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As recently outlined in our white paper on executing a successful SAP implementation, we recently compiled client feedback on key functionality of the two leading manufacturing software packages: SAP and Oracle eBusiness Suite (EBS).  These metrics, which are based on our database of client employees’ quantitative rating of the two packages as they relate to their business requirements, identify the key strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs of the two packages.  The data was compiled exclusively from our manufacturing clients that short-listed both SAP and Oracle EBS as part of their ERP selection process.

The data reveals a number of interesting facts.  First, SAP and Oracle rate very closely in a number of functional areas, with a statistically insignificant difference of .1 or less:

  • Logistics
  • Customer Service
  • Production Operations
  • Quality Control

There are some modules and functional areas, however, where SAP scores higher than Oracle:

  • Product Scheduling
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Human Resources (HR)

On the other hand, Oracle scored higher in a number of areas as well:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Product and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Product Configurator
  • e-Portals
  • Finance and Accounting

Obviously, these are just averages of much more detailed client evaluation metrics, but they provide a general sense of where the perceived strengths and weaknesses of each of the software packages lie.  It is important to note that a client’s evaluation of a software’s functionality is likely to vary based on it’s unique business needs and requirements.  However, this is one of several data points that can be considered during an evaluation of potential manufacturing software packages such as SAP and Oracle.

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Want to view more independent research related to SAP and Oracle?  View our ERP video that highlights additional data comparing these two ERP systems.  In addition, visit our resource center for the SAP white paper on the topic and watch for additional research from other leading manufacturing software providers.


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