Top On Premise ERP Software Systems
SAP (ETR:SAP) is the world's largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) software manufacturer. SAP retains more than 35,000 enterprise customers in more than 120 countries. The company produces accounting software, distribution and supply chain management software, manufacturing systems, HR and payroll solutions and CRM software systems, however, SAP is not known for deploying individual line of business applications and instead has become infamous for fully-integrated, enterprise-wide ERP deployments and centrally facilitating all line of business applications across the enterprise. With such a grand business software scope, SAP implementations are highly complex and not for the faint of heart. As stated by analyst Jim Shepherd in a 2008 AMR Research report, " ... this is typically a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to transform the business."
Founded by the infamous Larry Ellison, the database and enterprise software giant is the arch rival of competitor SAP. Oracle (Nasdaq:ORCL) also delivers accounting, distribution, supply chain, manufacturing, HR, payroll and CRM software solutions. Despite Oracle's growth by acquisition model, the company has shown success in integrating acquired products and retaining the customer bases of its acquisitions.
Infor is an aggressive growth by acquisition roll-up that has become the third largest ERP software company in the world (behind only SAP and Oracle). Infor acquires enterprise software companies and then claims to make the ERP applications better through continuous innovation, faster implementations, global enablement, and flexible buying options. Infor was recently named the Most Influential Private Technology Company in the World as part of analyst firm Aberdeen Group's survey and report titled "2009 State of the Market: Mid-Year Insights Report."
QAD (Nasdaq QADI) was founded in 1979 by Pam and Karl Lopker who remain its majority shareholders and President/CEO. The ERP and manufacturing software company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California and supports over 6000 licensed sites in over 90 countries. The company employs approximately 1500 staff world-wide. QAD's core competency has always been its ERP “flagship” but since three major acquisitions in 2006 (Precision Software (Dublin, Ireland), Bisgen (Chesterfield, England) and FBO Systems (Duluth GA)), the company's software suite has increased to include logistics management, CRM and EAM solutions.
Microsoft Dynamics GP, NAV, AX, SL
Microsoft (Nasdaq; MSFT) purchased its way into the ERP software industry with the acquisitions of Great Plains Software in December 2000 (shortly after Great Plains had completed its acquisitions of Solomon, RealWorld and FRx) and then the acquisition of Navision Software in July 2002 (shortly after Navision had acquired Axapta). While the original intent was to merge the four overlapping ERP software systems into a common code base, the project (known as Project Green to insiders) missed nearly every milestone and proved overwhelming for even the world's largest software company. Since then Microsoft has been unable to articulate a clear strategy for four overlapping and even competitive ERP software products which all serve a common small and midsize business (SMB) market. Despite a clear message, Microsoft retains an impressive Value Added Reseller (VAR) channel and four mature ERP software products that retain the second highest global SMB customer base in the world.
Based in North Park, England and with the largest operating division headquartered in California, The Sage Group PLC (LON:SGE) is the software publisher of the market leading MAS90, MAS200 and MAS500 accounting software solutions. Each of the progressive accounting applications is best suited for the SMB market and with over 70,000 users the MAS90 edition has clearly been the most successful product for Sage. The company's MAS lines compete directly with Microsoft's Dynamics lines. Sage MAS90 line was developed using Providex which is a Business Basic Extended (BBX) programming language. The technology is dated and scalability is much less than direct competitor Microsoft. However, Sage's accounting software solutions are generally considered much easier to use, faster to implement and less costly to maintain.
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