Mid-Sized Alternatives to SAP, Oracle ERP

Mark J

Updated · Apr 26, 2010

ERP products from SAP and Oracle may not be the best fit for a medium-sized
business, as the companies cater for large complex businesses. Computer Weekly
looks at alternative ERP products and offers advice on what to look for when
selecting a mid-market ERP.

“Even companies that are strong internationally, may not offer the same product in every region, warns Gartner analyst Christian Hesterman. For instance, he says, ‘Lawson S3 is primarily used in the US public education and healthcare sectors, while the N3 product is focused on food, textiles and beverage businesses in the rest of the world.'

“Hesterman says the product should be good enough in most areas, but businesses will need the flexibility to adapt it. The alternative to having the flexibility to
customize an ERP system is a product suite that has been specifically tailored for an industry sector.

“Microsoft Dynamics AX is one example of such a product that Gartner has identified. Hesterman says, ‘Microsoft has a clear strategy to let the channel [resellers] build in functionality, then buy back the functionality and integrate it into the core product.' This approach has put the AX product at the top of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for mid-market ERP.”

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