The Best Manufacturing ERP Platforms of 2018

The Best Manufacturing ERP Platforms of 2018

The marketplace for Manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms is maturing on a daily basis, getting more and more crowded with excellent software tools for a variety of use cases, verticals, deployment methods and budgets. Traditional ERP providers continue to offer Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities that have remained staples to the market since widespread adoption of ERP software began more than a decade ago. Disruptive newcomers and new customer trends are bringing new technologies to the table, however, so that organizations can take full advantage of data.

There are large providers we refer to as ‘mega-vendors’, like Infor, Oracle, SAP and Microsoft. There are also the lesser-known innovators with interesting products that play in niche areas, such as IQMS, Workday, Workwise Software and Acumatica. In an attempt to assist you with what can become a daunting task of selecting the right product, these are the best manufacturing ERP platforms for 2018.

If you find this helpful, be sure to check out our Manufacturing ERP Buyer’s Guide, which features key capabilities to look for before purchasing, steps to take before implementing the ERP tool, a comprehensive overview of the market, and full, one page profiles of the top manufacturing ERP vendors, including our “Bottom Line” analysis.

Abas provides ERP software built on open standards that enable manufacturers to unlock the power of their business-critical content. Abas ERP is a complete solution that provides multiple integrated functions and a wide range of valuable solutions from APS to project management. Abas considers complex manufacturing to be their “sweet spot”, building the product around make- to-order (MTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


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Acumatica provides feature-rich cloud manufacturing ERP software. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition, formerly known as JAMS, integrates seamlessly with Acumatica’s Distribution Management, Customer Management, Financial Management, and Project Accounting suites. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides real-time coordination of your business activities from one central location.

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Aptean builds and acquires solutions to support the evolving operational needs of businesses, helping nearly 5,000 organizations. Aptean’s ERP solutions include Cimnet ERP, Encomprix ERP, Ross ERP, and more, each designed to fit individual needs for manufacturing companies in a wide range of industries including ETO, MTO, ATO and more. Aptean’s ERP solutions are fully integrated with all your systems, bringing value to every functional area from finance and customer service to inventory control and process management.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


BatchMaster ERP is an affordable, easy-to-use, complete ERP solution specifically designed for the process industries, including food, beverage, chemicals, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. BatchMaster Manufacturing is an industry specific application that runs with QuickBooks, Sage 100 & 300, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and SAP Business One financials. The company’s ERP solution is an end to end, platform for process manufacturers who require financials, sales, purchasing, supply chain, and customer service, in addition to process manufacturing.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Cetec provides an all-in-one ERP solution with everything from sales and quoting to inventory management, document management, shop floor control, quality management and financial accounting. Cetec ERP’s powerful design and modern delivery make it unique among its peers, providing your business with a platform to increase both capacity and efficiency. Start for free on a leading-edge system, stay continually updated, secure a path forward. All modules, support, maintenance, upgrades included in monthly subscription.

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Innovative ERP solutions from Epicor pave the way for today’s manufacturers of all industries to streamline business processes and break down barriers to growth, while remaining agile for rapid response to customer demands and evolving markets. Boost efficiency with real-time, actionable visibility into plant and business operations and more. Innovative ERP software from Epicor Software pave the way for today’s Manufacturers to streamline business processes and break down barriers to growth, while remaining agile for rapid response to customer demands and evolving markets.

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Exact for Manufacturing is the company’s ERP solution that allows companies to modernize themselves by integrating manufacturing and accounting with order management, inventory management, relationship management and more, all in one single platform. Exact Globe and Exact Synergy are the basis of Exact for Manufacturing and provide you with tools to control and save costs thanks to transparent reports and automatic notifications. What’s more, with ERP for manufacturing you take the first step towards the ‘smart’ factory of the future.

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IFS Applications is a different kind of ERP. It is not complex and rigid like some other ERP suites. Rather, it is designed to rapidly adjust to changes in technology and business, maximizing enterprise agility. It has native functionality for enterprise project management (EPM), enterprise asset management (EAM) and service management. Built for manufacturers of all industries, such as aerospace & defence, automotive, engineering and construction, oil & gas, process manufacturing and more, IFS Applications helps more and more manufacturers operate in any combination of: MTS, MTO, CTO, ETO and more.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Get visibility across your global supply chain and system-wide transparency for all key stakeholders with Infor’s manufacturing ERP solutions—purpose built, comprehensive, designed to support multiple manufacturing strategies (ETO, MTO, CTO), and trusted by over 25,000 manufacturers worldwide. Infor provides vertical solutions with specialized functionality built in so you won’t have to make modifications. Infor CloudSuite Industrial Manufacturing is a complete suite that includes a core ERP system combined with high-value extension applications, all delivered in the cloud.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


IQMS provides manufacturers the best choice for reliable, real-time ERP software developed especially for manufacturing processes. Whether you are a small, single plant manufacturer or a large multi-plant, global manufacturer, EnterpriseIQ ERP is the solution to fit your needs. Structured on accountability, the IQMS system combines manufacturing software, MES software and ERP software to improve every aspect of your business.

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LillyWorks Manufacturing ERP is a very affordable cloud-based, SaaS offering that helps manufacturing companies manage all aspects of their manufacturing operations from ‘Quote to Cash’. LillyWorks’ Protected Flow Manufacturing is a unique way to “Schedule” the shop floor so that you can deliver to your customer on-time, in less time. Only Protected Flow Manufacturing lets you make commitments with confidence, because it automatically adjusts your plan to make sure you meet all your deadlines on all your jobs.

