If companies want to survive in the highly competitive marketplace, efficient and smooth business management is essential. This is where enterprise resource planning systems come into play. ERPs optimize business processes, integrate departments, automate workflows and enable faster decision-making. In our current market overview, we compared 41 ERP solutions. Within 16 categories and 263 criteria, you will find all the information about ERP systems that will help you find the right solution for you. The summary of the market overview is available for download.
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Enterprise resource planning systems – an all-rounder for business processes
ERP systems are essential tools for companies of all sizes that want to design their processes efficiently and in a structured manner. ERP stands for ” enterprise resource planning” and refers to a software solution that integrates and automates all business processes within a company. This means that different departments such as finance, sales, production, purchasing and human resources can communicate seamlessly with each other within a company – and this naturally allows companies greater control over their business processes. ERP systems consolidate all information onto one platform. This also allows companies to avoid creating data silos, as the systems provide a central source of data. With their scalable and customizable features, ERP systems help companies adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. In short, ERPs enable companies to simplify their operations, increase efficiency and thus improve their competitiveness.
But which systems currently exist on the market? And what do the functions of ERP solutions look like in detail? We have addressed these questions in our market overview of ERP systems.
Categories of the market overview enterprise resource planning systems:
As in our last market overview of DAM systems, we have again looked at a wide variety of categories among enterprise resource planning systems.
- General information about the software providers
- Languages of the user interface of the tools
- Industry focus of the providers
- Basic functions of the solutions
- General interfaces of the ERP solutions
- Sales functions
- Order and invoice management
- Price functions of the tools
- Purchasing management and goods receipt
- Warehouse management
- Shipping functions
- Accounting functions and cost accounting
- General reporting functions
- Legal criteria
- Additional services of the providers
- Price approaches of the solutions
We compared these enterprise resource planning systems:
USP (according to their own statement): Billbee offers a comprehensive but easy-to-use order processing, item management and automation solution for multichannel retailers. The focus is on saving time and working across channels in Billbee as an easy to set up and use cloud-based tool.
References: The Female Company, Zoé Lu, sober, SiAura Material
USP (according to their own statement): “Best practices in all areas of the company. Exceptional service quality. Cooperative further development with customers. Updateable customizing (open source) also by the customer himself”.
References: GEWO GmbH, Mavig, Ettinger GmbH, Maurer Electronic GmbH; IBA Dosimetry GmbH
USP (according to its own statement): “We are characterized by the fact that we offer everything from development to consulting from a single source without external consultants. This means that our customers have a contact person who knows their company and its processes very well and can provide support. In addition, our customer adaptations are completely updateable.”
References: RAS Reinhardt Maschinenbau GmbH, Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG, MINDA Industrieanlagen GmbH, HEGLA GmbH & Co. KG, Sollich KG
USP (according to their own statement): “Easy integration into the company – no on-site installation. Local as on-premises solution or hybrid solution on a German server. Fast training, because of intuitive operation. All business areas are linked and all information is immediately available. Individual programming adaptations possible, as small agency with a lot of customer proximity and customer service”
USP (according to their own statement): “High functionality, high flexibility, high customizability
dynamics 365 Finance & Operations
USP (according to their own statement): “Everything runs on a platform that is modular and expandable with low-code”.
References: Mercedes, Volkswagen, Otto, Datev, KPMG
USP (according to their own statement): “All in one solution for installers and service companies/ particularly strong in project and service business”.
References: SPIE Osmo, MAB Meldeanlagenbau GmbH, WTG Sicherheitssysteme GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “Flexible and scalable through software modular system on low-code basis.”
References: BPV Group; CMPP, MuHTec, Obstbaron, SPS-Motorsport, Ruthmann GmbH, SSP Konsumgüter Trade & Consult
USP (according to their own statement): “Optimal industry functionalities, developed on the basis of decades of experience in our core industries.”
References: Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, BÄKO-ZENTRALE eG, Linnenbecker GmbH & Co. KG, G. Elsinghorst Stahl und Technik GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “Configuration of a perfectly digital operating system – without programming (no-code) – is precisely controllable, secure & traceable, inexpensive at a fixed price with contract for work & warranty, and quickly implemented.”
References: Grimm Pulverlack, Beissbarth & Müller, Peter Electronic, Amann Textil/ISCO, BMB
USP (according to their own statement): “Web-based ERP solution for plastic injection molding”
USP (according to their own statement): “Future-proof ERP system thanks to modern interfaces (APIs): industry-independent, flexible, modular. The software is oriented towards the requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises. HS – Hamburger Software has been a digitization partner with excellent service for more than 40 years.”
USP (according to their own statement): “IFS offers award-winning solutions for companies that want to get the best out of themselves, whenever it matters to their customers – at their moment of service.”
References: Andritz, Doppelmayr, Aston Martin, hlastrup-walcher, REMA Tip Top
indigo Fashion Software
USP (according to their own statement): “Cloud-based, fast, reliable, connection to almost all major partners (Amazon, Zalando, Otto, AboutYou), integrated PDM system, integrated PLM system, integrated EDI system”
USP (according to their own statement): “The focus is on people. Easy to use and implement. The system grows with the company. It is 100% DSGVO compliant. In addition, individual customization of processes is possible. //JASMIN-ERP also has a CRM system and HR management module.”
