ERP Vendor Match-Up
It’s never easy to find the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to propel your business forward. With so many vendors crowding the market, you’ll need to develop a strategy to make your ERP search manageable. One of your first steps in ERP selection is to narrow your search to vendors that serve your industry and your business size.
For small to mid-size manufacturers, two solutions stand out: Epicor ERP and Infor SyteLine (or Infor CloudSuite Industrial). Epicor has developed leading manufacturing and distribution software for over 45 years. Infor was founded in 2002 and underwent rapid growth after several acquisitions in 2010. Both vendors support several vertical markets, provide rich features and support cloud and on-premises deployments, but they differ in some important areas. Check out our comparison of Epicor ERP and Infor SyteLine to see which solution reigns supreme.
ERP systems must deliver diverse, innovative tools to give businesses a competitive edge. However, these features can’t make the software too complex for users to navigate. Few ERP vendors can execute a solution that offers both advanced functions and an intuitive user experience.
Infor isn’t one of those vendors. Several Infor SyteLine users have sounded off on the solution’s costly training and steep learning curve. Customers have also commented on the system’s glitches, slow performance and reporting difficulties. Furthermore, Infor has issues with vendor support and lacks professional services resources in many regions. This makes it challenging for customers to gain support for ERP projects or training.
In contrast, Epicor has made tremendous strides to improve its user interface. Epicor 10.2 introduced the personalized home page, which makes it easy for users to drill into reports and find the data they need, when they need it. This simplicity reduces training time and helps businesses speed up user adoption. Additionally, Epicor includes a large network of certified partners who can answer to any client’s software needs. By providing a sophisticated user experience, Epicor promotes greater productivity.
Epicor and Infor are both at the top of their game in providing comprehensive functionality. With a wide array of modules, the software platforms are equipped to take care of a broad range of manufacturing processes, such as accounting, inventory management and quality control. But Infor SyteLine is lacking in some areas.
Infor SyteLine offers an in-depth manufacturing solution, but it lacks support for distribution. Plus, the system requires extensive add-ons and third-party products to meet specific demands. That means businesses must manage multiple databases, resulting in greater complexity and upgrade challenges.
Epicor ERP supports a large range of businesses, including value-added distribution and multiple modes of discrete manufacturing, such as MTO, CTO, ETO and mixed-mode manufacturing. The solution offers industry-specific functionality and has the agility to align with your unique business needs. Epicor provides comprehensive features out of the box while also giving you the flexibility to easily add extra modules and third-party integrations. With Epicor, manufacturers and distributors can fully manage their operations from the top floor to the shop floor.
Whenever you invest in enterprise software, you want to find the solution that gives you the most bang for your buck. Which ERP vendor provides top-of-the-line features without breaking the bank? Which one generates sizable ROI throughout its lifetime?
Infor’s list price is often twice as high as Epicor’s. Even after discounts, you still have to factor in add-ons and training costs for Infor SyteLine. Epicor offers a wider range of out-of-the-box features at a lower price. Its simplicity also makes customizations, integrations and upgrades faster and more affordable. Unlike Infor, Epicor has leading consultants across the globe, meaning you can team up with experts and utilize resources to continue improving your solution—no matter where your business is located. Epicor adds value to your enterprise throughout its lifetime, making it the smarter choice for your wallet.
There’s a reason Epicor has served as one of the most trusted ERP vendors for almost half a century. With comprehensive, user-friendly features, Epicor produces substantial ROI and sets the stage for business growth. Even a reputable solution like Infor SyteLine can’t stand up to Epicor ERP.
At Datix, our certified consultants will make sure you get the most from your ERP solution. We’re an Epicor Gold Partner with extensive experience in multiple manufacturing and distribution environments. You can count on our consultants to execute your ERP project from start to finish. With a wide range of solutions and services under one roof, Datix has what it takes to transform your business with software.
Ready to implement the right ERP solution to elevate your business performance? Get in touch with an ERP expert at Datix today!