What ERP Software Is Best for Beginners?

By Jack SteinLast Updated September 3, 2020
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Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be a challenging decision for many businesses. An ERP system is a kind of software that integrates other kinds of business software into a centralized interface and allows for the efficient and uniform transmission of information with defined controls. ERP systems are categorized based on the scale and complexities of the businesses served into tier I, II, III and IV ERPs. Tier III and IV ERPs don't have a government classification, as they are meant for midtier and small enterprises.

The scale, scope and capabilities of ERP systems vary widely, so it’s important to choose one that fits your organization’s needs. Whichever system you choose, however, it should have a common database, the capability for real-time operations and an easy-to-use user interface. The following ERP systems meet those requirements and can be used across many fields.

Epicor ERP Software

Epicor ERP is a modular solution that can help business owners that are otherwise unfamiliar with ERPs to manage and streamline operations across all organization levels. It's ideal for small and large businesses alike, although it particularly shines when used for efficiently centralizing retail, automotive and manufacturing processes

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The system sports an array of features for coordinating scheduling, supply chain forecasting and fulfillment and many other common business tasks. Its e-commerce platform is also ideal for managing how customers interact with the online face of your organization. Best of all, Business Intelligence and Analytics for Epicor ERP provides numerous data tracking and visualization tools for understanding what’s working in your organization and what isn’t as it happens.

Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is one of the best free online ERP available, and it’s designed with business owners who may be unfamiliar with such technology in mind. Unlike many of its competitors, this ERP is also cloud-based, which allows it to be quickly ready to use rather than needing onerous installation and customization processes.

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Company intranet, human resource (HR) management, workflow automation, marketplace integration are just some of the features offered by Bitrix24. Users can enjoy communications services like video conferencing and virtual private branch exchange (PBX). The software also allows document, planning and project management.

ERPNext Software

Ideal for wholesalers, retailers and distributors, ERPNext is used by more than 3,000 enterprises and offers features that help with financial accounting as well as human resources, project and inventory management services. You can choose either the cloud-based or on-premise versions for managing your tasks. However, it's important to note that the cloud-based solution is priced on a per-user basis.

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Over 5,000 companies have chosen to use ERPNext. What’s more, GettApp, a peer review website, lists ERPNext as a top-performing software based on verified buyer reviews.

Dolibarr Software

Dolibarr lets you integrate apps like PayPal, Google Contacts and WooCommerce to manage your sales and payment protocols. It's suitable for small and midsize businesses as well as non-profit organizations and startups.

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Features include order and shipping management, e-commerce, contract and expense management and more. It's compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. Dolibarr can be installed as a cloud-based version on a shared network or as a standalone application.

SYSPRO ERP Software

Established in 1978, SYSPRO ERP is specially designed for centralizing operations in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, with additional focus placed on financial, warehouse and inventory management. Your entire supply chain can be maintained and simplified using the array of tools and data visualizations provided by the system.

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In addition to the usual range features, SYSPRO ERP also makes it easy to recall lotted and serialized merchandise. You can also manage warranty contracts and schedule in-house and remote maintenance services.

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