References: Witherm GmbH, KarlUlrich Bauunternehmen GmbH, BTEG GmbH, Anvisgroup
USP (according to their own statement): “Real-time production data improves effciency and resources; QM modules ensure production quality without costly complaints; Planning and Dispo modules optimize schedules and lead times and increase customer satisfaction; Flexible interfaces (IoT) enable real-time data in production and supply chains; Lean manufacturing features reduce inventory costs and increase productivity”
USP (according to their own statement): “JTL-Wawi is the “control center” from which merchants can efficiently control their entire online trade. A multitude of other in-house solutions can be connected to the merchandise management system – from store systems to marketplace interfaces to warehouse management and much more. JTL-Wawi is a modularly configurable all-in-one solution and is free of charge as a basic version.”
References: Reishunger, Schiffer Service GmbH, Grillador, Wecando Großhandels GmbH, r2-bike-com
USP (according to their own statement): “Workflow-based ERP processes at all levels, automation through artificial intelligence and transparent audits through blockchain technology.”
References: Taifun Tofu, Cosmetic-Service, MSK Pharmalogistic, Deltamedica
USP (according to their own statement): metasfresh ERP is a state-of-the-art, agile, license-cost-free ERP software, developed by metas GmbH from Germany. It is the first license-cost-free open source ERP system for medium-sized companies in industry and commerce in the DACH region that is competitive with market-leading proprietary systems. The product has been validated by Fraunhofer IML since 2022.
References: InterCheese AG, Solarius GmbH, Spavetti AG, Tisso Naturprodukte GmbH, Yousty AG.
munixo Software Plattform
USP (according to their own statement): “Convenient and intuitive operation. Automation of processes. Cost and effort reduction for your IT. Increased efficiency and transparency for your company. Security through future-proof technologies”
References: University Computer Center Darmstadt, Xenium AG,Transo-Pharm Handels-GmbH, Allgäu Milch Käse eG, H. Leiter GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “Management of all assortments of retail, trade and gastronomy (hotel) merchandise management in one client; different POS connections also within one installation.”
References: Bahlsen, Backwerk, Stuttgart Airport, Belantis
USP (according to their own statement): “Easy to use, Highly Customizable, Simple Integrations.”
References: CCBS, OSHEE, UKD, HJC
USP (according to their own statement): “Especially for project service providers (mainly management consultancies, engineering companies and engineering companies), customized, scalable, configuration options, various interfaces, cloud solution, all services from a single source, software customizations.”
References: KVL Bauconsult GmbH, RITTERWALD Unternehmensberatung GmbH, KleRo GmbH, Robot Automation
USP (according to their own statement): “The ERP software PAK has been co-developed by our customers over the last 40 years, making it one of the best ERP software especially in the plastics industry. The “look and feel” familiar from Office, an interface that requires almost no training, can be used quickly and easily with favorites, ribbons and quick functions. An overall system that leaves hardly anything to be desired.”
References: MEKUplast GmbH & Co. KG, Pan-Plast Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH, GKV Graupner GmbH, Adomeit Kunststoffe GmbH & Co.KG, GOTEC Gorschlüter GmbH, Heinrich Axmann GmbH & Co. KG
USP (according to their own statement): “With Pickware ERP, daily tasks are completed quickly. From order entry to picking to shipping, you find all functions in one place.Central overview of all inventories. Intelligent demand planning. Full support in the shipping process.”
References: Wormland, Alpha Industries, Dr. Hauschka, Coffee Circle, Campingshop-24, BWT
USP (according to their own statement): “Omnichannel: There are connections to over 50 online marketplaces & price portals, to all common online store systems as well as the in-house store system plentyShop and the checkout system plentyPOS. Mapping and automated implementation of all processes in online and offline trade. Flexible extensibility and individualization of the software via REST API and plugins.”
References: Melitta, Wacken Open Air, Rollei, WMF, Lucky Bike
USP (according to their own statement): “ERP for steel and metal construction with unique selling points
USP (according to their own statement): “Consistent functions across all business areas in one solution, always up-to-date thanks to regular releases, quickly implementable and rapidly deployable solution, regular innovations immediately usable, mobile deployable, clear, modern and intuitive user interface, modern public cloud solution.”
References S/4HANA Cloud: Unzer GmbH, WhiteWall GmbH, SABO-Maschinenfabrik GmbH, abl solutions GmbH
References SAP Business byDesign: SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH, best it AG, Synapticon GmbH, KEEPERsport GmbH, Simplon GmbH, Q.ant GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “ScipioERP is a scalable, modular Java e-commerce system with a focus on international use. The multi-shop system is easy to customize, performant and has a number of modern third-party connections. Modern themes are also available.”
