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How do SAP ERP systems stack up against the competition?

Last updated:November 2018

Editor's note

SAP is synonymous with ERP. It's a market leader, and it offers an ERP system for organizations of all sizes, in most -- if not all -- industries and verticals, and with any common IT architecture.

While SAP's wide-ranging ERP offerings help ensure it has a product well-suited for an organization's needs, it means organizations have many choices to make, which can delay and stymie adoption.

Selecting the right ERP software, whether it be one of SAP's ERP systems or one from its competitors, begins with first identifying needs and budgets. ERP implantations are complex affairs and may involve a complete IT and infrastructure overhaul. Or, maybe it won't. SAP and its competitors are expanding into the cloud with mounting velocity, even public cloud offerings like AWS and Microsoft Azure.

There are five main SAP ERP systems:

  • SAP ERP Central Component
  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud
  • SAP Business One
  • SAP Business ByDesign

In addition, SAP ERP systems compete for market share with Microsoft Dynamics 365, Infor's ERP systems and Oracle's numerous ERP offerings, which include the following:

  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and NetSuite
  • PeopleSoft ERP -- Oracle acquired PeopleSoft
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Fusion Applications
  • Oracle ERP Cloud

While there are dozens -- if not hundreds -- of other ERP options, SAP, Infor, Microsoft and Oracle have the largest market footprint.

Any serious buying decision entails researching all possible options, including vendors, to determine which fits the enterprise best. For ERP, "best" most often correlates to ROI.

ERP is unique in that successful execution requires significant buy-in from the organization. A new ERP system can disrupt and upend established processes, which has high potential to sow division and discord.

That's why selecting the right ERP vendor hinges not only technical concerns, but also how well the vendor supports ERP adoption in the enterprise, including resources for training and ensuring users and IT are on board with the new systems and technology.

This Buyer's Guide outlines these considerations, comparing major ERP options in terms of realizing ERP ROI, while taking a deep dive into the lineup of SAP ERP systems. As previously mentioned, the ERP market is large, varied and mature. For more information, please see SearchERP's Cloud ERP Buyer's Guide, and ERP Buyer's Guide.

1SAP ERP vs. Oracle vs. Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Infor CloudSuite

SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and Infor represent the market leaders in ERP. Any buying decision should explore these vendors and their products, with an eye for which can best deliver ERP ROI. Here, we explore the unique approach of each to ERP implementation and adoption.