Who are some of the top manufacturing ERP vendors to keep an eye on in 2020? As 2019 comes to a close, the editors here at Solutions Review are focusing on what lies ahead. The marketplace for ERP platforms continues to mature every day and is 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 the widespread adoption of ERP software began more than a decade ago. However, disruptive newcomers and new customer trends are bringing new technologies to the table, so that organizations can take full advantage of data.
In that spirit, we’ve turned our gaze to the future of ERP software. Whether its inclusion in a recent analyst report, the release of an innovative new tool, or a bump in venture funding, these are the ERP software providers that have earned watch list status from Solutions Review for the year ahead.
Note: Companies are listed in alphabetical order.
The Leading Manufacturing ERP Vendors
Description: Founded in 1980, abas software 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.
Description: Founded in 2008, Acumatica provides cloud and browser-based business management software designed for small, mid-sized businesses and large enterprises. Acumatica delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business anytime, anywhere. Acumatica ERP provides the full suite of integrated business management applications, including Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, Project Accounting, Field Service, Commerce Edition, Construction Edition, and CRM. Acumatica provides its Studio feature, which empowers business process changes while enabling software customization instead of requiring businesses to change their business processes.
Description: Founded in 2012 after a merger between Consola Corporation and CDC Software, Aptean provides hyper-niche, industry-specific software solutions for medium and large enterprises. Built from the ground up for each of the industries they serve, Aptean ERP solutions are designed to align with unique business processes to get you up and running quickly. 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. Aptean’s ERP offerings include: Ross ERP, JustFood ERP, Apprise ERP, Made2Manage ERP, Encompix ERP, Intuitive ERP, EquipSoft ERP, Axis ERP, and Cimnet ERP all designed for specific industries and company sizes.
Description: Aquilon Software was founded in 2006 and is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting ERP systems. Aquilon’s ERP modules for manufacturing management are ideal for small and mid-sized growing manufacturers. The manufacturing modules seamlessly integrate end-to-end processes and departments from start to finish. From MRP to financial management and CRM, the manufacturing modules provide a complete solution to support you and can make your business more productive, competitive, and responsive to your customers’ needs.
Description: For over 25 years, BatchMaster Software has helped process manufacturers worldwide streamline their production and bring their products to market faster, while reducing costs and complying with customer, industry-specific, and federal regulatory requirements. 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.
Description: Cetec ERP is a cloud-based ERP software platform for small and midsized manufacturing companies. 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. The company is comprised of a team of seasoned accounting, operations, and manufacturing veterans based in Austin, TX.
Description: DELMIAworks, formerly known as IQMS, provides manufacturers the best choice for reliable, real-time ERP software solutions 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. Their product library consists of Manufacturing ERP, Manufacturing Software, Mobile ERP, Small Business ERP, Private Equity ERP, MES software (and for Enterprise), Quality Management, and more. Structured on accountability, the IQMS system combines manufacturing software, MES software, and ERP software to improve every aspect of your business.
Description: Established in 1972, Epicor Software Corporation provides industry-specific business software designed around the needs of manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations. Epicor ERP solutions help manufacturers harness data and automation to stay productive and profitable. With capabilities spanning from CRM, Content Management, Project Management, HCM, BI, and Analytics, to eCommerce and Sales and Financials, Epicor ERP gives you room to scale and evolve with a system that helps you keep pace with technology in the age of Industry 4.0.
Description: Genius ERP is the end-to-end manufacturing ERP software solution for planning, executing, measuring, and improving high-variable production for SMEs handling make-to-order, engineer-to-order, custom-to-order, and assemble-to-order manufacturing. Automate time-consuming steps, quote for more jobs, estimate with greater accuracy, reduce bottlenecks on the shop floor, and more. Genius ERP is the complete software toolkit for custom manufacturers looking to take control of every aspect of their operations, all from a centralized system that’s easy to use, and quick to implement.
Description: Family-owned and family-run for 44 years, Global Shop Solutions offers a one-system ERP software to serve clients across manufacturing industries of all sizes. The multi-modular application comprises independent modules for customer relationship management, inventory management, accounting, scheduling, job costing, agile project management, designing, and more. Businesses can either subscribe to specific modules as per their requirements or subscribe to a full-fledged ERP suite. ERP software from Global Shop Solutions also provides robust business intelligence capabilities for monitoring the health of the manufacturing system; analyzing business data in real-time and making valuable decisions.
Description: KeyedIn is an agile cloud-based software company delivering powerful results in critical areas like project management and custom manufacturing to specialized vertical markets offered to support the needs of both small-to-medium size businesses and large multinational corporations. KeyedIn Manufacturing is a cloud-based ERP solution specifically designed for custom, make-to-order, and mixed-mode manufacturers. With KeyedIn Manufacturing, users have complete visibility over the manufacturing process including CRM, estimating, purchasing, production, shop floor, shipping, financial and more.
Description: Macola Software, an ECi Software Solutions company, is a provider of business solutions for small to medium-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. Macola empowers today’s modern enterprises to plan, manage, analyze and control their businesses by providing innovative software applications, industry-experienced solutions consultants, best-of-breed technology plug-ins, and outstanding client support. Macola 10 is the next evolution of Macola and is a huge leap forward toward a more natural ERP experience that increases the speed, accuracy, and reliability of operating your business. The core capabilities of Macola 10 are powerful standalone, but the real value is in connecting those core business functions through automation, workflow, and document management.
