ERP Software Comparison for Discrete Manufacturing

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. pricing, financing options, etc), materials management, sales order management, financial management, production management, supply chain management, and customer management, along with any additional capabilities each vendor might provide. Click on the product name 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 M1Priority Software ERPInfor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) NetSuite ERPEpicor ExpressCetec ERPExpandable ERP Infor LN
  Version20167.0Always Current7.210.0072016.2201615. CurrentAlways currentAlways Current9.3.0Infor ERP Feature Pack 6
  Price Range$8K-$250K$25K-500K onsite$5K + per month-$5K-200K$4K -500K$2600/ user-$25K -$250K$5K-500K$75K and up-$50K- $2M$300K-2M$10K-250K$1,400-$3,000/license$25K-500K$10K-100K$400-$5K/Mo.$40/User/Month-$20K-200K or$250/User/Mo $25K-$1M
  Financing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, FinancingLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionSubscriptionFinancing, 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 ownSubscription, LicensedLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionSubscriptionSubscriptionSubscription, LicensedLease, Owner Financing, Financing
  User Range5-7504-100020-1000+1-3001-2000+20-1000+25-10003-100010-2505-Unlimited40-50001-5005-1,0005-100010+unlimited1-505-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, .NETAll current WindowsSOASAAS, MultitenantSaaS 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), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`MS SQL Server, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas)Cloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, IBM DB2, OtherMS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL ExpressMS 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, 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 SystemsWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixWindowsMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareMac 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     Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Complex MRO    Advanced Inventory Mgmt    Materials Management Overview    Material Management Summary    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Material Management    Barcoding & Labeling    Consignment Inventory     Procurement  
       Lot Traceability    Inventory Tracking    Bar Coding    Bar Coding            Bill of Materials     Material requirements planning (MRP)    Vendor Managed Inventory    Costing    Inventory Management    Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID    Plant Maintenance    Advanced Shipping        Bill Of Materials    Inventory Accuracy       
           Bill of Materials    Bill Of Materials    Handheld            Data Collection    Material Cost Posting    Wireless Warehouse Management System    Demand Forecasting    M1 Calculators    Picking and Shipping        Bin Management        Dimensional Inventory Control    Inventory Control      
           Bar Coding    Handheld / Pocketview    Material Handler Interface            Inventory Control    Scheduling        Inventory Replenishment        Receiving & Put-Away        Order Promising        Inventory Management    Inventory RESTful API       
           Job Tracking System    Inventory Control    Material Movement            Inventory Management    Warehouse Management        Project Budgeting        Replenishment        Real-Time Sustem        Lot & Serial Traceability    Lot Tracking      
           Material Requirements Planning    Inventory Management    Prioritize Orders            Materials & Inventory            Project Reporting        Traceability        Return Materials Authorization        Mobile Warehousing    Materials Management      
               Lot and Serial Control    Sales Order Allocation            Materials Purchasing            Scheduling and Resourcing                        MRP & Inventory Forecast    Serial & Lot Production Control RESTful APIs      
               Material Management                 Materials Solutions                                    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning    Serial Number Tracking       
                               Physical Inventory                                              
                               Wireless System                                              
  Sales Order Management
   Service Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Commission Tracking    Order Entry    Order Management    Purchasing Management    Sales & Promotions    Complete Order Management    Costing    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Collaborative Solutions    Advanced Bill of Materials    Orders    Advanced Forcasting    Automated Order Processing    Estimating & Quoting    Automatic Order Processing    Configuration Control     Sales Overview  
       Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Competitor Intelligence Database    Quoting / Estimating    Sales Management    RF Warehousing        Demand Management    Invoicing    Quoting and Estimating    Component Repair    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.    Price Quotes    Estimating / Quoting    Automated Payments    Order Management    Configurable Manufacturing Modes    Electronic Data Transmission      
       Point Of Sale    Customer Orders    Vender Returns    Demand Management    Sales Monitoring        Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Process History    Sales Orders    Coordinate Projects    Lead Management    Tasks    Request for Quote    One Click Purchase Orders        EDI / Ecommerce    Pack-Out Ship       
       Report Writer    E D I        Electronic Data Interchange            Invoice Order History    Quotation Management        Customer Orders     Project Mgmt            Order Management        Field Service & Projects    Quick Sales Order Entry       
       Return Mgmt    Order Entry & Tracking        Estimate / Quote Mgmt.            Order Enrty    Sales Management Overview        Field Service                Procure-to-Pay Purchasing        Manufacturing Quoting    Return Material Authorization      
       Sales Analysis    Quote Tracking        Storefront            Quoting & Estimating    Shipping Order        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       
                               Sales Application                            Streamlined Receiving            Volume Pricing      
                               Shipping Logistics                                              
  Financial Management
   Business Intelligence    Budget Management    accounting Overview    Accounts Payable    General Ledger    Business Intelligence    Financial Reporting    Accounting Application     “What if” Financial Scenarios    Financial Overview    Accounts Payable & Receivable    General Ledger    Billing    Financial Management    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    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 and Financials Overview    Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    General Ledger    Budget Management    Accounts Payable    Budget Control        Financial Summary    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Payable     Financial Overview  
