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  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Configure To Order (CTO)
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • Engineer to Order (ETO)
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Job Shop / Machine Shop
  • Light Assembly (ATO) / Kitting
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  • SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)

Manufacturing ERP Software Comparison for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries

Below is a comprehensive, independent comparison of the top ERP systems for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries. Our analysis simplifies the evaluation of platforms based on their capabilities in managing complex manufacturing processes, ensuring regulatory compliance, and handling intricate supply chain dynamics.

Our pharmaceutical ERP specialists have conducted extensive research to help you swiftly identify systems that align with the specific needs of businesses in the pharmaceutical sector. You can easily request demos and get competitive quotes directly from ERP providers. Moreover, our detailed selection guide empowers you to make an informed decision, ensuring your investment aligns with the unique demands and priorities of the pharmaceutical industry. Read our selection guide.

16 ERP Systems Found

Ifs logo

IFS Cloud

Batchmaster logo

BatchMaster ERP B1

Eci software logo

Deacom ERP

Batchmaster logo

BatchMaster Manufacturing

Cetec erp logo

Cetec ERP

Datacor logo

Datacor ERP

Delmiaworks logo

Enterprise IQ

Microsoft dynamics logo

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Oracle logo

Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP

Sage Software Logo

Sage X3 ERP

Sap logo

SAP Business One

Sap logo

SAP S/4HANA

Syspro logo

SYSPRO

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

$85K - $250K

Price Range

$50K - $3,000K

Price Range

$70K - $1,000K

Price Range

$85K - $150K

Price Range

$3K - $40,000K

Price Range

$30K - $1,000K

Price Range

$25K - $300K

Price Range

$70K - $1,000K

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

$20K - $750K

Price Range

$25,000K - $500,000K

Price Range

$25K - $250K

Price Range

$50K - $500K

Price Range

N/A

Price Range

$25K - $500K

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

$300/mo

Cost Per User

N/A

Cost Per User

$200/mo

Cost Per User

$60/mo

Cost Per User

$40/mo

Cost Per User

$250/mo

Cost Per User

$250/mo

Cost Per User

$200/mo

Cost Per User

$175/mo

Cost Per User

$4,000/mo

Cost Per User

$500/mo

Cost Per User

$75/mo

Cost Per User

$5,000/mo

Cost Per User

$200/mo

Cost Per User

$150/mo

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

No Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise

Deployments

Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

95%

Retention Rate

96%

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

91%

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

85%

Retention Rate

N/A

Retention Rate

65%

Retention Rate

78%

Retention Rate

95%

Version

IFS Cloud

Version

17.1

Version

17

Version

M3 13.4

Version

8.7

Version

Always Current

Version

2021

Version

Always Current

Version

Infor ERP Feature Pack 6

Version

2021

Version

AX 2020

Version

2023

Version

V12

Version

-

Version

Cloud 2021

Version

8.0

Financing Options

Finance, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease to Own

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease, Subscription

Financing Options

Lease

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Finance, Subscription

Financing Options

Finance, Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

Financing Options

Subscription

User Range

100 — and up

User Range

5 — 250

User Range

10 — 2000

User Range

20 — 1000+

User Range

5 — 150

User Range

5 — Unlimited

User Range

5 — 1000

User Range

5 — Unlimited

User Range

20 — 2,500

User Range

10 — Unlimited

User Range

5 — 2250

User Range

25 — unlimited

User Range

10 — 1000

User Range

25 — 1000

User Range

15 — Unlimited

User Range

10 — 1000

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$45,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$45,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$2,400

Minimum Fee to Implement

$15,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$20,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

N/A

Minimum Fee to Implement

$35,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$50,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$200,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$100,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$50,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$75,000

Minimum Fee to Implement

$25,000

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

47

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

4

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

-

Awards

100

Installs

3,300+

Installs

-

Installs

200+

Installs

1,100+

Installs

2000+

Installs

250+

Installs

>1000

Installs

1200+

Installs

2800+

Installs

2000+

Installs

9,300+

Installs

1000+

Installs

7000

Installs

28,000+

Installs

10,000+

Installs

15,000+

Architecture

SOA

Architecture

SOA, .NET

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

SOA, Multi-tenant

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

SaaS

Architecture

SOA, .NET

Architecture

SOA, .NET

Architecture

SOA, Multi-tenant

Architecture

SOA, .NET, Native Cloud

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

Hosted Cloud

Architecture

.NET

Architecture

SOA

Architecture

SOA, Native Cloud

Architecture

SOA

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • No Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • No Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • No Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • No Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • No Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Core Features

