As we enter a new decade and with technology being fine-tuned, customers have a vast range of choice when it comes to selecting the right fit ERP solution for their business.
Historically, SAP and Oracle have been the main players in the market, dominating for a number of years, but with smaller, smarter and specific technology being created they now have more choice and can really drill down to what their needs are to ensure they are correctly moving their business forward using data and customer behaviours.
I have selected my five ERP systems that I feel are going to be the go-to systems this year:
1) Oracle Netsuite
The industries real avant-garde ERP solution has worked itself to the top of the list with other solutions playing catch-up with their cloud offerings. Oracle have improved their financial and organisational offerings and they are reaping the rewards. They had mainly been operating at the mid-market level providing an exceptional solution but now moving into the enterprise market with some great deployments and success stories.
Netsuite is holding its own against some of the larger solutions such as D365 providing real scalability when selecting.
I would say keep in mind that it still has some tweaks to be made but I would suggest ensuring you are fully aware of any limitations when you are selecting.
2) Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365)
It is no surprise that D365 is in my top five, largely because I am a fan and have been apart of some really challenging but successful deployments with my clients who are reaping the rewards of its ability to scale between mid-market and enterprise business models.
Microsoft have built a product which is very flexible and can bolt on seamlessly to other applications which provides less risk and a real ROI. The feedback received from my clients and network is that if they were to start a new D365 implementation they would select the right partner who can facilitate and ensure realistic “go live” dates.
3) Oracle ERP Cloud
I have seen some real growth within the Oracle product line and feel the product is maturing with many of its functions providing a real strong functionality base which entail allows it to hold up well against such counterparts as SAP S/4HANA. The above makes it an attractive proposition when selecting with attractive cost, risk and some core business benefits.
4) Sage X3
Probably not one that comes to mind immediately but a real strong contender in the logistics and manufacturing arena within the mid-market. The low-cost, low risk mantra works well, and they have had some strong success in deployments going up against the SAP and Oracles of the world. The area of improvement is that they are not able to progress in the larger enterprise logistics market and if you have a global presence the functionality may be limiting.
5) SAP S/4HANA
There has been a huge amount of care and investment gone into plugging gaps into the S/4HANA platform which holds itself well amongst the top quartile of solutions for large enterprise companies. They have been smart with ensuring they have acquired smart with Ariba and SuccessFactors to name a few.
The 2025 deadline has seen a low level of conversion to date with not many adoptions in the mid/upper market. There is still work to be done from them and I think ensuring they reduce the limitations they should be in a good market position.
The above are my opinions through talking to my network and being part of implementations, upgrades and feedback, I have received. I would always recommend that you do your due diligence when selecting an ERP solution ensuring you have the right blend of client side resource and business resource to ensure you are pulling the right levers to deliver and lastly please ensure you plan and be realistic when doing so as it can be challenging when going through such a huge bit of change.