       Accounts Receivable    Costing    Budgeting / Cashflow    Accounts Receivable    Financial Overview    Banking & Reconciliation    Accounts Receivable    Financials and Accounting    Finanacial Reporting    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable    Cash Management        Advanced Billing    General Ledger    Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import    Accounts Receivable       
       Activity Based Costing    Expense Project Tracking    Executive Overview    Multi-Cureancy / Company        Cost Accounting    Business Intelligence    Fixed Assets    Accounts Payable    Consolidate Accounts    Multi-Currency    Cost Control        Amortization Schedules    Multi-Currency    Configurable Costing Methods    Bank Reconciliation       
       Tax Management    Inventory Valuation    General Ledger    Financial Mgmt Overview            Business Intelligence Application    Liquidity Planning    Accounts Receivable    Financial Summary    Payroll    Financial Management Overview        Multi-currency Transactions    Payroll    Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)    Business Intelligence & Analytics      
       Assests Register    Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Payroll    Tax Connect            Cash Flow    Perpetual Inventory Costing    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Fixed Assets        Financial Statement Generator        Project Accounting        General Accounting     Financial Reporting      
       Payroll        QuickBooks    Cash / Asset Mgmt            Financial Management            General Ledger        Fixed Assets        Revenue Recognition        General Ledger    Foreign Currency       
       Analytics            Global Engines            Fixed Assets            Sales Contract Mgmt.        Regulatory Compliance                Project Accounting    General Ledger       
                               General Ledger                                    Tax Management    Multiple Company       
                               International Accounting                                              
                               Multi-Currency Management                                              
                               Payroll Management                                              
  Production Management
   Project Management    Bill of Materials    Barcode Labeling    Advanced Scheduling    Production Mgmt     Discrete Manufacturing        Advanced Production Scheduling    CAD Integration    Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Asset Design    Job Management    Production Management Overview    Engineering    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Bill of Materials     Bill Of Materials    Integration For Finite Capacity    Planning  
       Engineering Change Control    Capacity Planning    Job Management    Advanced Production    Process Manufacturing        Cost Breakdown Application    Production Summary    Engineering Change Order    Batch Process    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry        Planning & Scheduling    Aseembly Management    Document Management    Configurable Manufacturing     Job Scheduling & Costing     Product Lifecycle Management  
       Factory Documentation    Complex Assembly    Order Costing     Advanced Quality Mgmt            Engineer-to-Order    Project Cost Accounting    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Configure / Make / Assemble    Order Managent        Production Management    Work Order Management    Engineering Change and Revision Control    Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR    Master Scheduling & Planning    Quality Management  
       Cost Tracking    Labor & Time Tracking    Quality Management    Job Management            Lean Manufacturing    Project Management    MES    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Product Configurator        Project Control        Job Management    Mobile Shop Floor    Shop Floor Routing    Resource Management   
       Planning and Scheduling    Multi-Plants    Rapid Documentation    Lean Manufacturing            Management Solutions    Time Recording / Job Time    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Engineer to Order    Quality / Warranty        Shop Floor Data        Lean Production    Production & WIP Reporting          
       Projects and Contracts    Plant Floor Mobile Access    Shipping    Manufacturing Execution Systm.            Planning & Scheduling    Work Order Management    Production Overview    Make to Project    Scheduling        Workflow        Quality Assurance    Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning          
       Quality Mgmt    PLC Machine Integration    Shop Floor Control    Planning & Scheduling            Production Configurator        Quality Management    Multisite Planning                    Routing    Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing          
       Quotations    Preventative Maintenance        Planning and Scheduling            Project Management Application        Real Time Monitoring    Project Management                    Scheduling    Work Order Documents          
       Requirements Planning    Production Scheduling Overview        Product Data Management            Quality Control Application            Repetitive Manufacturing                    Shop Floor Control              
       Shop Clock    Shop Floor Control                    Quality Tracking            Shop Floor Reporting                                  
           Statistical Process Controls                    Shop Floor Control            Shop Order                                  
                               Shop Floor Data Collection Application            Sub-Contract Management                                  
                               Shop Management                                              
                               Software Preventative Maintenance Application                                              
                               TrueView Data Display Application                                              
  Supply Chain Management
   Supply Chain Management    EDI Solution    Online Order & Tracking    Advanced Scheduling    Supply Chain Mgmt.            Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Purchasing    Capable to Promise    Distribution    Purchasing Mgmt.        Shipping / Receiving    Supply Chain Overview    Purchasing    Customer / Vendor Portals    e-Purchase Order Requisitions    Freight Management  
       Freight Calculator    Online Tool Release    Demand Forecasting    Inventory Management            Forecasting Trust    Requisitions    Demand Planning    Equipment    Purchasing RFQ                Shipping & Receiving     Lot & Serial Traceability    Electronic Data Transmission    Supplier Relationship Management  
       Inventory Forecasting    Problem Control    Executive Overview    Purchase Management            Shipping & Receiving Management    Sales Planning & Forecasting    Materials Ordering    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping Mgmt.                Supplier Management    MRP / Kanban / Replenishment    Lot Tracking    Supply Chain Management  
       Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Quality    Inventory Management    Shipping & Receiving            Supplier Relationship Management     Supplier Relationship Management    Outsource Central     Preventive Maintenance                        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning    PO From SO Create Workbench    Warehousing  
