Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Comparison, Independent Reviews.

A comprehensive independent review of the top Discrete Manufacturing ERP software vendors. Below is a side-by-side comparison with an easy to navigate matrix comparing general data (e.g. price, financing options etc), materials management, sales order management, financial, production, supply chain, and customer management and any additional capabilities each vendor might provide. Click on the links to dive deeper into each vendor's software, or request a Free Demo to get more hands on experience.

  General Data
  Product NameMicrosoft Dynamics NAVSYSPROPlex Manufacturing CloudE2 Shop SystemEpicor ERPSage ERP X3SAP Business OneGlobal Shop Solutionsabas ERPEnterpriseIQIFS Applications 8.0ECi M1Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) NetSuite ERPMAX ERPEpicor ExpressCetec ERPExpandable ERP Infor LN
  Version20167.0Always Current7.210.0072015.320152015. Current5.5.2Always currentAlways Current9.3.0Infor ERP Feature Pack 6
  Price Range$8K-$250K$40K-500K onsite$5K + per month-$5K-200K$4K -500K$2600/ user-$25K -$250K$5K-500K$75K and up-$50K- $2M$300K-2M$10K-250K$25K-500K$10K-100K$5K -35K$400-$5K/Mo.$40/User/Month-$20K-200K or$250/User/Mo $25K-$1M
  Financing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, FinancingLease, Owner FinancingSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownOwner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, FinancingLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionLease, FinancingSubscriptionSubscriptionSubscription, LicensedLease, Owner Financing, Financing
  User Range5-7504-100020-1000+1-3001-2000+20-1000+25-10003-100010-2505-Unlimited40-50001-5005-100010+unlimited5-150+1-505-Unlimited1-Unlimited20-2,500
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi National40+ CountriesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYesYesYesyesYesAU, NZ,US,CA,UK.YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Architecture.NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSaaS Multitenant SOAClient/ServerSOA SOASOASOA / Multi-tierSOA, .NETSOASOA, .NETSOASAAS, Multitenant.NETSaaS Multitenant SOASaas, MultitenantWindows ClientServeSOA
  Database PlatformMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MS SQL Express, MS Access, Microsoft AzureMS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsCloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, MS SQL ExpressMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`MS SQL Server, ODBC Compliantabas Open Object Oriented DatabaseMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, IBM DB2, OtherMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Proprietary`, Customized per Client, Pervasive, Power, Sage ProvideX, Sybase, Cloud-Based (Saas), PostgreSQL, MS SQL Express, abas Open Object Oriented Database, MS Access, IBM UniData/UniVerse, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base Platforms, Quickbooks, Salesforce, Multi-Tenant SAAS on the SalesForce CloudMS SQL Server, QuickbooksMS SQL Server, Progress, Customized per Client, Cloud-Based (Saas), MS SQL Express, MS Access, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base Platforms, Quickbooks, SalesforceCloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, Postgres Enterprise Server
  Server OSMac OS, Windows, Compatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsWindowsMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsMac OS, Linux, Windows, UnixCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsLinux, Windows, Unix
  Materials Management
       Inventory Management    Inventory Summary    Data Collection    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Management    Bar Coding    Material Valuation    Inventory Control    Complex MRO    Advanced Inventory Mgmt    Material Management Summary    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Inventory Control    Material Management    Barcoding & Labeling    Consignment Inventory     Procurement  
       Lot Traceability    Inventory Tracking    Bar Coding    Bar Coding            Bill of Materials    Materials Management (MRP)    Vendor Managed Inventory    Costing    Inventory Management    Plant Maintenance    Advanced Shipping    Lot and Serial Tracking        Bill Of Materials    Inventory Accuracy       
           Bill of Materials    Bill Of Materials    Handheld            Data Collection        Wireless Warehouse Management System    Demand Forecasting    M1 Calculators        Bin Management    Master Scheduling        Dimensional Inventory Control    Inventory Control      
           Bar Coding    Handheld / Pocketview    Material Handler Interface            Inventory Control            Inventory Replenishment            Order Promising    Material Requirement Planning        Inventory Management    Inventory RESTful API       
           Job Tracking System    Inventory Control    Material Movement            Inventory Management            Project Budgeting            Real-Time Sustem    Repetitive Manufacturing        Lot & Serial Traceability    Lot Tracking      
           Material Requirements Planning    Inventory Management    Prioritize Orders            Materials Purchasing            Project Reporting            Return Materials Authorization            Mobile Warehousing    Materials Management      
               Lot and Serial Control    Sales Order Allocation            Materials Solutions            Scheduling and Resourcing                        MRP & Inventory Forecast    Serial & Lot Production Control RESTful APIs      
               Material Management                 Physical Inventory                                    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning    Serial Number Tracking       
                               Wireless System                                              
