Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Comparison for the Metal Fabrication Industry

Below is a comprehensive, independent review and comparison of Discrete Manufacturing ERP software for the Metal Fabrication Industry with an easy-to-navigate matrix comparing general data (e.g. price, financing options, etc.), materials management, sales order management, financial management, production management, supply chain management, and customer relationship management, plus 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 NamePlex Manufacturing CloudEpicor ERPEnterpriseIQSYSPROabas ERPSage ERP X3NetSuite ERPE2 Shop SystemIFS Applications 9.0Global Shop SolutionsECi M1Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) SAP Business OneCetec ERPPriority Software ERP
  VersionAlways Current10.0015.27.020167Always Current7.29.02016. Current17.3
  Price Range$5K + per month-$4K -500K$50K- $2M$25K-500K onsite$75K and up-$2600/ user-$10K-100K$5K-200K$300K-2M$5K-500K$10K-250K$25K-500K$25K -$250K$40/User/Month-$1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, FinancingOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionSubscription, Licensed
  User Range20-1000+1-2000+5-Unlimited4-100010-25020-1000+10+unlimited1-30040-50003-10001-5005-100025-10005-Unlimited5-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesYesyesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYesYesAU, NZ,US,CA,UK.YesYesYesYes
  ArchitectureSaaS Multitenant SOASOASOA, .NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA / Multi-tier SAAS, MultitenantClient/ServerSOASOASOA, .NETSOASOASaas, MultitenantAll current Windows
  Database PlatformCloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)MS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsCloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Oracle, 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, MS SQL ExpressOracle, Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, OtherMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`Cloud-Based (Saas), MySQLMS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL Express
  Server OSCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsWindowsWindowsMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, Unix
  Materials Management
   Inventory Summary    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Management     Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Data Collection    Complex MRO    Bar Coding    Advanced Inventory Mgmt    Material Management Summary    Inventory Management    Barcoding & Labeling    Materials Management Overview  
   Inventory Tracking    Bar Coding    Vendor Managed Inventory    Lot Traceability     Material requirements planning (MRP)        Advanced Shipping    Bar Coding    Costing    Bill of Materials    Inventory Management    Plant Maintenance        Bill Of Materials    Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID  
   Bill of Materials    Handheld    Wireless Warehouse Management System        Material Cost Posting        Bin Management    Bill Of Materials    Demand Forecasting    Data Collection    M1 Calculators            Dimensional Inventory Control    Picking and Shipping  
   Bar Coding    Material Handler Interface            Scheduling        Order Promising    Handheld / Pocketview    Inventory Replenishment    Inventory Control                Inventory Management    Receiving & Put-Away  
   Job Tracking System    Material Movement            Warehouse Management        Real-Time Sustem    Inventory Control    Project Budgeting    Inventory Management                Lot & Serial Traceability    Replenishment  
   Material Requirements Planning    Prioritize Orders                    Return Materials Authorization    Inventory Management    Project Reporting    Materials & Inventory                Mobile Warehousing    Traceability  
       Sales Order Allocation                        Lot and Serial Control    Scheduling and Resourcing    Materials Purchasing                MRP & Inventory Forecast      
                               Material Management         Materials Solutions                Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
                                       Physical Inventory                      
                                       Wireless System                      
  Sales Order Management
   Commission Tracking    Order Management    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Costing    Purchasing Management    Automated Order Processing    Order Entry    Collaborative Solutions    Complete Order Management    Advanced Bill of Materials    Advanced Forcasting    Sales & Promotions    Automatic Order Processing    Orders  
   Competitor Intelligence Database    Sales Management    Quoting and Estimating    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Invoicing    RF Warehousing    Automated Payments    Quoting / Estimating    Component Repair    Demand Management    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.    Estimating / Quoting        Configurable Manufacturing Modes    Price Quotes  
   Customer Orders    Demand Management    Sales Orders    Point Of Sale    Process History    Sales Monitoring    One Click Purchase Orders    Vender Returns    Coordinate Projects    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Lead Management    Request for Quote        EDI / Ecommerce    Tasks  
   E D I    Electronic Data Interchange        Report Writer    Quotation Management        Order Management        Customer Orders     Invoice Order History    Project Mgmt            Field Service & Projects      
   Order Entry & Tracking    Estimate / Quote Mgmt.        Return Mgmt    Sales Management Overview        Procure-to-Pay Purchasing        Field Service    Order Enrty                Manufacturing Quoting      
   Quote Tracking    Storefront        Sales Analysis    Shipping Order        Real Time Order Status        Sales    Quoting & Estimating                Packing, Shipping, & RMAs      
   Sales Order            Sales Orders            Self-Service Vendor Center        Sales Quotes    Return Merchandise Authorization                Sales Reporting & Analysis      
                           Shipping Integration            Sales & Service Management                Workflow & Routing      
                           Streamlined Receiving            Sales Application                      
                                       Shipping Logistics                      
  Financial Management