Description: Officially founded in 2007, MIE Solutions is a provider of production control software for the entire manufacturing sector. Incorporating estimating, RFQ’s, work orders, purchasing, MRP, stock control, costing, scheduling, reporting, optional shop floor data capture, delivery notes, and invoices with many links to external accounting packages. MIE Trak Pro is a popular solution for sheet metal fabricators, precision engineers, and manufacturers. MIE Trak Pro can be adapted to incorporate any manufacturing processes if required. The company also offers services including training on-site and online, full product support, as well as custom development work, and managed services on the cloud-based platform.
Description: Founded in 2000, MRPeasy is committed to helping small manufacturers grow and compete through access to sophisticated material requirements planning capabilities previously only available to big companies. In 2010 MRPeasy realized that cloud technology had advanced to a point where mission-critical software systems could be delivered via the Internet. Today, the company provides cloud-based manufacturing ERP software that helps you to implement the best-in-the-class manufacturing process and allows you to focus on growing the business.
Description: Oracle NetSuite offers cloud-based ERP solutions for small, medium-sized, and large enterprises. From advanced financials to supply chain management to billing and beyond, Oracle NetSuite ERP solutions give companies the tools they need to accelerate growth and drive innovation, in industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Higher Ed, Manufacturing and Retail, and more – allowing customers in any industry to manage their front and back-office functions, plus web operations, all from a single and reliable source.
Description: OptiProERP is a 21st century ERP solution for small and midsize discrete manufacturers and distributors. OptiProERP’s solution and innovation is 100% focused on the needs of discrete manufacturers and distributors with rich functionality that includes: primary and alternate BOMs and routing, MRP, MPS, Shop Floor Execution, Scheduling Workbench, Inventory, and Warehouse Management and QA, with a full set of features in financials, sales, CRM, and built-in mobile and digital capabilities. Available as a cloud or on-premise solution, OptiProERP is right-sized for small and midsized manufacturers and distributors: easy to use, efficient to implement, and affordable to own.
Description: Starting with automotive metal forming in 2001, Plex Systems rapidly expanded to support a wide range of discrete manufacturing operations across many industries. Later on, Plex added process manufacturing capabilities, targeted specifically at food and beverage producers. Today, The Plex Manufacturing cloud-ERP solution is designed for manufacturers to meet marketplace challenges and manage a successful business. The ERP platform operationalizes procedures and creates a modern platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Plex offers the only ERP solution built from the ground up in the cloud and focused exclusively on manufacturing.
Description: Founded in 1985, ProcessPro has grown to be a leading mid-market ERP software solution for the process manufacturing industry. Designed specifically for manufacturers that combine batches of mixtures, ProcessPro’s ERP solution seamlessly integrates all aspects of plant operation, from beginning order entry through inventory, manufacturing, packaging, shipping and accounting. ProcessPro has been serving the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, chemical and cannabis industries for over 30 years. In 2016, ProcessPro joined Open Systems, Inc., a leading provider of business software. The merger positioned ProcessPro to access new markets by expanding its geographical presence.
Description: For over thirty years, ProfitKey has helped manufacturers and job shops of all sizes and industries leverage technology to solve their most complex business challenges. Manufacturing (formerly known as Rapid Response Manufacturing or RRM) is the company’s leading business solution for small to mid-sized manufacturers. It integrates all of your business operations allowing you to improve productivity and enhance profitability. A powerful technology solution with deep manufacturing functionality, ProfitKey Manufacturing is specifically designed to address the unique demands of manufacturers to increase operational efficiency, improve inventory management processes and boost customer
Description: Founded in 1979 as a small startup solution to address a large gap in complete, integrated business software for manufacturing companies, QAD provides ERP software for manufacturers. QAD Manufacturing ERP adapts to any style of manufacturing and to the needs of all your geographic locations. Quality metrics, central model management, and automated data collection ensure accurate, complete product, material, and inventory information. QAD’s Manufacturing ERP software has intuitive planning tools that can synchronize production to changing demand, while built-in quality management helps you keep a sharp focus on excellence. QAD Manufacturing ERP software includes features like Product Genealogy, Scheduling Workbench, Enterprise Asset Management, and more.
Description: Realtrac Performance ERP is a software company specializing in manufacturing software for machine shops, job shops, and make-to-order manufacturers. Realtrac’s ERP software is easy to learn and boasts the lowest total cost of use software on the market. From Estimating to Quality Conformance to Accounting Integration, Realtrac is a completely integrated shop system that is quick with real profits. Realtrac gives an analysis of a business’s current and past status allowing them to make educated decisions for a maximum return on investment.
Description: Founded in 1972, SAP is a leading provider of enterprise application software. Today, 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 the S/4HANA platform, it offers applications covering customer relationship management, financials, human capital management, product lifecycle management, and more. SAP also offers Cloud ERP, ERP for Small and Midsize Enterprises, and Finance to support core ERP finance as well as advanced FP&A, compliance, cash management, and more – on-premise and in the cloud.
Description: Founded in 1984, Shoptech Software provides ERP software for small to medium-sized manufacturing companies. The E2 Shop System and the E2 Manufacturing System act as comprehensive ERP packages available on the market. The E2 Shop System is designed for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers, while E2 Manufacturing is designed for the highly repetitive manufacturer. The E2 Shop System is available in an on-premise model or a SaaS model, which is hosted on the cloud, instead of in the shop. Shoptech takes the responsibility of hosting your data very seriously. The company is part of the ECi Software Solutions family.
Description: Founded in Queensland, Australia in 1994, 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. TrueERP software integrates all of your business systems into one easy-to-use solution. It also comes complete with every module and function included, so you only need to enter data once and the entire suite knows about it.
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