ERP Vendor Match-Up
It’s never easy to find the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to propel your business forward. With so many vendors crowding the market, you’ll need to develop a strategy to make your ERP search manageable. One of your first steps in ERP selection is to narrow your search to vendors that serve your industry and your business size.
For small to mid-size manufacturers, two solutions stand out: Epicor® ERP and Infor SyteLine (or Infor CloudSuite Industrial). Epicor® has developed leading manufacturing and distribution software for over 45 years. Infor was founded in 2002 before undergoing exponential growth that continues to the present. Both vendors support several vertical markets, provide rich features, and support cloud and on-premises deployments, but they differ in some important areas.
Check out our comparison of Epicor® ERP and Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) to see which solution reigns supreme.
ERP systems must deliver diverse, innovative tools to give businesses a competitive edge. However, these features shouldn’t make the software too complex for users to navigate. Few ERP vendors can execute a solution that offers both advanced functions and an intuitive user experience.
Infor is one of those vendors. Several Infor SyteLine users have sounded off on the solution’s extensive training and steep learning curve. Infor responded to these difficulties by creating comprehensive courses that allow users to quickly understand how to use its advanced tools and build a fully customizable user interface to access user-specific data. Furthermore, Infor has a rich network of vendor support and professional services that are centrally located on its partner portal. This makes it convenient for customers to gain support for ERP projects or training.
Epicor® has made tremendous strides to improve its user interface. Epicor® 10.2 introduced the personalized home page, which makes it easy for users to drill into reports and find the data they need. This solution’s simplicity reduces training time and helps businesses speed up user adoption. Additionally, it includes a support network spread across different certified partners and platforms that can answer client’s software needs once they are found.
Epicor® and Infor are both at the top of their game in providing comprehensive functionality. With a wide array of modules, the software platforms are equipped to take care of a broad range of manufacturing processes such as accounting, inventory management, disruption management and quality control. But Infor shows its true strength with industry specific solutions.
Infor ERP offers in-depth solutions that span across 10 different industries with at least two solutions per industry. Plus, the systems have extensive add-ons to meet a business’s specific demands. That means businesses have complete system control over a vast array of integrations, resulting in greater reduction in complexity and upgrade challenges while significantly improving the power. Infor products and solutions help the following industries fully manage operations:
- Consumer Products
- Fashion & Retail
- Asset Management
- Sales & Service
- Supply Chain
Epicor® ERP value-added distribution offers a few modes of discrete manufacturing, such as mixed-mode manufacturing. The solution offers business-specific functionality and has the agility to align with your business needs. However, the software comes with out–of–the–box features and modules that allow integrations. With Epicor®, manufacturers and distributors can fully manage their operations.
Whenever you invest in enterprise software, you want to find the solution that gives you the most bang for your buck. Which ERP vendor provides top-of-the-line features without breaking the bank? Which one generates sizable ROI throughout its lifetime?
Infor’s list price is often higher than Epicor’s®. To give its users a more affordable solution, Epicor® offers a wider range of out-of-the-box features that promote simplicity and faster upgrades. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Infor generates its value by providing a depth of customization and advanced tools that promote powerful industry visibility. Infor has leading consultants centrally located across the globe through its partner resources portal, meaning you can team up with experts and utilize resources to continue improving your solution—no matter where your business is located. Infor adds value to your enterprise throughout its lifetime, making it the smarter investment for your wallet.
The Victor of this Bout
There’s a reason Infor serves as one of the most powerful and trusted ERP solutions. With comprehensive, user-friendly features, Infor produces substantial ROI and sets the stage for true business growth.
At Datix, our certified consultants make sure our clients get the most from their ERP solution through a business first approach. Our extensive experience grants us the unique ability to be a one-stop-shop for multiple system environments in businesses of all sizes. You can count on our consultants to execute your ERP project from start to finish. With a wide range of solutions and services under one roof, Datix has what it takes to transform your business with software.
Do you have questions on what ERP solution is right to elevate your business performance? Get in touch with an ERP expert at Datix today!