Some Key Vendors
SAP: They are the largest ERP solution provider with more than 75.000 customers and 12 million users and holding around 30% of market share. The flagship Solution, R/3 is unmatched for its sophistication and robustness. R/3 software gives an option of around 1000 pre-configured business processes.
This solution is available in all major currencies and languages and can be hosted on several Operating Systems and Databases. As mid market option, SAP has brought out, Business All in One, a solution with industry tailored configurations. SAP offering for smaller organization is SAP Business One. SAP offers a hosted solution, namely SAP Business by Design, for organizations lacking IT resources.
Oracle: Oracle is next to SAP in ERP market breadth, depth and share. It offers a comprehensive, multilingual and multi currency solution, mostly through its channel partners.. It is the first to implement internet computing model for developing and deploying its product.
Oracle also took over various ERP solution providers during 2000 such as People Soft, JD Edwards, Retek (retail industry solution), and Siebel (customer relationship management software). It has taken up project Fusion (based on Service Oriented Architecture) to integrate various products, outcome of which is keenly awaited.
Infor: Infor is of recent origin and expanded through a number of acquisitions. Its acquisition of SSA global during 2006 made it a forerunner as ERP solution provider. SSA global had two strong product lines, BPCS and BaaN. SSA also made a number of other acquisitions, such as MAPICS, Lily Software Associate and GEAC. SSA is focused on building, buying and integrating best of breed solutions.
Microsoft Dynamics: Microsoft, which did not have an ERP portfolio, started by acquiring a host of ERP products like Navision, Solomon, Great Plain and Axapta. Excepting Axapta, which is strong in manufacturing and suitable for mid market, other products are meant for smaller organizations.
Microsoft is much dependent on channel partners, not only for sales and consulting but also for add on development. Their solutions are closely integrated with their office suit.