ERP Vendors

The basic ten step process for choosing an ERP is:

  1. Identifying the business ‘pain’ that needs fixing
  2. Pulling together the needs for the business together
  3. Review the ERP Guidebooks site
  4. Define Requirements, Objectives and Results you want
  5. Review Shortlist supplied by ERP Guidebooks
  6. Ensure Vendors can meet your needs
  7. Shortlist two Vendors
  8. Conduct an Evaluation
  9. Negotiate
  10. Choose the Vendor and Deploy your solution

This section looks at various vendors at a summary level, where their solutions are targeted and the pros and cons of each. These are the summary reasons of why we make recommendations. We cover some corporate content,  where to find out more information, where they blog, what they tweet etc. They are in no particular order.

  • Oracle
  • Microsoft
  • NetSuite
  • SAP
  • Sage
  • MYOB
  • Epicor


Oracle  offers its database, tools, and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.  Within the applications market it offers E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft.

Oracle has grown primarily through acquisition of best-of-breed point solutions and has merged the JD Edwards Enterprise One functionality into Oracle EBS. Oracle EBS is comprised of over ten product lines, each of them having several modules that are licensed separately. Oracle’s best-of-breed approach, on the other hand, allows for more flexibility to accommodate changing business needs, but this strength can become a weakness when it becomes harder to enforce standardised processes across a larger organisation.

JD Edwards supports the manufacturing industry especially well. It is an integrated applications suite of comprehensive ERP software that supports a wide variety of business processes with one common database. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has an open platform which provides for a broad support for different operating systems, databases, and middleware from Oracle and other vendors. PeopleSoft targets large organizations, especially in the public sector and financial service sector.

PeopleSoft has eight different application solutions such as financials, supply chain, HR, CRM and so on, among which HR and CRM solutions are the most desirable. Before being acquired by Oracle, PeopleSoft suite was initially based on a client-server approach with a dedicated client. The current PeopleSoft version is based on a web-centric design which allows all of a company’s business functions to be accessed and run on a web browser.


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Microsoft Dynamics is a line of business management solutions that enable companies and their people to make business decisions. Microsoft Dynamics offers a range of business applications designed to help midsized businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers by automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship, and supply chain processes.

This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach.  It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customise its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local, rather than centralised large-scale enterprise deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customisable, offering an “integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture”.  That translates into easy customisation, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.



For more information – vist the the ERP Partner blog for Microsoft Dynamics


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NetSuite targets growing midmarket business with its Web-based business-management system. The company’s NetSuite application includes modules for ERP, CRM, e-commerce, marketing automation and more. NetSuite serves customers across a variety of industries, such as software, finance, education, manufacturing and retail.

NetSuite provides online, hosted customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed to help small and midsized companies manage their businesses and automate their processes. NetSuite’s software handles such functions as sales, customer communications, order management, inventory management, finance, e-commerce, time and billing, and Web site management.

NetSuite provides midsize businesses on demand web-based business applications to run their entire company. NetSuite  provides integrated front office customer relationship management (CRM), back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ecommerce in one powerful application with the modularity and flexibility necessary to meet your specific business needs.

NetSuite holds all corporate data in a single database, giving you access to your key performance metrics on a customisable, real-time dashboard and does not require synchronisation between disparate systems.

NetSuite’s hosted, web-based services and solutions are delivered on demand for robust, end-to-end ERP and business process management.

NetSuite Offers products either as standalone or integrated. The major delineations are:

  • NetSuite – for Financials, CRM or Ecommerce
  • NetSuite OpenAir – a version for professional services organisations
  • NetSuite OneWorld  –  real-time global business management and financial consolidation to mid-sized companies with multinational and multi-subsidiary operations.


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SAP has a range of options for potential and current customers

  • SAP Business One
  • SAP Business ByDesign
  • Business All-in-One
  • SAP Business Suite

SAP is one of the leading international providers of business software. SAP has more than 109,000 customers in over 120 countries and employs 53,000 people at locations in more than 50 countries.

Based on SAP’s technology platform NetWeaver, SAP Business Suite is a set of integrated business applications that provides industry-specific functionality and scalability. Although very powerful, SAP can be more difficult to change as a business evolves. This is both a strength and a weakness: it is tightly integrated and helps enforce standardised business processes across an enterprise, but it can be more difficult to modify the software to adjust to evolving core processes and requirements.

SAP’s other core offerings include SAP Business All-in-One and SAP Business One. SAP Business All-in-One is a comprehensive integrated enterprise software which offers industry-oriented solutions. Different from SAP Business Suite, All-in-One focuses on small or midsize companies. SAP Business All-in-One is template-based version of SAP Business Suite.

SAP Business One is a single, integrated application designed for small companies with less than 100 employees. It mainly supports retail, wholesale, services, and manufacturing. With third party add-ons, SAP Business One is able to support over 10 industries.

In order to meet the needs of small or mid-size businesses, SAP now delivers a SaaS solution.  SAP ByDesign supports companies with 100 – 500 employees. As a SaaS-type on-demand system, SAP ByDesign has low upfront costs and may require fewer IT resources than traditional ERP software.