  Sales Order Management
   Service Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Commission Tracking    Order Entry    Order Management    Purchasing Management    Sales & Promotions    Complete Order Management    Sales    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Collaborative Solutions    Advanced Bill of Materials    Advanced Forcasting    Automated Order Processing    Advanced Forecast    Estimating & Quoting    Automatic Order Processing    Configuration Control     Sales Overview  
       Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Competitor Intelligence Database    Quoting / Estimating    Sales Mgmt. Overview    RF Warehousing        Demand Management        Quoting and Estimating    Component Repair    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.    Estimating / Quoting    Automated Payments    Quoting and Estimating    Order Management    Configurable Manufacturing Modes    Electronic Data Transmission      
       Point Of Sale    Customer Orders    Vender Returns    Demand Management    Sales Monitoring        Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)        Sales Orders    Coordinate Projects    Lead Management    Request for Quote    One Click Purchase Orders    Sales Order and Processing        EDI / Ecommerce    Pack-Out Ship       
       Report Writer    E D I        Electronic Data Interchange            Invoice Order History            Customer Orders     Project Mgmt        Order Management            Field Service & Projects    Quick Sales Order Entry       
       Return Mgmt    Order Entry & Tracking        Estimate / Quote Mgmt.            Order Enrty            Field Service            Procure-to-Pay Purchasing            Manufacturing Quoting    Return Material Authorization      
       Sales Analysis    Quote Tracking        Storefront            Quoting & Estimating            Sales            Real Time Order Status            Packing, Shipping, & RMAs    Sales Order Credit Card Validation      
       Sales Orders    Sales Order                    Return Merchandise Authorization            Sales Quotes            Self-Service Vendor Center            Sales Reporting & Analysis    Sales Order Management       
                               Sales & Service Management                        Shipping Integration            Workflow & Routing    Shipping RESTful API       
                               Shipping Logistics                        Streamlined Receiving                Volume Pricing      
  Financial Management
   Business Intelligence    Budget Management    accounting Overview    Accounts Payable    General Ledger    Business Intelligence    Financial Reporting    Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    Financial Overview    Accounts Payable & Receivable    General Ledger    Financial Management    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Fixed Asset Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable     Accounting RESTful APIs     Enterprise Asset Management  
   Financial Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Payable    Data Collection    Accounting Overview    Accounts Receivable    Financial Accounting    General Ledger    Budget Management    Accounts Payable        Financial Summary    General Ledger    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Payable     Financial Overview  
       Accounts Receivable    Costing    Budgeting / Cashflow    Accounts Receivable    Financial Overview    Banking & Reconciliation    Business Intelligence    Fixed Asset Accounting    Finanacial Reporting    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable        Advanced Billing    Lean Tools / Lean Vouchering    General Ledger    Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import    Accounts Receivable       
       Activity Based Costing    Expense Project Tracking    Executive Overview    Multi-Cureancy / Company        Cost Accounting    Cash Flow        Accounts Payable    Consolidate Accounts    Multi-Currency        Amortization Schedules    Multi-Currency    Multi-Currency    Configurable Costing Methods    Bank Reconciliation       
       Tax Management    Inventory Valuation    General Ledger    Financial Mgmt Overview            Financial Management        Accounts Receivable    Financial Summary    Payroll        Multi-currency Transactions    Multiple Cost Sets    Payroll    Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)    Business Intelligence & Analytics      
       Assests Register    Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Payroll    Tax Connect            Fixed Assets        Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Fixed Assets            Project Accounting    Payables Management        General Accounting     Financial Reporting      
       Payroll        QuickBooks    Cash / Asset Mgmt            General Ledger            General Ledger            Revenue Recognition    Receivables Management        General Ledger    Foreign Currency       
       Analytics            Global Engines            International Accounting            Sales Contract Mgmt.                Human Resources        Project Accounting    General Ledger       
                               Multi-Currency Management                                    Tax Management    Multiple Company       
                               Payroll Management                                              
  Production Management
   Project Management    Bill of Materials    Barcode Labeling    Advanced Scheduling    Production Mgmt Overview    Discrete Manufacturing        Advanced Production Scheduling    Costing    Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Asset Design    Job Management    Engineering    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Lean Tools / Consolidated Planning    Bill of Materials     Bill Of Materials    Integration For Finite Capacity    Planning  
