ERP Comparison

We have prepared an analysis of ERP systems on behalf of CAmagazine and issued surveys to all the ERP vendors we know, collated the results and wrote an accompanying article. We have extracted the 1st few paragraphs of the articles below and the remainder is available at CAmagazine by hyperlink from the headings. We have also provided the results of the survey in Excel format.

ERP Comparison 2014

Welcome to our annual vendor survey on enterprise resource planning software. Back in 1999, when we published the first survey in CAmagazine, ERP was another mysterious IT acronym. Now it seems that everyone knows about it — although you will still hear a lot of variation on what it really means. Fifteen years ago, we had only a few ERP systems in our survey. Today we have 93...

2014 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2013

“ERP systems have been evolving steadily since we first published this survey back in 1998. We have covered a lot of ground in that time, faithfully documenting all the new bells and whistles that emerged along the way. Now, most systems are jam packed with features. That is why we are taking a slightly different approach this year. We are focusing on two criteria that are critical in the selection of a new system but can be difficult to evaluate: ease of use and underlying technology...

2013 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2012

...This year we have added more functionality to the survey, including questions about ease of use, multiple companies, workflow, mobile applications, cloud readiness, browser support, dashboards, online analytical processing, back-order fulfillment, available to promise, multisite production, customer relationship management and ecommerce...

2012 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2011

We are now in our 13th year for CAmagazine’s annual enterprise resource planning software survey. That is a very long time in software years. But while other programs come and go, ERP just keeps getting bigger, sweeping up more and more functions. This year, we added budgeting and forecasting, asset management and document management. The survey includes 62 systems, up from 40 last year...

2011 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2010

Would you believe this is our 12th year for the annual CAmagazine ERP software survey? Over the years we have expanded our roundup to include more and more functionality. This time, we have done something entirely new. You can now complete an online survey about your requirements, then view the 10 best ERP systems for your needs based on percentage fit calculations. You can also drill down for more details on each system. The percentage fit calculation is based on your weighting of each requirement (user-defined fields, security, etc.) and each category (industry, technology or financial requirements)...

ERP Comparison 2009

As we present the 11th instalment of our annual CAmagazine software survey, it’s interesting to look back and see just how far we have evolved. When we ran our first survey, many people were unfamiliar with enterprise resource planning and vendors were just beginning to target their ERP products to middle-market companies. Now midsized companies are well served, as are their smaller and larger counterparts. New vendors continue to appear and new functionality continues to be released. We also expand each year on what we include in the survey. This time, for example, you will find a section on human resources. We have also included professional services automation vendors. PSA is really just ERP for professional services organizations.

The ERP products have been segregated into tiers based on customer revenue and employees and product cost. This is a convenient, albeit not perfect, means of differentiation. This year, we have reduced the number of tiers from five to three. We have found that many of the systems scaled beyond one tier and with our new approach, we don’t think there should be much overlap...

2009 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2008

Believe it or not, we’re now in our 10th year for our annual CAmagazine software vendor survey. As always, we have added new functionality and new systems. This year we have 54 systems, 17 more than last year.Last September, in an effort to simplify things, we merged all the enterprise surveys - business intelligence (BI) / corporate performance management (CPM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and professional services automation (PSA). But we found vendors and readers preferred a more focused approach. So this year, we combined ERP with just PSA (which is ERP for professional service-based organizations). Since many ERP vendors have extended their systems for this market, a combined survey makes sense. We will publish the results of the CRM survey in November and the BI/CPM in December.

The ERP products have been segregated into tiers based on customer revenue and employees and product cost. This is a convenient, albeit not perfect, means of differentiation. This year, we have reduced the number of tiers from five to three. We have found that many of the systems scaled beyond one tier and with our new approach, we don’t think there should be much overlap...

On the above vendor comparison chart, we slotted all the products into what we believe are the appropriate tiers based on cost and target market. Be cautious if you’re trying to calculate the costs for a system, as these numbers are just averages.

The charts include both large, well-known vendors and small ones that are most likely unfamiliar to you. Don’t rule out small vendors that might be able to respond more quickly to your needs and focus on just your industry. A small vendor does not have the same overhead as the major players and can succeed with only a few new clients a year. However, some of the larger vendors are also focusing on specific industries. For example, Microsoft has recruited business partners to extend the Microsoft Dynamics platform into specific industries.

This year, we heard about a number of ERP failures. For example, on March 27, 2008, ITBusiness.ca reported: "The trash disposal giant Waste Management is suing SAP over an ERP implementation it dubs ‘a complete failure.’ In its court complaint, Waste Management said senior SAP executives, including SAP Americas’ president and CEO Bill McDermott, participated in the ‘rigged and manipulated’ demos..."

2008 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2007

Our annual CAmagazine software survey is back and this year it’s bigger than ever. We combined all our surveys - accounting/ERP, customer relationship management, business intelligence/corporate performance management and professional services automation - into this issue.

Accounting/ERP systems automate what is called the back office, including financials, manufacturing and human resources. CRM automates the front office: contact management, sales force automation, etc. ERP and CRM systems both generate lots of data and that is where BI comes in. It turns the data into information useful for making decisions. CPM includes BI along with other tools found lacking in most ERP systems, such as consolidation, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning and scorecarding. PSA is the same as ERP but was designed specifically for professional service organizations that manage projects and track their time.

The big trend today is to merge ERP and CRM with BI/CPM. In March 2007, Oracle purchased Hyperion. In May, SAP followed suit with the acquisition of Outlooksoft. Many wonder whether Cognos (another leading BI/CPM vendor) will be purchased - and if so, when. By the time this article is published the answer may be clear. PSA is also being swallowed up by ERP, as vendors extend their footprint to professional service organizations...

2007 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format

ERP Comparison 2006

It’s hard to believe we are now in our eighth year for our annual accounting and ERP vendor survey. Interest continues to grow and most vendors want to be part of the survey. This year, we have new or updated responses for 50 systems as of June 2006. The systems cover the entire spectrum - from QuickBooks and Simply Accounting to mid-market systems from Sage and Microsoft to high-end products from SAP and Oracle.

There is still some confusion about the differences between an accounting system and an enterprise resource planning system. For me, an ERP system is one that automates business processes across most, if not all, departments within a company. Using that definition, even a system like QuickBooks or Simply Accounting can be considered an ERP system for a small company...

2006 ERP System Comparison Charts in Excel Format