  • Yes Icon Multi-Site
  • Yes Icon Multi-National
  • Yes Icon Financial Management
  • Yes Icon Production Management
  • Yes Icon Materials Management (MRP/BOM)
  • Yes Icon Sales Order Management (SOM)
  • Yes Icon Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Yes Icon Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Unique Features

IFS Applications is a single, integrated product supporting the management of 4 core processes: Service and Asset, Manufacturing, Project, and Supply Chain.

Unique Features

ERP offers BatchMaster Manufacturing for make to stock and/or make to order, plus has QMS, FDA Validation templates, graphical record mapping, messaging/email collaboration, 3rd party contract manufacturing management, project based cost accounting

Unique Features

As a comprehensive ERP platform with the industry’s largest functional foundation, Deacom ERP provides a rich set of capabilities designed specifically for growing process manufacturing and distribution businesses around the world. All functionality specific to these industries is developed and supported in-house and written into the core platform.

Unique Features

Unique Features

Dynamic formulation, workflows, snapshot planning & scheduling vs advanced MRP & MPS, optimized batch job creation & dependent job linkages, QA continuous improvement, auto UOM conversions, mobile task execution, graphical lot traceability & recall

Unique Features

Cetec ERP is a single, unified business platform that delivers “tier 1” enterprise-level feature breadth at extraordinarily lower costs than traditional systems, owing to a long history combined with completely modernized cloud/SaaS technology. Their approach is direct, friendly, and transparent: they own the technology (i.e. no “bolt-ons”), and offer the software directly with no markup (i.e. not through incompetent third-party VARs), and offer close, attentive in-house support.

Unique Features

“Datacor ERP has tied all of the information we need into one centralized system. When we move an item in the wireless system, the information is immediately reflected across the platform. Our distribution and manufacturing operations are far more agile because we now know precisely what products we have or need, in what quantities and exactly where they are located.”

- Randy Byle | Haviland Enterprises, Inc.

Unique Features

DELMIAworks IQMS also offers a broad choice of deployment options that will allow you to pick the solution that is best for your business: on-premise or hosted Cloud ERP deployment via hosted managed services or SaaS. Providing three deployment options gives you the flexibility to choose the best solution for your company and your budget.

Unique Features

Unique built-in process modeling tool for quick implementations and user setup

Unique Features

Unique Features

Designed for mid-size and large manufacturers

Unique Features

This is Oracle's newest Cloud ERP System for companies over 200M in revenue.

Unique Features

Sage X3 helps your business thrive and stay competitive by providing users with the information they need to serve their customers better, take back control over the quality, and eliminate inefficiencies across the organization. It streamlines your core processes – from manufacturing to distribution and financial management to business services – while adapting to your industries best practices.

Unique Features

Unique Features

Unique Features

SYSPRO is a software company that supplies Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to manufacturing and distribution companies. SYSPRO’s strength lies in its specialist experience and industry-built approach to technology, which can be deployed as on-premise solutions, cloud SaaS or hybrid, and accessed anywhere, anytime from mobile devices.

Key features of the SYSPRO solution include its depth of functionality in Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Inventory Optimization & Management, Distribution and Procurement, self-service portals and supply chain extensibility, customization tailoring, and low-code extensibility tools. SYSPRO also supports out-of-the-box integrations, connectors, and business process automation, and customers have the ability to integrate technologies such as AI, ML, and IoT into their ERP system and extend the solution and connect to other systems.

By choosing SYSPRO, customers gain access to a team of global industry experts who help them drive maximum value from their business systems and solutions. SYSPRO empowers customers to secure a digital future and enables digital transformation, supporting data & analysis-driven decision-making with integrated solutions to enable visibility and engagement.