           Supply Chain Overview    Purchasing / Receiving    Sourcing            Supply Chain Manager            Procurement                        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    CRM Application    Customer Relations Mgmt.    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    CRM Features    Call Management    CRM Overview    Customer Relations Management    Incentive Management    Contact Management    Built-in CRM    Customer Support     Customer Relationship Management   
       CRM for Syspro    Cost & Quote Estimating    Sales Forecasting    Campaign Connect        Customer Data Management     Customer & Prospect Management    Customer Relationship Management Overview        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            Customer Relationship Management            Information Shring                Partner Relationship    Marketing Management    Custom Lead Pipelines     Integration for Salesforce CRM      
           Customer Relations Summary        Customer Relationship Management            Sales Forecasting            Mobility Features                Sales Order Management        Customer & Contact Management          
           Field Service        Information Worker            Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management             Sales Configurator                 Self Service Customer Portal        Customer Case Management          
           Opportunity Tracking        Lead / Opportunity Mgmt            Service Management                            Website        Integrated CRM          
           Quick Quoter        Mobile Connect                                                Last Touch Reporting          
           Quote Tracking        Service Management                                                Mobile Access & Field Service          
                                                                   Sales Management & Quote Tracking          
  Additional Capabilities
   Human Resources    Document Mgmt    Business Intelligence    Time and Attendance    Cloud Deployment    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    E-Commerce     Simplified Label Printing     Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Payroll Processing    B2B Contracting    Document Mgmt    Mobile Solutions    Human Resources    Real Time Dashboards    Business Intelligence    Application Programming Interface    Additional Capabilities Overview    Human Capital Management  
       Espresso Mobile    Computer Aided Design    Crystal Reports    Compliance Overview    Wholesale Distribution        Business Web    Business Intelligence    Work Force Management    Business Analytics    Human Resources        Internationalization    Security        Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)    Business Intelligence Products      
           Document Control System    Data Conversions    Composite Applications            CAD Interface Application    Multi-Site        Employee Self-Service    M1 WebGear Interface        Intuitive User Interface            Custom Report Writer    Engineering Products      
           E-Commerce    Document Control    Composite Applications            Crystal Reports            Expense Management     System Security        Multi-Site, Multi-Plant            Custom Workflow & Alerting    High Technology Package      
           Electronic Data Interchange    QuickView    Document Mgmt            Data Conversion            Human Resources    Unlimited View        Quality Control (Supplier)            Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing    Integration Programming Interfaces      
           Groupware Communication        Enterprise Content Mgmt            Document Control            Mobile Solutions            Report & Analysis            Email Interfacing with Customers & Vendors    Medical Technology Package      
           Human Resources Overview        Enterprise Performance Mgmt            Document Control Application            Payroll, Time & Attendance            Sytline Data Collection            Enterprise Document Management    Product Management      
           SmartPlex Mobile Access        Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame            Electronic Data Exchange            Recruitment, Training & Developemnt                        Pulse Report    Quality & Regulatory      
                   Global Business Mgmt            Global Application Builder                                        Security & Business Monitoring Products      
                   Human Capital Mgmt.            Key Performance Indicators Application                                        Usability & Data Collection Utilities      
                   ICE Business Architecture            Messaging System Application                                              
                   Mobile            Mobile Wireless Application                                              
                   Product Data Mgmt            Online System / Time and Attendance                                              
                   Service Mgmt. Overview            Process Documentation & Training                                              
                   Social Enterprise            RFID Technology Application                                              
                   Subscription Services                                                          
                   Web 2.0                                                          
  Services Support
   Support Options    STARS    Security    Account Manager    Business Process Outsourcing        E-Learning    FastRESPONSE    Upgrade Guarantee    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     Implementation    Services & Support    Customer Service & Support Overview        Customer Care    Implementation    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels    Client Support & Training Overview    Enterprise Service Management  
       Support    Training Strategies    Classroom Training    Epicor Consulting            Global Shop Solutions Consulting        IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support                NetSuite Central        Custom Development & Integration    Customer Support Module      
       Training and Education        E-Learning    Hosting Services            Global Shop Solutions University        IQMS Technical Support    Training                Site Consultation        Data Migration    Direct Implementation Services      
               Onsite and ISO Consulting    Learning & Educational Services            Learning & Educational Services        Software Updates and Maintenance Program                            Local / Resident Hosting    Meditech Validation Products & Services      
               Phone Support    Managed Services            Training Strategies                                     On-Site Implementation Consulting    Support & Professional Services      
                   Professional Services                                                Project Discovery & Gap Analysis    User Product & Process Training      
                   Subscription Services                                                Services User Training Programs          

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