       Engineering Change Control    Capacity Planning    Job Management    Advanced Production    Process Manufacturing        Engineer-to-Order    Production Planning & Control    Engineering Change Order    Batch Process    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry    Planning & Scheduling    Aseembly Management    Engineering Change Order    Document Management    Configurable Manufacturing     Job Scheduling & Costing     Product Lifecycle Management  
       Factory Documentation    Complex Assembly    Order Costing     Advanced Quality Mgmt            Lean Manufacturing        Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Configure / Make / Assemble    Order Managent    Production Management    Work Order Management    Labor Tracking    Engineering Change and Revision Control    Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR    Master Scheduling & Planning    Quality Management  
       Cost Tracking    Labor & Time Tracking    Quality Management    Job Management            Management Solutions        MES    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Product Configurator    Project Control        Lean Capabilities    Job Management    Mobile Shop Floor    Shop Floor Routing    Resource Management   
       Planning and Scheduling    Multi-Plants    Rapid Documentation    Lean Manufacturing            Production Configurator        Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Engineer to Order    Quality / Warranty    Shop Floor Data        Lean Tools / Labor Tracking    Lean Production    Production & WIP Reporting          
       Projects and Contracts    Plant Floor Mobile Access    Shipping    Manufacturing Execution Systm.            Project Management        Production Overview    Make to Project    Scheduling    Workflow        MAX Visual Shop Scheduler    Quality Assurance    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning          
       Quality Mgmt    PLC Machine Integration    Shop Floor Control    Planning & Scheduling            Quality Control        Quality Management    Multisite Planning                Shop Floor Control    Routing    Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing          
       Quotations    Preventative Maintenance                    Quality Tracking        Real Time Monitoring    Project Management                Subcontract Processing    Scheduling    Work Order Documents          
       Requirements Planning    Production Scheduling Overview                    Shop Floor Control            Repetitive Manufacturing                    Shop Floor Control              
       Shop Clock    Shop Floor Control                                Shop Floor Reporting                                  
           Statistical Process Controls                                Shop Order                                  
                                           Sub-Contract Management                                  
  Supply Chain Management
   Supply Chain Management    EDI Solution    Online Order & Tracking    Advanced Scheduling    Supply Chain Mgmt Overview            Advanced Planning and Scheduling    EDI    Capable to Promise    Distribution    Purchasing Mgmt.    Shipping / Receiving    Supply Chain Overview    Bar Coding    Purchasing    Customer / Vendor Portals    e-Purchase Order Requisitions    Freight Management  
       Freight Calculator    Online Tool Release    Demand Forecasting    Inventory Management            Forecasting Trust    Purchasing    Demand Planning    Equipment    Purchasing RFQ            Backflush by Operation    Shipping & Receiving     Lot & Serial Traceability    Electronic Data Transmission    Supplier Relationship Management  
       Inventory Forecasting    Problem Control    Executive Overview    Purchase Management            Shipping & Receiving Management        Materials Ordering    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping Mgmt.            Purchasing Control    Supplier Management    MRP / Kanban / Replenishment    Lot Tracking    Supply Chain Management  
       Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Quality    Inventory Management    Shipping & Receiving            Supplier Relationship Management         Outsource Central     Preventive Maintenance                Subcontract Processing        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning    PO From SO Create Workbench    Warehousing  
           Supply Chain Overview    Purchasing / Receiving    Sourcing            Supply Chain Manager            Procurement                Supplier Kanban        Receiving / Picking / Packing / Shipping    Purchasing      
                   Supplier Relationship Mgmt.                        Supply Chain                        Requisitions & Purchase Orders    Purchasing RESTful API       
                   Warehouse Management                        Warehousing                        Supply Chain Management    Serial & Lot Product Control       
                                                                   Supply / Demand Forecasting    Serial Number Product Tracking      
  Customer Relationship Management
   Sales & Marketing    Contact Management    Configurator Pricing     CRM    Customer Relations Overview    CRM    CRM Overview    Customer & Prospect Management    Customer Relationship Management Overview    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    CRM Features    Call Management    Customer Relations Management    Incentive Management    Customer Service Portal    Contact Management    Built-in CRM    Customer Support     Customer Relationship Management   