SYSPRO leads manufacturers and distributors through significant growth. The business also strongly commits to channel partner success and focuses on ensuring a highly successful solution implementation and customer experience. SYSPRO gives customers the confidence to say yes – to the next idea, the next opportunity, the next possibility, and to achieve more.

Limitations

IFS is not suitable for smaller organizations under $100 Million in annual revenue.

Limitations

BatchMaster Manufacturing is uniquely architected for use by formula-based, process manufacturers in the food, chemical, nutraceutical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and hemp related industries.

Limitations

Limitations

Limitations

Business Manufacturing application runs with QuickBooks, Sage 100/300, Microsoft Dynamics GP and SAP Business One financials. BatchMaster Manufacturing is uniquely architected for use by formula-based, process manufacturers in the food, chemical, nutraceutical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and hemp related industries.

Limitations

Not ideal for service-based or retail businesses. No “HR” or “Payroll” inside the platform; requires integrating to a third-party payroll system.

Limitations

This product is not intended for discrete manufacturing or heavy distribution.

Limitations

DELMIAworks IQMS is not a solution fit for businesses that are not manufacturing environments.

Limitations

The Infor LN solution does not target process manufacturing companies with recipe and blending operations. The solution typically does not target financial or professional services firms such as banks, healthcare, and other service providers.


Limitations

Limitations

Not appropriate for small companies

Limitations

Not for smaller companies with under $150 Million in Revenue

Limitations

Not suitable for companies smaller than 10 million in revenue.

Limitations

Limitations

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Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology ERP Selection Guide

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Top pharma erp systems

This guide examines pharmaceutical manufacturers’ unique challenges and demonstrates how enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provides specialized solutions to improve operations, compliance, and time-to-market. 

We outline the top ERP systems for pharma based on extensive experience with ERP solutions that cater to pharmaceutical firms.

Insight into the Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical & biotech industries develop innovative medicines that save lives and enhance the health of millions of people worldwide. However, bringing a new drug to market is incredibly complex, involving stringent regulations, multifaceted manufacturing, and massive investments of over a decade or more. 

Pharmaceutical companies must delicately balance patient outcomes, quality control, operational efficiency, and profitability.

The Role of ERP Systems in the Pharma Industry

For pharmaceutical companies, ERP systems are more than mere tools; they are strategic assets. These systems combine various business processes, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements and fostering innovation. An effective ERP system offers a panoramic view of operations, significantly improving decision-making and efficiency.

In pharmaceutical manufacturing, precision and compliance are paramount. Specialized ERP systems cater to these needs by offering modules designed for quality control, batch tracking, and adherence to industry standards. These systems streamline complex processes, ensuring that pharmaceutical manufacturers can focus on delivering high-quality products without compromising on compliance.

Pharmaceutical Industry Challenges & ERP Solutions

The pharmaceutical & biotech industries face unique challenges where precision, compliance, and innovation intersect. 

An effective ERP solution is crucial for addressing these industry-specific issues.

Key Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry

  1. Strict Regulatory Compliance: Navigating complex regulations involving electronic records and signatures or the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) guidelines. This includes ensuring compliance with clinical trial protocols and post-market surveillance requirements.
  2. Advanced Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA): Implementing rigorous QC and QA protocols, including batch tracking, stability testing, and validation processes. This is vital for both in-process and finished pharmaceutical products.
  3. Intricate Supply Chain Dynamics: Managing complex global supply chains with specific challenges such as cold chain logistics for temperature-sensitive products, handling raw material shortages, and ensuring just-in-time delivery to reduce inventory costs.
  4. R&D Efficiency and Patent Cliffs: Balancing the high costs and lengthy timelines of R&D with the pressure of patent expirations. Managing intellectual property and accelerating time-to-market for new drugs is essential.
  5. Comprehensive Data Management: Securing sensitive clinical trial data, patient information, and proprietary research while ensuring data integrity and compliance with data protection regulations like GDPR and HIPAA.
  6. Financial Management in a Highly Competitive Market: Navigating financial challenges such as funding new research projects, managing pricing pressures from healthcare providers and insurers, and dealing with market competition.
  7. GMP and Cleanroom Operations: Ensuring consistent adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and maintaining cleanroom environments are crucial for contamination control in drug manufacturing.

