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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 Nameabas ERPEnterpriseIQSYSPROEpicor ERPSage ERP X3Plex Manufacturing CloudNetSuite ERPE2 Shop SystemIFS Applications 8.0Global Shop SolutionsECi M1Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Syteline) SAP Business OneCetec ERPPriority Software ERP
  Version201615.27.010.007Always CurrentAlways Current7.28.02016.28.09.00.10Always Current17.3
  Price Range$75K and up-$50K- $2M$25K-500K onsite$4K -500K$2600/ user-$5K + per month-$10K-100K$5K-200K$300K-2M$5K-500K$10K-250K$25K-500K$25K -$250K$40/User/Month-$1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsLease, FinancingLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionSubscription, Licensed
  User Range10-2505-Unlimited4-10001-2000+20-1000+20-1000+10+unlimited1-30040-50003-10001-5005-100025-10005-Unlimited5-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesyesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYesYesYesAU, NZ,US,CA,UK.YesYesYesYes
  ArchitectureSOA / Multi-tierSOA, .NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA SaaS Multitenant SOASAAS, MultitenantClient/ServerSOASOASOA, .NETSOASOASaas, MultitenantAll current Windows
  Database PlatformCloud-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)MS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS 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 ExpressCloud-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 OSLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixCompatible w/all Operating SystemsMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsCompatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsWindowsWindowsMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareCompatible w/all Operating SystemsLinux, Windows, Unix
  SAASYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
  Materials Management
    Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Inventory Management    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Summary    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Data Collection    Complex MRO    Bar Coding    Advanced Inventory Mgmt    Material Management Summary    Inventory Management    Barcoding & Labeling    Materials Management Overview  
    Material requirements planning (MRP)    Vendor Managed Inventory    Lot Traceability    Bar Coding        Inventory Tracking    Advanced Shipping    Bar Coding    Costing    Bill of Materials    Inventory Management    Plant Maintenance        Bill Of Materials    Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID  
   Material Cost Posting    Wireless Warehouse Management System        Handheld        Bill of Materials    Bin Management    Bill Of Materials    Demand Forecasting    Data Collection    M1 Calculators            Dimensional Inventory Control    Picking and Shipping  
   Scheduling            Material Handler Interface        Bar Coding    Order Promising    Handheld / Pocketview    Inventory Replenishment    Inventory Control                Inventory Management    Receiving & Put-Away  
   Warehouse Management            Material Movement        Job Tracking System    Real-Time Sustem    Inventory Control    Project Budgeting    Inventory Management                Lot & Serial Traceability    Replenishment  
               Prioritize Orders        Material Requirements Planning    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
   Costing    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Order Management    Purchasing Management    Commission Tracking    Automated Order Processing    Order Entry    Collaborative Solutions    Complete Order Management    Advanced Bill of Materials    Advanced Forcasting    Sales & Promotions    Automatic Order Processing    Orders  
   Invoicing    Quoting and Estimating    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Sales Management    RF Warehousing    Competitor Intelligence Database    Automated Payments    Quoting / Estimating    Component Repair    Demand Management    Estimating & Quote Mgmt.    Estimating / Quoting        Configurable Manufacturing Modes    Price Quotes  
   Process History    Sales Orders    Point Of Sale    Demand Management    Sales Monitoring    Customer Orders    One Click Purchase Orders    Vender Returns    Coordinate Projects    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Lead Management    Request for Quote        EDI / Ecommerce    Tasks  
   Quotation Management        Report Writer    Electronic Data Interchange        E D I    Order Management        Customer Orders     Invoice Order History    Project Mgmt            Field Service & Projects      
   Sales Management Overview        Return Mgmt    Estimate / Quote Mgmt.        Order Entry & Tracking    Procure-to-Pay Purchasing        Field Service    Order Enrty                Manufacturing Quoting      
   Shipping Order        Sales Analysis    Storefront        Quote Tracking    Real Time Order Status        Sales    Quoting & Estimating                Packing, Shipping, & RMAs      
           Sales Orders            Sales Order    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
   “What if” Financial Scenarios    Financial Overview    Budget Management    General Ledger    Business Intelligence    accounting Overview    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable & Receivable    Accounting Application     General Ledger    Financial Management    Financial Reporting    Accounts Payable     Billing  