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Oracle delivers manufacturing management software that helps your business thrive—no matter what your size, industry, or geography. Oracle’s manufacturing ERP software enables you to drive operational excellence and deliver quality products on time and on budget. Streamline your entire production cycle, from R&D to cost and shop floor execution. Collaborate effectively with approved suppliers and contract manufacturers. Discover new ways to improve productivity with actionable, real-time shop floor information – all from Oracle ERP.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Plex automates the plant floor and informs the top floor. The company’s manufacturing cloud ERP software is designed from the ground up connecting suppliers, machines, materials, people, systems, and customers. Focusing on the unique requirements of discrete and process manufacturing, the Plex Manufacturing Cloud delivers production control, inventory management, supply chain management, and more so you can be more competitive, efficient, and responsive to your customers’ needs.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Priority Software provides a complete, stable and flexible ERP solution that enables manufacturers to streamline operations and drive profit. Priority provides commercial and manufacturing solutions for businesses across a broad spectrum of industries. Their ERP platform is a scalable, multi-language, multi-currency and multi-company solution with a quick deployment process. Uniquely designed to serve small and midsize businesses (SMBs), Priority’s manufacturing module effectively supports the entire supply chain that goes beyond the production line and simple procurement software.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


ProcessPro offers a robust ERP system with full manufacturing, inventory and financial integration – a complete system from beginning sales order entry through the manufacturing and accounting process. The software solves the critical needs of batch processing, including forward and backward lot traceability and the management of complex formulas and recipes. The fully integrated quality control functions eliminate the need to re-enter data, and the centralized database provides immediate and accurate visibility of sales, manufacturing and inventory across your business.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


QAD Manufacturing ERP helps global manufacturers run simultaneous, multi-mode manufacturing and provides full shop floor control of orders across the manufacturing process. Intuitive planning tools from QAD synchronize production to changing demand, while built-in quality management helps you keep a sharp focus on excellence. What’s more, QAD adapts to any style of manufacturing and to the needs of all your geographic locations.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Ramco ERP on Cloud is a highly scalable and flexible solution that features powerful and comprehensive tools and metrics to help you manage your manufacturing business end-to-end. The integrated offering supports an entire range of industry processes and operations including procurement, manufacturing, inventory management, supply chain planning, sales & marketing, asset maintenance, finance, human capital management & payroll, and business analytics.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


As Rootstock was designed and architected by manufacturing and software experts, Rootstock Cloud ERP allows organizations to take a more customer-centric and project-oriented view of operations across a robust suite of modules, including Order Management, Manufacturing, Operations, Supply Chain and Financial Management. When combined with Salesforce CRM, companies gain complete visibility to their organization and customers. The company offers the On Demand ERP solution for all sizes and types, whether they are small organizations with ten users or large operations with several sites and hundreds of users.
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Sage provides ERP software directed to small and medium-sized companies; helping them to make smarter business decisions. Sage’s manufacturing ERP solutions consist of Sage 100cloud, Sage 300cloud and Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management. These solutions will help you control business operations, ensure consistent quality, and take advantage of new commercial opportunities.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


SAP provides businesses with its SAP S/4HANA next generation ERP software which provides strong functionality across a number of industries including manufacturing, services, retail, wholesale distribution, and more. Within S/4HANA, it offers applications covering customer relationship management, financials, human capital management, and product lifecycle management. SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence is another offering from SAP that connects your equipment, people, and operations digitally to your extended supply chain by leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


SAP Business ByDesign is a cloud based, complete business suite-in-a-box ERP solution, designed specifically for mid-sized companies. This solution unifies every function across the company; HR, Financials, CRM, Supply Chain, Production, Project Management, Inventory and in-depth Analytics, in one seamless suite. Available from SAP Gold Channel Partner and one of the top SAP partners in the world, Navigator Business Solutions, SAP Business One streamlines key processes, giving you greater insight into your business.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


VISUAL ERP implemented by Synergy Resources provides manufacturing companies with a complete end-to-end business system focused on helping improve manufacturing operational performance. VISUAL is quick to implement, easy-to-use, yet flexible enough to fit most manufacturing companies of almost any type from Engineer to Order, Configure/Assemble to Order, Make-to-Order, and Make-to-Stock.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


TrueERP was designed to meet the needs and demands of manufacturing companies across a vast amount of industries, from agriculture and retail to automotive, engineering, food and beverage. Whether your manufacturing process is a simple assembly of components or requires the scheduling and monitoring of multiple processes and resources, TrueERP can help.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


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Workwise is a developer of ERP and CRM solutions along with implementation and support services. WorkWise ERP software is specifically designed for today’s make-to-order, engineer to order, configure to order, build to stock and mixed mode manufacturers. Their ERP solutions are cost effective, easy to use, and allow for full customization. Designed for today’s manufacturing industry, Workwise ERP software is built to meet the unique complexities and challenges manufacturers face. From shop floor to delivery, WorkWise ERP gives you a complete view of every aspect of your business.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Looking for more? Download our ERP buyers guide for free and compare the top-24 products available on the market with full page vendor profiles. The guide includes four key capabilities to look for in an ERP solution, plus five questions to ask yourself and five questions to ask the software provider before purchasing. It’s the perfect resource for anyone looking to find right ERP for their business/organization.

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Liz is a leading enterprise technology writer covering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Process Management (BPM) and Talent Management Suites (TMS) at Solutions Review. She writes to bridge the gap between consumer and technical expert to help readers understand what they're looking for. Liz attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Communications. You can reach her at equirk@solutionsreview.com
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