How ERP Addresses These Challenges

  1. Regulatory Compliance Management: Pharma ERP systems provide modules for managing regulatory compliances, automating the tracking of regulatory changes, and ensuring adherence to diverse international standards.
  2. Integrated Quality Management: Pharma ERP features advanced quality management modules, facilitating real-time QC and QA processes, including automated batch tracking and electronic batch records (EBR).
  3. Supply Chain Optimization: Pharma ERP solutions offer sophisticated SCM tools, enhancing visibility and control over complex logistics, including cold chain management and demand forecasting.
  4. R&D Project Management: Pharma ERP systems include specialized modules for managing R&D projects, intellectual property, and clinical trials, aiding in efficient resource allocation and faster time-to-market.
  5. Robust Data Security and Analytics: Pharma ERP systems ensure high-level data security and provide analytics for better decision-making while complying with stringent data protection laws.
  6. Financial and Cost Management: Pharma ERP systems offer comprehensive financial management features, aiding in budgeting, cost tracking, and financial forecasting in a competitive market.
  7. GMP and Cleanroom Compliance: Pharma ERP software assists in maintaining GMP compliance, with features for cleanroom monitoring and process control documentation.

Pharma ERP solutions offer tailored solutions to the pharmaceutical industry’s intricate challenges, ensuring that companies can focus on delivering innovative and safe healthcare solutions.

Top ERP Systems for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Based on extensive selection experience across the pharmaceutical & biotech industries, we have identified the top ERP solutions that provide the specialized functionality and global scalability required to meet the complex needs of pharma manufacturers.

Selection Criteria and Factors

Our selection is based on several key factors:

  • Manufacturing Capabilities: Ability to handle complex manufacturing processes specific to pharmaceuticals.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Features that support compliance with FDA regulations, GMP, and other relevant standards.
  • Quality Control and Assurance: Integrated modules for managing quality control processes and ensuring product integrity.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: Systems that can adapt to pharmaceutical companies’ growth and changing needs.
  • Data Management and Security: Robust data handling capabilities focusing on security and compliance with data protection regulations.

We believe these ERP systems represent the best in the market for pharmaceutical manufacturers, offering the necessary tools and features to meet its unique challenges.

Our Top Picks

INFOR Cloudsuite Process (Infor M3)

Infor M3 is a robust Cloud ERP tailored for industries such as chemicals and food. It provides enhanced security, reduces overall costs, and eliminates the need for major software upgrades. Built on the Infor OS platform, it extends capabilities with features like data management and AI.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $200/mo
Price Range $70K - $1,000K
Retention Rate
N/A

Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP

Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP is a modern, cloud-based suite offering AI and real-time analytics for manufacturers. It provides automatic updates to streamline processes and improve decision-making. The suite includes modules for financial management, project management, and supply chain management, aiming for faster deployments and lower ownership costs.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $500/mo
Price Range $25,000K - $500,000K
Retention Rate
85%

SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is an ERP system for manufacturers with AI, machine learning, and analytics. It provides real-time insights into manufacturing processes, facilitates quick adjustments to demand changes, and enables better decision-making. The system supports seamless integration with other SAP solutions and is extendible for enterprise-wide processes.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $200/mo
Price Range N/A
Retention Rate
78%

IFS Cloud

IFS Cloud (previously IFS 10.0) is a versatile enterprise software combining ERP, EAM, and ESM functionalities. Started in 1983, its latest version boasts an intuitive user interface built on a component-based, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), emphasizing adaptability across core processes like Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User N/A
Price Range N/A
Retention Rate
N/A

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central is an ERP for small to mid-sized businesses, offering integrated solutions for finance, manufacturing, and sales. It seamlessly integrates with Microsoft tools, offers real-time cloud access, and scales with business growth.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
No Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $175/mo
Price Range N/A
Retention Rate
91%

BatchMaster ERP B1

BatchMaster ERP B1, embedded in SAP Business One, optimizes operations for formula-based manufacturers ensuring compliance and real-time decision-making. Tailored for various industries, it's affordable and easy to install, enhancing efficiency in sales and inventory management.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $300/mo
Price Range $85K - $250K
Retention Rate
N/A

SYSPRO

SYSPRO ERP is a flexible enterprise solution with 40 years of industry-tailored development. It emphasizes user customization, offers cloud and on-premise deployment, and integrates advanced analytics for real-time decision-making, connecting seamlessly with AI and IoT.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $150/mo
Price Range $25K - $500K
Retention Rate
95%

QAD Adaptive ERP

QAD Adaptive ERP is a cloud-based solution for global manufacturers, combining traditional ERP with a modern interface. It integrates features like Financial and Supply Chain Management, complemented by apps like QAD EQMS. Designed for adaptability and growth, it offers 24/7 support and rapid deployment.