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The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. For more than 30 years, Sage has delivered easy-to-use, scalable, and customisable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, merchant services, time tracking, as well as for the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate industries.

Sage Accpac ERP

Sage Accpac is equipped to meet small- to mid-sized business demands and is able to handle to over 400 users with a choice of operating systems and database platforms.

Bundled with SageCRM, Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite allows organisations to carry out  sales, marketing, and customer service functions for greater cost savings and higher revenues.

With a track record of customers in 169 countries, Sage Accpac provides companies with capabilities to manage their global business including multicurrency and multi-location functionality, multi-jurisdiction compliance, and multiple language versions.

Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3 is a software suite with advanced, simple, and cost-effective business applications designed to meet the functionality requirements of mid-to-large distributors and manufacturers.

It offers first-class integrated functionality in the areas of finance, sales, CRM, inventory management, while remaining affordable, quick to implement, and simple for users

Sage ERP X3 is a multi-audit system available in 8 languages and legislations.





Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability.

Epicor’s ERP solutions help midmarket organizations and divisions and subsidiaries of  Global companies to maximize their most important resources for profitable growth. Solutions are available for a number of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services, hospitality and retail.

At the core of Epicor is an adaptable, collaborative architecture that delivers business management, providing real time, in-context business insight throughout any manufacturing environment.

Epicor is a multidimensional solution uniquely equipped with rich feature sets supporting  environment including make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO), configure-to-order (CTO), mixed-mode, make-to-stock and discrete manufacturing. In addition to a full range of manufacturing capabilities, Epicor extends tools across back-office processes including financial management, customer relationship management, sales and customer service, providing real-time, in context information to employees from the shop floor to the top floor.


Corporate Blog




MYOB is traditionally thought of as the powerhouse small business accounting package in ANZ. They have now extended their product line to include MYOB EXO for medium sized business to migrate to as they grow.

MYOB EXO Business is a complete fully integrated financial and business management system consisting of modules supporting Finance, Job Costing, Point of Sale, Fixed Assets, Customer Management, Reporting and Inventory Control. EXO Business will provide a business management view of an entire operation.

EXO Business is the next step in the MYOB product range and is perfectly suited to organisations that require:

  • A large number of users across multiple locations
  • Stricter control over the general ledger
  • Graphical visibility via management dashboards into how your business is performing
  • Advanced stock management across multiple warehouse locations
  • Importing of stock from overseas suppliers
  • Management of jobs, including, quoting, labour charges, tracking and reporting
  • Assembly of goods
  • High volume of transactions.
  • Compatibility

The Modules in our EXO Business system are part of an integrated business solution and are fully compatible with each other, meaning you can add modules as and when you need to



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SAP Business ByDesign ERP Released in Australia

SAP Business ByDesign has been released into the ANZ market. The Software-as-a-Service solution was originally designed to target medium enterprises with between 20 and 500 employees, and while this is still the main market for the product, it is also being promoted to multinationals requiring a rapidly deployed integrated SAP solution for subsidiaries as part of a two-tier ERP system.

As we noted back in June, SAP needs to get this version right, hence why its local launch has been delayed.

SAP Business ByDesign offers access to a range of SAP modules, businesses can choose which processes they wish to use, with pricing beginning from $11 per user/month for self-service and simple data entry, through to $197 per user/month for full access to the on-demand suite.

SAP is also offering a number of “starter packages” – for CRM, ERP Financials, Manufacturing, and a Professional Services starter package.

The version of Business ByDesign released in Australia has been customised to meet Australian regulatory requirements. While the solution is industry-generic, SAP will undertake some adaptation of the solution for various industry verticals over time, and it is also supporting development partners in customising Business ByDesign for individual sectors.


SAP Business ByDesign due very soon – here come’s the 800 pounder

An elephant’s gestation time is about 22 months – quite a bit less than SAP Business ByDesign has been in a controlled release phase. Well for client’s in Australia, New Zealand, India and China the wait may be nearly over! Local APAC Chief Steve Watts has announced a Q3 Release Date.

But with the release of ByDesign the 800 pound gorilla or ERP vendors will enter the market.

Local pricing has not been released but US pricing is $149/user/month –  which means that you have one common interface performing at least 80-90% of all your business functions including CRM, HR, MRP and ERP.

The market for the product is twofold:

  • large companies that are running SAP products and want a low cost on-demand solution to run their subsidiaries
  • 10-50 person businesses – or SMB’s with an pretty extensive ERP solution

The key to success is SAP’s Partner/Reseller strategy. This will be for two key reasons:

  1. Adding functionality that the core product does not
  2. Market access to SMB’s

SAP has a rich history at partnering well at the top end with SI’s and consulting firms but it has had a relatively restricted channel strategy for SMB’s. This has been by choice and may have restricted the opportunities for the current low-end SAP product BusinessOne.



SAP Business ByDesign Video

SAP Business ByDesign is the new SaaS ERP system from SAP. Some debate if its too late, but knowing SAP, they will have thoroughly built a solid product.

Here’s a couple of promotional videos. Second one includes some idea of time and cost to implement.

Second video