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Manufacturing organizations today have more than 200 different manufacturing ERP software solutions to choose from. To help navigate this challenge, we developed a report highlighting what we believe to be the top ERP systems for the manufacturing industry based on our experience and research. 

Before you download the 2019 Top 10 Manufacturing ERP Systems Report, here’s a quick overview of some of the highlights from the Tier I ERP vendors:

SAP

As one of the largest vendors in our report, SAP makes large investments in research and development. SAP has recently invested in its manufacturing execution system (MES) by leveraging artificial intelligence. When tracking defects, for example, the MES system provides near real-time information by relying on the Internet of Things (IoT).

SAP S/4HANA is the product we highlight in the report. One of the product’s key strengths is its operational purchasing capabilities that use machine learning to propose material groups.

One thing to consider when evaluating an SAP product is the systems’ complexity. In our experience, implementation durations can range from nine months to more than 18 months, depending on complexity as well as the rollout methodology.

2019 Top 10 Manufacturing ERP Systems Report

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Infor

Infor is another large ERP vendor that is consistently developing innovative products. Infor’s products for process manufacturers are designed to increase operational efficiencies by allowing easy adjustments to formulas before and during production.

Earlier this year, Infor enhanced its supply chain management (SCM) functionality to leverage digital technologies, such as big data, machine learning and IoT. The SCM system can be purchased as part of a full suite of solutions.

The product we feature in our report is Infor M3. This product has deep industry-specific functionality and provides analytics that use in-memory processing.

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics solutions have a familiar user interface and suit organizations of all sizes.

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, the product featured in our report, features a spatial-planning application that helps users visualize shop floor layouts in a 3D real-world scale. The solution has been redeveloped as a pure SaaS model, but also can be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud. 

Dynamics D365 continues its reliance on a partner ecosystem to develop niche functionality. Partners are currently in the process of understanding niche IP development for the new version of Microsoft Dynamics.

The Ideal Manufacturing ERP Software

The ideal manufacturing solution should address the entire supply chain, from product inception to customer delivery. It should have functionality to track suppliers, materials, production costs, maintenance and customer relationships. Ultimately, it should increase operational efficiency and provide full visibility into manufacturing processes and business data. Transforming your manufacturing organization requires technology that drives efficiency and enables full supply chain visibility.

While it’s helpful to compare the strengths of various ERP systems, the best solution for your business depends on your unique needs and situation. We hope the 2019 Top 10 Manufacturing ERP Systems Report helps you evaluate the solutions we’ve deemed the most viable manufacturing ERP vendors in the market.

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