Deployments
Yes Icon Cloud
Yes Icon On-Premise
Cost Per User $250/mo
Price Range $25K - $500K
Retention Rate
N/A

Cloud ERP for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Cloud-based ERP systems are becoming increasingly relevant for pharmaceutical manufacturers due to agility and compliance requirements. These solutions offer the necessary flexibility and scalability to adapt to the ever-changing industry and stringent regulatory demands.

Benefits of Cloud ERP for the Pharmaceutical Industry

  1. Enhanced Data Security and Compliance: Cloud ERPs provide robust security measures and regular updates, ensuring compliance with stringent industry regulations like HIPAA and GDPR.
  2. Scalability and Flexibility: Pharmaceutical manufacturing software easily scales up or down based on the company’s needs, supporting small biotech startups and large pharmaceutical corporations.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: With a cloud-based model, companies can reduce upfront costs associated with hardware and maintenance, opting for a subscription-based approach.
  4. Real-Time Data Access and Collaboration: Cloud ERP allows real-time data access from anywhere, facilitating better collaboration across different departments and locations.
  5. Streamlined Upgrades and Maintenance: Regular, automatic updates ensure the ERP system is always up-to-date with the latest features and security patches.
  6. Improved Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: Cloud solutions provide better disaster recovery capabilities, ensuring minimal downtime and continuous operation.
  7. Easier Integration with Other Systems: Cloud ERPs often offer easier integration with various other cloud-based tools and platforms, enhancing overall operational efficiency.

We invite you to read our detailed Cloud ERP Guide for a more comprehensive understanding. This guide offers in-depth insights into the advantages of cloud ERP systems.

Additionally, on our website, you can specifically filter Cloud ERP systems for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This feature allows you to narrow your options to those that best meet your cloud-based requirements.

ERP Features & Requirements for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Selecting the right ERP is crucial for pharmaceutical and biotech companies to optimize complex operations and maintain rigorous compliance. 

The ideal ERP solution will include specialized capabilities to address critical industry requirements:

  1. Formula, batch, and recipe management: Pharma ERPs must provide flexible formulation management of compounds, ingredients, intermediates, packaging components, and production instructions.
  2. Quality management and test integration: Extensive quality testing is required at multiple production stages. ERPs must enforce specifications and integrate lab systems.
  3. Lot genealogy and traceability: End-to-end batch tracking across the supply chain is mandated. ERPs must deliver detailed lot pedigrees and rapid recall identification.
  4. Validated workflows and electronic signatures: Pharma production processes demand rigorous SOP enforcement. ERPs must enable system validations and e‑signatures for complete batch records.

Essential ERP Modules for Pharma Manufacturers

  • Formula Management: Enables modeling, management, and tracking of compounds, intermediates, and ingredients
  • Quality Management (QAM): Automates quality processes, specifications, and tests across production
  • Laboratory Information Management (LIMS): Integrates lab instruments, testing data, and results
  • Manufacturing Execution (MES): Directs and monitors production runs and equipment
  • Warehouse Management: Handles putaway, picking, cycle counts, and other warehouse workflows
  • Supply Chain Management: Plans material requirements, procurement, and logistics
  • Batch Traceability: Provides granular tracking of lots and ingredients.
  • Finance/Costing: Manages financials, cost analysis, compliance reporting
  • Compliance and Validation: Supports system validation, security controls, and audit trails for GxP