   Cost Accounting    General Ledger    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    Data Collection    Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Financial Summary    Accounts Receivable    Budget Management    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable        Accounting and Financials Overview    Accounts Receivable    Budget Control  
   Financials and Accounting    Finanacial Reporting    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable    Financial Overview    Costing    Advanced Billing    Budgeting / Cashflow    Cash Flow    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable        Banking & Reconciliation    Bank Reconcile & Credit Card Import    Cash Management  
   Fixed Assets    Accounts Payable    Activity Based Costing    Multi-Cureancy / Company        Expense Project Tracking    Amortization Schedules    Executive Overview    Consolidate Accounts    Business Intelligence    Multi-Currency        Cost Accounting    Configurable Costing Methods    Cost Control  
   Liquidity Planning    Accounts Receivable    Tax Management    Financial Mgmt Overview        Inventory Valuation    Multi-currency Transactions    General Ledger    Financial Summary    Business Intelligence Application    Payroll            Financial Reporting (Multi Site / Company)    Financial Management Overview  
   Perpetual Inventory Costing    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Assests Register    Tax Connect        Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Project Accounting    Payroll    Fixed Assets    Cash Flow                General Accounting     Financial Statement Generator  
           Payroll    Cash / Asset Mgmt            Revenue Recognition    QuickBooks    General Ledger    Financial Management                General Ledger    Fixed Assets  
           Analytics    Global Engines                    Sales Contract Mgmt.    Fixed Assets                Project Accounting    Regulatory Compliance  
                                       General Ledger                Tax Management      
                                       International Accounting                      
                                       Multi-Currency Management                      
                                       Payroll Management                      
  Production Management
   CAD Integration    Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Bill of Materials    Production Mgmt     Discrete Manufacturing    Barcode Labeling    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Advanced Scheduling    Asset Design    Advanced Production Scheduling    Job Management    Engineering        Bill Of Materials    Production Management Overview  
   Production Summary    Engineering Change Order    Engineering Change Control    Advanced Production    Process Manufacturing    Capacity Planning    Aseembly Management    Job Management    Batch Process    Cost Breakdown Application    M1 SFE Shop floor Entry    Planning & Scheduling        Configurable Manufacturing       
   Project Cost Accounting    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Factory Documentation    Advanced Quality Mgmt        Complex Assembly    Work Order Management    Order Costing     Configure / Make / Assemble    Engineer-to-Order    Order Managent    Production Management        Integrated QMS & ECO / ECR      
   Project Management    MES    Cost Tracking    Job Management        Labor & Time Tracking        Quality Management    Constraint-Based Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing    Product Configurator    Project Control        Mobile Shop Floor      
   Time Recording / Job Time    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Planning and Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing        Multi-Plants        Rapid Documentation    Engineer to Order    Management Solutions    Quality / Warranty    Shop Floor Data        Production & WIP Reporting      
   Work Order Management    Production Overview    Projects and Contracts    Manufacturing Execution Systm.        Plant Floor Mobile Access        Shipping    Make to Project    Planning & Scheduling    Scheduling    Workflow        Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
       Quality Management    Quality Mgmt    Planning & Scheduling        PLC Machine Integration        Shop Floor Control    Multisite Planning    Production Configurator                Time Tracking, Job Costing, & Outsourcing      
       Real Time Monitoring    Quotations    Planning and Scheduling        Preventative Maintenance            Project Management    Project Management Application                Work Order Documents      
           Requirements Planning    Product Data Management        Production Scheduling Overview            Repetitive Manufacturing    Quality Control Application                      
           Shop Clock            Shop Floor Control            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
   Purchasing    Capable to Promise    EDI Solution    Supply Chain Mgmt.        Online Order & Tracking    Supply Chain Overview    Advanced Scheduling    Distribution    Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Purchasing Mgmt.    Shipping / Receiving        Customer / Vendor Portals      
   Requisitions    Demand Planning    Freight Calculator    Inventory Management        Online Tool Release        Demand Forecasting    Equipment    Forecasting Trust    Purchasing RFQ            Lot & Serial Traceability      