   accounting Overview    General Ledger    Financial Overview    Budget Management    “What if” Financial Scenarios    Business Intelligence    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable & Receivable    Accounting Application     General Ledger    Financial Management    Financial Reporting    Accounts Payable     Billing  
   Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    General Ledger    Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    Data Collection    Financial Summary    Accounts Receivable    Budget Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable        Accounting and Financials Overview    Accounts Receivable    Budget Control  
   Costing    Accounts Receivable    Finanacial Reporting    Accounts Receivable    Financials and Accounting    Financial Overview    Advanced Billing    Budgeting / Cashflow    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable        Banking & Reconciliation    Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import    Cash Management  
   Expense Project Tracking    Multi-Cureancy / Company    Accounts Payable    Activity Based Costing    Fixed Assets        Amortization Schedules    Executive Overview    Consolidate Accounts    Business Intelligence    Multi-Currency        Cost Accounting    Configurable Costing Methods    Cost Control  
   Inventory Valuation    Financial Mgmt Overview    Accounts Receivable    Tax Management    Liquidity Planning        Multi-currency Transactions    General Ledger    Financial Summary    Business Intelligence Application    Payroll            Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)    Financial Management Overview  
   Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Tax Connect    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Assests Register    Perpetual Inventory Costing        Project Accounting    Payroll    Fixed Assets    Cash Flow                General Accounting     Financial Statement Generator  
       Cash / Asset Mgmt        Payroll            Revenue Recognition    QuickBooks    General Ledger    Financial Management                General Ledger    Fixed Assets  
       Global Engines        Analytics                    Sales Contract Mgmt.    Fixed Assets                Project Accounting    Regulatory Compliance  
                                       General Ledger                Tax Management      
                                       International Accounting                      
                                       Multi-Currency Management                      
                                       Payroll Management                      
  Production Management
   Barcode Labeling    Production Mgmt     Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Bill of Materials    CAD Integration    Discrete Manufacturing    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Advanced Scheduling    Asset Design    Advanced Production Scheduling    Job Management    Engineering        Bill Of Materials    Production Management Overview  
   Capacity Planning    Advanced Production    Engineering Change Order    Engineering Change Control    Production Summary    Process Manufacturing    Aseembly Management    Job Management    Batch Process    Cost Breakdown Application    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry    Planning & Scheduling        Configurable Manufacturing       
   Complex Assembly    Advanced Quality Mgmt    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Factory Documentation    Project Cost Accounting        Work Order Management    Order Costing     Configure / Make / Assemble    Engineer-to-Order    Order Managent    Production Management        Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR      
   Labor & Time Tracking    Job Management    MES    Cost Tracking    Project Management            Quality Management    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing    Product Configurator    Project Control        Mobile Shop Floor      
   Multi-Plants    Lean Manufacturing    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Planning and Scheduling    Time Recording / Job Time            Rapid Documentation    Engineer to Order    Management Solutions    Quality / Warranty    Shop Floor Data        Production & WIP Reporting      
   Plant Floor Mobile Access    Manufacturing Execution Systm.    Production Overview    Projects and Contracts    Work Order Management            Shipping    Make to Project    Planning & Scheduling    Scheduling    Workflow        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
   PLC Machine Integration    Planning & Scheduling    Quality Management    Quality Mgmt                Shop Floor Control    Multisite Planning    Production Configurator                Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing      
   Preventative Maintenance    Planning and Scheduling    Real Time Monitoring    Quotations                    Project Management    Project Management Application                Work Order Documents      
   Production Scheduling Overview    Product Data Management        Requirements Planning                    Repetitive Manufacturing    Quality Control Application                      
   Shop Floor Control            Shop Clock                    Shop Floor Reporting    Quality Tracking                      
   Statistical Process Controls                                Shop Order    Shop Floor Control                      
                                   Sub-Contract Management    Shop Floor Data Collection Application                      
                                       Shop Management                      
                                       Software Preventative Maintenance Application                      
                                       TrueView Data Display Application                      
  Supply Chain Management
   Online Order & Tracking    Supply Chain Mgmt.    Capable to Promise    EDI Solution    Purchasing        Supply Chain Overview    Advanced Scheduling    Distribution    Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Purchasing Mgmt.    Shipping / Receiving        Customer / Vendor Portals      
   Online Tool Release    Inventory Management    Demand Planning    Freight Calculator    Requisitions            Demand Forecasting    Equipment    Forecasting Trust    Purchasing RFQ            Lot & Serial Traceability      