Integration with Other Software

  • Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS): Integrates with ERP for efficient management of clinical trials and research data.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM): To manage customer interactions and enhance customer service.
  • Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS): For streamlined human resource processes and compliance.
  • Supply Chain Management Tools: To enhance supply chain visibility and efficiency.
  • Business Intelligence (BI) Tools: For in-depth analytics and data visualization.
  • Scientific Data Management: Research data, clinical trials, etc. to inform pipeline management
  • Enterprise Quality Management (EQMS): CAPA, complaints handling, and other quality processes
  • Manufacturing Intelligence: Factory equipment status, yield analysis, energy monitoring, OEE
  • Advanced Planning and Scheduling: Supply and demand forecasting, material requirements planning

Cost of ERP for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Implementing an ERP system requires a major investment for any pharmaceutical company. Software licensing, services, maintenance, and IT infrastructure lead to high overall costs. 

The complex nature of pharma adds further expenses to ensure systems meet specialized needs.

Key factors influencing pharma ERP costs:

  • Number of users and sites: More users and manufacturing sites drive up licensing fees, implementation, and support costs.
  • Advanced capabilities: Specialized quality, manufacturing, and inventory modules have premium pricing. Integrations with instruments and lab data incur custom development.
  • Validation and GxP compliance: Documentation, risk analysis, and testing to meet regulatory requirements add substantial one-time and ongoing expenses.
  • Customization: Modifying workflows, reports, and integrations to accommodate unique needs requires additional fees.
  • Cloud vs. on-premise: Cloud enables lower start-up costs but may have higher ongoing fees, while on-premise has large upfront infrastructure investments.
  • Data Migration and Security: Costs associated with transferring existing data to the new ERP system and ensuring its security.
  • Training and Support: Expenses related to training staff and ongoing technical support.
  • Initial Setup and Implementation Costs Include installation, customization, and initial training.
  • Ongoing Operating Costs: Recurring costs such as licensing fees, support, and maintenance.
  • Quality Management System Costs: Expenses for advanced quality management tools critical for the pharmaceutical & biotech industries.

We encourage you to explore our comprehensive guide to ERP pricing for a deeper understanding of cost structures and how to budget effectively for an ERP system in the pharmaceutical & biotech industries. This guide will provide the detailed information you need to make an informed decision tailored to your company’s specific needs.

Pharmaceutical Industry ERP Case Studies

At Top10ERP, we understand the power of real-world examples to illustrate the impact of ERP systems. That’s why we’ve compiled a selection of case studies featuring pharmaceutical companies that have successfully implemented ERP solutions. 

These ERP case studies provide valuable insights into the challenges faced, solutions implemented, and the benefits reaped from these systems.

Featured ERP Case Studies in the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Aesica Pharmaceuticals Case Study: Aesica Pharmaceuticals, part of Aesica Ltd, rapidly adapted to China’s accelerated drug serialization deadlines with QAD’s ERP solution. By implementing QAD’s new Serialization module in three months instead of twelve, they met stringent regulations, streamlined operations, and reinforced their market position. This success showcased Aesica’s agility and strengthened its customer relationships in the Chinese pharmaceutical market.
  • Ajinomoto Althea Case Study: Ajinomoto Althea is a contract manufacturing and development company for the pharmaceutical industry. They implemented QAD’s ERP system to integrate their business processes, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and replace outdated manual systems. Key benefits include streamlined quality control processes, warehouse automation, inventory tracking abilities, and readiness for upcoming industry regulations. The new ERP system has allowed Althea to scale efficiently in their new, larger facility. Overall, it has been a successful implementation that positions them well for future growth.
  • Cosmaceutical Research Labs Case Study: Cosmaceutical Research Labs, a contract manufacturer of personal care and pharmaceutical products, implemented BatchMaster’s manufacturing ERP system in 2007 to replace a disconnected set of Microsoft tools. The new system integrated Cosmaceutical’s processes end-to-end, from product development through packaging. Key benefits included a 22% increase in manufacturing efficiency, reduced inventory costs, faster customer quotes with integrated data, streamlined regulatory compliance processes, and the scalability to grow without administrative overhead. Overall, BatchMaster has become the central nervous system for Cosmaceutical’s operations, providing the data accuracy and efficiency needed as they have expanded their business.

