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Independent Review of Industrial Distribution ERP Software for the Metal Fabrication Industry



Below is a comprehensive, independent review and comparison of Industrial Distribution 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 ERPSYSPROSage ERP X3NetSuite ERPSAP Business OnePriority Software ERP
  Version20167.07Always Current17.3
  Price Range$75K and up-$25K-500K onsite$2600/ user-$10K-100K$25K -$250K$1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsLease, FinancingLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscription, Licensed
  User Range10-2504-100020-1000+10+unlimited25-10005-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYes
  ArchitectureSOA / Multi-tierSOA, XML, Webservice SAAS, MultitenantSOAAll current Windows
  Database PlatformCloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), 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, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`MS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL Express
  Server OSLinux, Windows, UnixWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareLinux, Windows, Unix
  SAASYesNoNoYesNoYes
  Materials Management
    Inventory Management    Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Inventory Management    Materials Management Overview  
    Material requirements planning (MRP)    Lot Traceability        Advanced Shipping        Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID  
   Material Cost Posting            Bin Management        Picking and Shipping  
   Scheduling            Order Promising        Receiving & Put-Away  
   Warehouse Management            Real-Time Sustem        Replenishment  
               Return Materials Authorization        Traceability  
  Sales Order Management
   Costing    Document Flow Mgmt.    Purchasing Management    Automated Order Processing    Sales & Promotions    Orders  
   Invoicing    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    RF Warehousing    Automated Payments        Price Quotes  
   Process History    Point Of Sale    Sales Monitoring    One Click Purchase Orders        Tasks  
   Quotation Management    Report Writer        Order Management          
   Sales Management Overview    Return Mgmt        Procure-to-Pay Purchasing          
   Shipping Order    Sales Analysis        Real Time Order Status          
       Sales Orders        Self-Service Vendor Center          
               Shipping Integration          
               Streamlined Receiving          
  Financial Management
   “What if” Financial Scenarios    Budget Management    Business Intelligence    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Financial Reporting    Billing  
   Cost Accounting    Accounts Payable    Data Collection    Financial Summary    Accounting and Financials Overview    Budget Control  
   Financials and Accounting    Accounts Receivable    Financial Overview    Advanced Billing    Banking & Reconciliation    Cash Management  
   Fixed Assets    Activity Based Costing        Amortization Schedules    Cost Accounting    Cost Control  
   Liquidity Planning    Tax Management        Multi-currency Transactions        Financial Management Overview  
   Perpetual Inventory Costing    Assests Register        Project Accounting        Financial Statement Generator  
       Payroll        Revenue Recognition        Fixed Assets  
       Analytics                Regulatory Compliance  
  Production Management
   CAD Integration    Bill of Materials    Discrete Manufacturing    Advanced Multi-location Inventory        Production Management Overview  
   Production Summary    Engineering Change Control    Process Manufacturing    Aseembly Management          
   Project Cost Accounting    Factory Documentation        Work Order Management          
   Project Management    Cost Tracking                  
   Time Recording / Job Time    Planning and Scheduling                  
   Work Order Management    Projects and Contracts                  
       Quality Mgmt                  
       Quotations                  
       Requirements Planning                  
       Shop Clock                  
  Supply Chain Management
   Purchasing    EDI Solution        Supply Chain Overview          
   Requisitions    Freight Calculator                  
   Sales Planning & Forecasting    Inventory Forecasting                  
   Supplier Relationship Management    Shipping Mgmt                  
  Customer Relationship Management
   Customer Relations Mgmt.    Contact Management    CRM    Incentive Management    CRM Overview    CRM Overview  
   Customer Relationship Management Overview    CRM for Syspro        Job and Project Tracking    Customer Data Management       
               Partner Relationship          
               Sales Order Management          
               Self Service Customer Portal          
               Website          
  Additional Capabilities
    Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Document Mgmt    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Real Time Dashboards    E-Commerce    Mobile Solutions  
   Business Intelligence    Espresso Mobile    Wholesale Distribution    Security          
   Multi-Site                      
  Services Support
   Upgrade Guarantee    STARS        Customer Care    E-Learning    Customer Service & Support Overview  
       Support        NetSuite Central          
       Training and Education        Site Consultation          

 
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