   Problem Control    Purchase Management    Materials Ordering    Inventory Forecasting    Sales Planning & Forecasting            Executive Overview    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping & Receiving Management    Shipping Mgmt.            MRP / Kanban / Replenishment      
   Supplier Quality    Shipping & Receiving    Outsource Central     Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Relationship Management            Inventory Management    Preventive Maintenance    Supplier Relationship Management                 Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
   Supply Chain Overview    Sourcing                        Purchasing / Receiving    Procurement    Supply Chain Manager                Receiving / Picking / Packing / Shipping      
       Supplier Relationship Mgmt.                            Supply Chain                    Requisitions & Purchase Orders      
       Warehouse Management                            Warehousing                    Supply Chain Management      
                                                       Supply / Demand Forecasting      
  Customer Relationship Management
   Configurator Pricing     Customer Relations Overview    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    Contact Management    Customer Relations Mgmt.    CRM    Incentive Management    CRM    CRM Features    CRM Application    Call Management    Customer Relations Management    CRM Overview    Built-in CRM    CRM Overview  
   Cost & Quote Estimating    Campaign Connect        CRM for Syspro    Customer Relationship Management Overview        Job and Project Tracking    Sales Forecasting    Customer Services    Customer & Prospect Management    Contact Manager    Field Service Management    Customer Data Management     Calendar Reminders / Follow-ups      
   Customer Master List    Case Management                    Partner Relationship    WebView    Information Shring    Customer Relationship Management                Custom Lead Pipelines       
   Customer Relations Summary    Customer Relationship Management                    Sales Order Management        Mobility Features    Sales Forecasting                Customer & Contact Management      
   Field Service    Information Worker                    Self Service Customer Portal        Sales Configurator     Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management                 Customer Case Management      
   Opportunity Tracking    Lead / Opportunity Mgmt                    Website            Service Management                Integrated CRM      
   Quick Quoter    Mobile Connect                                                Last Touch Reporting      
   Quote Tracking    Service Management                                                Mobile Access & Field Service      
                                                       Sales Management & Quote Tracking      
  Additional Capabilities
   Business Intelligence    Cloud Deployment    Payroll Processing    Document Mgmt     Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Real Time Dashboards    Time and Attendance    B2B Contracting     Simplified Label Printing    Document Mgmt    Human Resources    E-Commerce    Application Programming Interface    Mobile Solutions  
   Computer Aided Design    Compliance Overview    Work Force Management    Espresso Mobile    Business Intelligence    Wholesale Distribution    Security    Crystal Reports    Business Analytics    Business Web    Human Resources    Internationalization        Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)      
   Document Control System    Composite Applications            Multi-Site            Data Conversions    Employee Self-Service    CAD Interface Application    M1 WebGear Interface    Intuitive User Interface        Custom Report Writer      
   E-Commerce    Composite Applications                        Document Control    Expense Management     Crystal Reports    System Security    Multi-Site, Multi-Plant        Custom Workflow & Alerting      
   Electronic Data Interchange    Document Mgmt                        QuickView    Human Resources    Data Conversion    Unlimited View    Quality Control (Supplier)        Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing      
   Groupware Communication    Enterprise Content Mgmt                            Mobile Solutions    Document Control        Report & Analysis        Email Interfacing with Customers & Vendors      
   Human Resources Overview    Enterprise Performance Mgmt                            Payroll, Time & Attendance    Document Control Application        Sytline Data Collection        Enterprise Document Management      
   SmartPlex Mobile Access    Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame                            Recruitment, Training & Developemnt    Electronic Data Exchange                Pulse Report      
       Global Business Mgmt                                Global Application Builder                      
       Human Capital Mgmt.                                Key Performance Indicators Application                      
       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
   Security    Business Process Outsourcing    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     STARS    Upgrade Guarantee        Customer Care    Account Manager    Implementation    FastRESPONSE    Services & Support        E-Learning    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels    Customer Service & Support Overview  
   Training Strategies    Epicor Consulting    IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support            NetSuite Central    Classroom Training    Support    Global Shop Solutions Consulting                Custom Development & Integration      
       Hosting Services    IQMS Technical Support    Training and Education            Site Consultation    E-Learning    Training    Global Shop Solutions University                Data Migration      
       Learning & Educational Services    Software Updates and Maintenance Program                    Onsite and ISO Consulting        Learning & Educational Services                Local / Resident Hosting      
       Managed Services                        Phone Support        Training Strategies                 On-Site Implementation Consulting      
       Professional Services                                                Project Discovery & Gap Analysis      
       Subscription Services                                                Services User Training Programs      

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