References: jewellerybox.co.uk, japanflavour.com, sedo.com, buchhandel.de
USP (according to their own statement): Based on SAP Business One, end-to-end digitization, ERP – MES – APS
USP (according to their own statement): “Flexible standard solution”
USP (according to their own statement): “Stahl Control supports processes of the steel trade and steel service centers, offers a long service life with the greatest possible customizability and simultaneous updateability of the standard components.”
USP (according to their own statement): “teamspace is a software for small and medium-sized service companies that can be used to digitize all important company processes in a proven all-in-one solution.”
References: kühn & weyh Software GmbH, con|energy consult, tetronik Kommunikationstechnik GmbH, brandwerk consulting group
TimO - Time Management Office
USP (according to their own statement): “We cover the entire value chain.”
USP (according to their own statement): “TOPIX stands for all-in-one software solution with all-round service (manufacturer, provider, supervisor at the same time) and more than 30 years of experience. TOPIX already maps the most important processes in the standard version. The system is also highly adaptable for individual requirements and offers maximum flexibility with application for cloud, on-premise, MacOs, Windows and a scalable subscription model.”
References: Bayer 04 BayWa Mobility Solutions GmbH, Robers-Leuchten GmbH & Co. KG, inexio, ComLine GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “GOB is highly specialized in ERP software consulting and complete IT solutions. We can look back on more than 1,500 successfully completed international and national projects. This experience has been incorporated into the development of our unitop solutions. Today, we offer our customers a comprehensive range of functionalities as well as in-depth industry knowledge.”
References: boesner GmbH, reuter GmbH, UnionStahl GmbH, Lukas-Erzett GmbH & Co. KG
USP (according to their own statement): “Detailed personal consulting and analysis, automation of core processes, field service app for service customers; interface expertise for retailers.”
References: Modellbau Härtle, Kayoo, Protectura, Plan.tec, FTC Functional Fitness GmbH
USP (according to their own statement): “We see ourselves as partners! A good software becomes a strong companion of a company only through first-class services. Through structured planning, we guarantee a smooth process of all projects and, of course, we also support our customers with personal consulting and support after the introduction of the VARIO ERP software.”
References: Holzapfel & Cie. KG, CONTIGO, LOGO Buchversand GmbH, Motorrad Burchard GmbH
VIENNA Advantage ERP/CRM
USP (according to their own statement): “Extensible, Open Source, No Code, Low Code, High Scalability”
USP (according to their own statement): “To enormously simplify the everyday work of small and medium-sized companies. Whether CRM, merchandise management or accounting – with weclapp teams can control all important business processes in an all-in-one software. From customer management and order processing to invoicing and financial accounting. weclapp has already been voted “ERP System of the Year” 4x.”
References: FAZUA, BETTER BE BOLD, IcoSense, Hülskötter und Partner, Naughty Nuts
Price approaches of the providers – ranging from two euros to 100,000 euros
Depending on the scope of the software solutions, their pricing also differs. In our market overview, we asked the providers about their starting prices. The lowest-priced provider in our comparison starts at a price of two euros. At the other end of the price scale is a software with a starting price of around 100,000 euros. But what ultimately determines the price? A decisive factor in the price structure of enterprise resource planning systems is the number of users. This shows that the more people use an ERP solution, the more companies usually have to pay for the system.
The number of licenses issued also affects the total price of the software solution. Another factor: the module scope of the ERP systems. The number of modules required can vary greatly from company to company, and so can the total cost. Some of the providers in our market overview also offer a free basic version. So if you want to start small and try it out first, you can do so to a certain extent at no cost.
Languages of the user interface
In order to ensure smooth use for all employees, ERP systems should be available in different languages. Especially for companies whose teams are scattered around the globe, a wide range of languages is important so that the software is easy to use for everyone. In our overview, we asked the providers about the languages that are available for their ERP systems. Almost all solutions (40 of the 41 providers) are available in German. German is therefore the standard language for the systems we compared. The majority of providers also offer English as a user interface language – an important criterion for international companies. Some of the providers even cover languages such as Russian and Japanese. The range of languages offered by enterprise resource planning systems thus varies considerably from one software provider to another.
Basic features: these are the features offered by ERP systems
There are a large number of ERP systems on the market. So how can companies choose one of the systems? Clearly, a close check of the range of functions is the decisive point. Of course, the first thing to look at are the basic functions. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff. For example, if there are deficits in one of the systems for the task in hand, it is better to go for a system that meets your own needs.
In our market overview, we have of course highlighted both the basic functions and a large number of additional functions, be it order management, shipping functions or warehouse management. In addition to the range of functions, the interfaces to other software solutions also form an important part of our market overview. After all, a system as central as an ERP should be able to be linked as seamlessly as possible with other tools and systems.
The ERP systems compared offer a tailored solution for every company need. But how do companies make the right choice? ERP systems are available with a wide variety of functions and in a wide range of price classes. The decision for a suitable system ultimately depends on various factors and individual preferences. The important thing is that the system must fit seamlessly into the existing system landscape. Only then can it contribute to optimizing the processes in the company.
Are you interested in further software comparisons? Then take a look at our other market overviews.