       CRM for Syspro    Cost & Quote Estimating    Sales Forecasting    Campaign Connect        Customer Management    Customer Relationship Management            Customer Services    Contact Manager    Field Service Management    Job and Project Tracking        Lead & Opportunity Management    Calendar Reminders / Follow-ups    Expandable CRM      
           Customer Master List    WebView    Case Management            Sales Forecasting            Information Shring            Partner Relationship        Marketing Management    Custom Lead Pipelines     Intergration for Salesforce CRM      
           Customer Relations Summary        Informatin Worker            Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management             Mobility Features            Sales Order Management            Customer & Contact Management          
           Field Service        Lead / Opportunity Mgmt            Service Management            Sales Configurator             Self Service Customer Portal            Customer Case Management          
           Opportunity Tracking        Mobile Connect                                    Website            Integrated CRM          
           Quick Quoter        Service Management                                                Last Touch Reporting          
           Quote Tracking                                                        Mobile Access & Field Service          
                                                                   Sales Management & Quote Tracking          
  Additional Capabilities
   Human Resources    Document Mgmt    Business Intelligence    Time and Attendance    Compliance Overview    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    E-Commerce    Business Web        Payroll Processing    B2B Contracting    Document Mgmt    Human Resources    Real Time Dashboards    Exact Synergy    Business Intelligence    Application Programming Interface    Additional Capabilities Overview    Human Capital Management  
       Espresso Mobile    Computer Aided Design    Crystal Reports    Composite Applications    Wholesale Distribution        Crystal Reports        Work Force Management    Business Analytics    Human Resources    Internationalization    Security    Exact Event Manager        Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)    Business Intelligence Products      
           Document Control System    Data Conversions    Enterprise Performance Mgmt            Data Conversion            Employee Self-Service    M1 WebGear Interface    Intuitive User Interface                Custom Report Writer    Engineering Products      
           E-Commerce    Document Control    Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame            Document Control            Expense Management     System Security    Multi-Site, Multi-Plant                Custom Workflow & Alerting    High Technology Package      
           Electronic Data Interchange    QuickView    Global Business Mgmt            Global Application Builder            Human Resources    Unlimited View    Quality Control (Supplier)                Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing    Integration Programming Interfaces      
           Groupware Communication        Human Capital Mgmt Overview            Online System / Time and Attendance            Mobile Solutions        Report & Analysis                Email Interfacing With Customers & Vendors    Medical Technology Package      
           Human Resources Overview        Product Data Mgmt                        Payroll, Time & Attendance        Sytline Data Collection                Enterprise Document Management    Product Management      
           SmartPlex Mobile Access        Service Mgmt. Overview                        Recruitment, Training & Developemnt                        Pulse Report    Quality & Regulatory      
                   Social Enterprise                                                    Security & Business Monitoring Products      
                   Web 2.0                                                    Usability & Data Collection Utilities      
  Services Support
   Support Options    STARS    Security    Account Manager    Business Process Outsourcing        e-Learning    FastRESPONSE    Upgrade Guarantee    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     Implementation    Services & Support        Customer Care    Training and Education    Implementation    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels    Client Support & Training Overview    Enterprise Service Management  
       Support    Training Strategies    Classroom Training    Hosting Services            Global Shop Solutions Consulting        IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support            NetSuite Central    Customer Support        Custom Development & Integration    Customer Support Module      
       Training and Education        E-Learning    Learning & Educational Services            Global Shop Solutions University        IQMS Technical Support    Training            Site Consultation    Consultation Services        Data Migration    Direct Implementation Services      
               Onsite and ISO Consulting    Managed Services            Learning & Educational Services        Software Updates and Maintenance Program                            Local / Resident Hosting    Meditech Validation Products & Services      
               Phone Support    Professional Services            Training Strategies                                     OnSite Implementation Consulting    Support & Professional Services      
                   Subscription Services                                                Project Discovery & Gap Analysis    User Product & Process Training      
                   Support                                                Services User Training Programs          

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