Each of these case studies offers unique insights into how different companies in the pharmaceutical & biotech industries have leveraged ERP systems to address specific challenges and improve their operations. For more detailed information on these case studies and to explore additional examples, please visit our ERP Case Studies section on the Top10ERP website.

FAQ Section for Pharmaceutical Industry ERP Buyers

ERP software represents a major investment for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Industry leaders frequently ask these questions during the ERP selection and implementation process:

How does pharmaceutical manufacturing software ensure compliance with pharma regulations?

ERP systems for the pharmaceutical & biotech industries are equipped with features to automate compliance with critical regulations such as FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11, EMA guidelines, and GMP standards. They provide comprehensive audit trails, quality control modules, and sophisticated reporting tools, ensuring adherence to these stringent regulatory requirements. This functionality is vital for maintaining the high product safety and efficacy standards required in the pharmaceutical industry.

Can ERP systems manage the complex pharmaceutical supply chain?

Yes, modern ERP solutions are well-equipped to handle the complexities of the pharmaceutical supply chain. They offer advanced SCM modules that manage cold chain logistics, ensure efficient batch tracking, and optimize just-in-time inventory management. These features are crucial for maintaining the integrity of pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain and ensuring compliance.

How does ERP software support R&D in a pharmaceutical manufacturing company?

ERP solutions significantly bolster R&D efforts in pharmaceutical companies. They provide robust tools for project management, budgeting, and timeline tracking, all crucial for effective R&D management. Additionally, these systems manage research data securely, ensure compliance with research protocols, and facilitate efficient resource allocation. This support streamlines the R&D process, from initial research to clinical trials in the biotech industry.

What are the data security measures in ERP systems for pharmaceutical companies?

Pharmaceutical ERP software prioritizes data security with advanced features like robust encryption, secure data storage, and controlled access. They adhere to stringent data protection regulations, including HIPAA and GDPR, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive patient and research data. This level of security is imperative for protecting proprietary research and maintaining patient trust in the pharmaceutical & biotech industries.

How do you validate an ERP system for GxP compliance?

Validating enterprise software per GxP guidelines demands extensive documentation, testing, and control procedures. ERP vendors offer validation packages for qualifying systems, including user requirements, risk analysis, business process evaluations, data migration scripts, test cases, and revalidation guidelines. However, pharma companies themselves must still thoroughly document GxP-related processes, conduct risk assessments defining areas needing validation, develop system test scripts covering all critical scenarios, perform extensive testing to verify data integrity and system robustness and implement audit trails demonstrating ongoing compliance.

What ERP capabilities are most important for clinical manufacturing?

The production flexibility required for mid-to-late-stage clinical trials relies on purpose-built ERP functionality. Key ERP capabilities to enable efficient clinical manufacturing include adjustable batch sizing aligned to demand; specialty packaging configuration suited to trials; managing higher product variability inherent in trials; direct-to-patient integrated logistics; managing higher scrap allowance; likeness and comparability analysis; and supporting complex trial design, enrollment, and randomization. Unlike generic manufacturing options, leading clinical manufacturing ERP solutions provide these specialized functions out-of-the-box.

How long does pharma ERP implementation take?

Pharmaceutical ERP implementations can range from 12 months for simpler single-site deployments to three years or longer for global programs spanning numerous plants, third parties, and legacy systems. Major contributors impacting implementation timelines encompass technical complexity, legacy infrastructure upgrades required, extent of workflows/processes requiring optimization, data migration volume and sources, system integration requirements, number of unique validation scripts, thoroughness of testing, and skill level/bandwidth of internal teams. With adequate planning, governance, and resourcing, manufacturers can meet aggressive, realistic timeframes matching desired transformation roadmaps.

What questions should a pharmaceutical manufacturer ask ERP vendors?

Right-fit ERP selection for pharmaceutical manufacturers requires asking ERP vendors key questions encompassing the number of validated GxP solutions delivered to pharma clients and measured outcomes; Expertise assisting with GxP compliance, data migrations, and pharma-specific functionality; Examples where the ERP improved clinical manufacturing agility; Hybrid cloud options blending security with flexibility; Cost structure clarity explicating all facets necessary for deployment; And client references running end-to-end pharma operations on the vendor’s platform verifying breadth, scalability and longevity claims.

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