Epicor® vs. Infor ERP

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It’s never easy to find the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to propel your business forward. With so many vendors crowding the market, you’ll need to develop a strategy to make your ERP search manageable. One of your first steps in ERP selection is to narrow your search to vendors that serve your industry and your business size. 


For small to mid-size manufacturers, two solutions stand out: Epicor® ERP and Infor SyteLine (or Infor CloudSuite Industrial). Epicor® has developed leading manufacturing and distribution software for over 45 years with three reacquisitions in the past five years. This year, Epicor® is changing hands from private equity giant KKR to Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC. Infor was founded in 2002 before undergoing exponential growth that continues to the present. Both vendors support several vertical markets, provide rich features, and support cloud and on-premises deployments, but they differ in some important areas. It is time to take a look at the evolving ecosystem of digital transformation.

Check out our comparison of Epicor® ERP and Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) to see which solution reigns supreme.  


User Experience 


ERP systems must deliver diverse, innovative tools to give businesses a competitive edge. However, these features shouldn’t make the software too complex for users to navigate. Few ERP vendors can execute a solution that offers both advanced functions and intuitive user experience.  


Infor is one of those customer-first vendors. They provide comprehensive courses that allow users to master the use of its advanced tools and fully customizable user interfaces and are equipped with a rich network of vendor support, field services, and professional services that are centrally located in-house and Infor’s partner portal. With no third party go-between, customers gain convenient support and maintenance directly from Infor’s partners and personnel.


Epicor® has made strides to improve its user interface with the introduction of v10.2, which makes it easy for users to drill into reports and find the data they need. This solution’s simplicity reduces training time and helps businesses speed up user adoption. Additionally, its support network is spread across different certified partners, third-party providers, and forums that provide more information once these platforms are found.


Comprehensive Industry Functionality  


Epicor® and Infor are both at the top of their game in providing comprehensive functionality. With a wide array of modules, the software platforms are equipped to take care of a broad range of manufacturing processes, such as accounting, inventory management, and quality control. But Infor shows its true strength with industry-specific solutions. 


Infor ERP offers in-depth solutions that span across 10 different industries with at least two solutions per industry. Plus, the systems have extensive add-ons to meet a business’s specific demands. That means businesses have complete system control over a vast array of integrations, resulting in a greater reduction in complexity and upgrade challenges while significantly improving the power. Infor products and solutions help the following industries (and their subsectors) fully manage operations:


  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Consumer Products
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Services
  • Fashion & Retail
  • Asset Management
  • Sales & Service
  • Supply Chain

Epicor® ERP value-added distribution offers a few modes of discrete manufacturing, such as mixed-mode manufacturing. The solution offers business-specific functionality and has the agility to align with your business needs. However, the software comes with out-of-the-box features and modules that allow integrations. Manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and retailers can fully manage their operations.


Software Cost 


Whenever you invest in enterprise software, you want to find the solution that gives you the most bang for your buck. Which ERP vendor provides top-of-the-line features without breaking the bank? Which one generates sizable ROI throughout its lifetime? Does it come with upgrades and industry-specific modules?


To give its users a more affordable solution, Epicor® offers a range of out-of-the-box features that promote simplicity and add-on modules in broad industry formats. Additional updates, modules, and industry customization are not included upon release and are sold separately.


On the opposite side of the spectrum, Infor generates its value by providing continuous solution improvement. Users are provided updates and industry specific modules upon release automatically at no additional charge with experts help to install upgrades.


The value added to your enterprise throughout its lifetime is yours to calculate.


Wrap Up  


At Datix, our certified consultants will make sure you get the most from your ERP solution with a business first approach. Our extensive experience within Epicor® and Infor environments give us the unique ability to be a one-stop-shop for all of our client’s software needs. You can count on our consultants to execute your ERP project from start to finish and beyond. With a wide range of solutions and services under one roof, Datix has what it takes to transform your business with software.  


There’s a reason Infor serves as one of the most powerful and trusted ERP solutions. With comprehensive, user-friendly features, Infor produces substantial ROI and sets the stage for true business growth. 


Do you have questions on what ERP solution is right to elevate your business performance? Get in touch with an ERP expert at Datix today!