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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