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 NameSYSPROabas ERPSage ERP X3NetSuite ERPSAP Business OnePriority Software ERP
  Version7.020167Always Current17.3
  Price Range$25K-500K onsite$75K and up-$2600/ user-$10K-100K$25K -$250K$1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, FinancingOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownSubscription, Licensed
  User Range4-100010-25020-1000+10+unlimited25-10005-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYes
  ArchitectureSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA / Multi-tier SAAS, MultitenantSOAAll current Windows
  Database PlatformMS 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, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, Proprietary`MS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL Express
  Server OSWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareMac OS, Linux, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareLinux, Windows, Unix
  Materials Management
   Inventory Management     Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Inventory Management    Materials Management Overview  
   Lot Traceability     Material requirements planning (MRP)        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
   Document Flow Mgmt.    Costing    Purchasing Management    Automated Order Processing    Sales & Promotions    Orders  
   Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Invoicing    RF Warehousing    Automated Payments        Price Quotes  
   Point Of Sale    Process History    Sales Monitoring    One Click Purchase Orders        Tasks  
   Report Writer    Quotation Management        Order Management          
   Return Mgmt    Sales Management Overview        Procure-to-Pay Purchasing          
   Sales Analysis    Shipping Order        Real Time Order Status          
   Sales Orders            Self-Service Vendor Center          
               Shipping Integration          
               Streamlined Receiving          
  Financial Management
   Budget Management    “What if” Financial Scenarios    Business Intelligence    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Financial Reporting    Billing  
   Accounts Payable    Cost Accounting    Data Collection    Financial Summary    Accounting and Financials Overview    Budget Control  
   Accounts Receivable    Financials and Accounting    Financial Overview    Advanced Billing    Banking & Reconciliation    Cash Management  
   Activity Based Costing    Fixed Assets        Amortization Schedules    Cost Accounting    Cost Control  
   Tax Management    Liquidity Planning        Multi-currency Transactions        Financial Management Overview  
   Assests Register    Perpetual Inventory Costing        Project Accounting        Financial Statement Generator  
   Payroll            Revenue Recognition        Fixed Assets  
   Analytics                    Regulatory Compliance  
  Production Management
   Bill of Materials    CAD Integration    Discrete Manufacturing    Advanced Multi-location Inventory        Production Management Overview  
   Engineering Change Control    Production Summary    Process Manufacturing    Aseembly Management          
   Factory Documentation    Project Cost Accounting        Work Order Management          
   Cost Tracking    Project Management                  
   Planning and Scheduling    Time Recording / Job Time                  
   Projects and Contracts    Work Order Management                  
   Quality Mgmt                      
   Requirements Planning                      
   Shop Clock                      
  Supply Chain Management
   EDI Solution    Purchasing        Supply Chain Overview          
   Freight Calculator    Requisitions                  
   Inventory Forecasting    Sales Planning & Forecasting                  
   Shipping Mgmt    Supplier Relationship Management                  
  Customer Relationship Management
   Contact Management    Customer Relations Mgmt.    CRM    Incentive Management    CRM Overview    CRM Overview  
   CRM for Syspro    Customer Relationship Management Overview        Job and Project Tracking    Customer Data Management       
               Partner Relationship          
               Sales Order Management          
               Self Service Customer Portal          
  Additional Capabilities
   Document Mgmt     Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Real Time Dashboards    E-Commerce    Mobile Solutions  
   Espresso Mobile    Business Intelligence    Wholesale Distribution    Security          
  Services Support
   STARS    Upgrade Guarantee        Customer Care    E-Learning    Customer Service & Support Overview  
   Support            NetSuite Central          
   Training and Education            Site Consultation          

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