What Is Enterprise Resource Planning Software?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is any of a number of software platforms that bring together customer relationship management, accounting, core HR, and supply chain management features together in a single software. Because of the complexity and number of features available through ERP software, it has been traditionally adopted by large enterprise corporations, but recent years have proved that ERP software is useful even for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

This overview contains high-level information on what you can expect when searching and implementing ERP software. For more detailed information, please refer to the ERP Software Buyer’s Guide, or use our Product Selection Tool at the top of this page to receive tailored software recommendations.

Common Types of ERP Software

ERP software varies widely between systems, industry focuses, and offered features, however, most systems will offer several of these modules:

In addition to department specific modules like those listed above, many ERP platforms are specifically designed for particular industries like manufacturing, field service, or technology. Industry-focused ERP systems package helpful features together, and may offer a useful starting point for those new to ERP software.

ERP Software Comparison: Small Business

Human Resourcesyesnono
Business Intelligenceyesyesyes
Warehouse MGMTyesyesyes
Cloud Deploymentyesyesyes
Industry Specific Software8 Industriesno20 Industries
IntegrationCustom ToolGoogle AppsApp Store


ERP Software Comparison: Midmarket

 NetsuiteSage 300Info

Human Resources

Warehouse MGMTyesyes
Cloud Deploymentyesyesyes
Industry Specific Software14 Industries6 Industries4 Industries
Supply Chainyesyesyes
Asset MGMTnonono

Comparison of Netsuite, Sage, Infor

Choosing an ERP Software Solution

The ERP buying process is complex, filled with customization requests and uncertainty about vendor capabilities. Seeking out third-party help for implementation is common, and in the case of enterprise vendors, usually necessary.

Employing similar help makes sense for product research as well. TechnologyAdvice is a market leader in connecting software buyers to the solutions your business actually needs. Our resources include unbiased, in-depth examinations of technology markets, and we have an entire staff of knowledgeable product experts who will help you narrow down your search to the best options for you.

Contact a Tech Advisor today or use our Product Selection Tool at the top of the page to filter solutions based on your needs.