   Sales Planning & Forecasting    Materials Ordering    Inventory Forecasting    Purchase Management        Problem Control        Executive Overview    Equipment Effectiveness    Shipping & Receiving Management    Shipping Mgmt.            MRP / Kanban / Replenishment      
   Supplier Relationship Management    Outsource Central     Shipping Mgmt    Shipping & Receiving        Supplier Quality        Inventory Management    Preventive Maintenance    Supplier Relationship Management                 Production Scheduling & Capacity Planning      
               Sourcing        Supply Chain Overview        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
   Customer Relations Mgmt.    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    Contact Management    Customer Relations Overview    CRM    Configurator Pricing     Incentive Management    CRM    CRM Features    CRM Application    Call Management    Customer Relations Management    CRM Overview    Built-in CRM    CRM Overview  
   Customer Relationship Management Overview        CRM for Syspro    Campaign Connect        Cost & Quote Estimating    Job and Project Tracking    Sales Forecasting    Customer Services    Customer & Prospect Management    Contact Manager    Field Service Management    Customer Data Management     Calendar Reminders / Follow-ups      
               Case Management        Customer Master List    Partner Relationship    WebView    Information Shring    Customer Relationship Management                Custom Lead Pipelines       
               Customer Relationship Management        Customer Relations Summary    Sales Order Management        Mobility Features    Sales Forecasting                Customer & Contact Management      
               Information Worker        Field Service    Self Service Customer Portal        Sales Configurator     Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management                 Customer Case Management      
               Lead / Opportunity Mgmt        Opportunity Tracking    Website            Service Management                Integrated CRM      
               Mobile Connect        Quick Quoter                                Last Touch Reporting      
               Service Management        Quote Tracking                                Mobile Access & Field Service      
                                                       Sales Management & Quote Tracking      
  Additional Capabilities
    Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Payroll Processing    Document Mgmt    Cloud Deployment    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Business Intelligence    Real Time Dashboards    Time and Attendance    B2B Contracting     Simplified Label Printing    Document Mgmt    Human Resources    E-Commerce    Application Programming Interface    Mobile Solutions  
   Business Intelligence    Work Force Management    Espresso Mobile    Compliance Overview    Wholesale Distribution    Computer Aided Design    Security    Crystal Reports    Business Analytics    Business Web    Human Resources    Internationalization        Cetec ERP Application Programming Interface (API)      
   Multi-Site            Composite Applications        Document Control System        Data Conversions    Employee Self-Service    CAD Interface Application    M1 WebGear Interface    Intuitive User Interface        Custom Report Writer      
               Composite Applications        E-Commerce        Document Control    Expense Management     Crystal Reports    System Security    Multi-Site, Multi-Plant        Custom Workflow & Alerting      
               Document Mgmt        Electronic Data Interchange        QuickView    Human Resources    Data Conversion    Unlimited View    Quality Control (Supplier)        Ecommerce, EDI, & Credit Card Processing      
               Enterprise Content Mgmt        Groupware Communication            Mobile Solutions    Document Control        Report & Analysis        Email Interfacing with Customers & Vendors      
               Enterprise Performance Mgmt        Human Resources Overview            Payroll, Time & Attendance    Document Control Application        Sytline Data Collection        Enterprise Document Management      
               Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame        SmartPlex Mobile Access            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
   Upgrade Guarantee    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     STARS    Business Process Outsourcing        Security    Customer Care    Account Manager    Implementation    FastRESPONSE    Services & Support        E-Learning    Cetec ERP Lite, Standard & Gold Levels    Customer Service & Support Overview  
       IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support    Epicor Consulting        Training Strategies    NetSuite Central    Classroom Training    Support    Global Shop Solutions Consulting                Custom Development & Integration      
       IQMS Technical Support    Training and Education    Hosting Services            Site Consultation    E-Learning    Training    Global Shop Solutions University                Data Migration      
       Software Updates and Maintenance Program        Learning & Educational Services                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      
               Support                                              


 
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