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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024
 

Categories and Ranking

Infor M3
Ranking in ERP
12th
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
13
Ranking in other categories
Activity Based Costing Software (8th)
SAP ERP
Ranking in ERP
1st
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
100
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the ERP category, the mindshare of Infor M3 is 5.7%, up from 4.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SAP ERP is 18.0%, down from 23.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
ERP
Unique Categories:
Activity Based Costing Software
4.0%
No other categories found
 

Featured Reviews

RA
Dec 15, 2020
Helps to keep things in order, and they have good technical support that is responsive
We are mainly using this solution in the applications for accounts payable, and general ledgers It has improved the way our organization functions by keeping things in order. The most valuable feature of this solution is the Infor GL tool that allows us to do our application support and…
Srinivasan Kuppuswamy - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 1, 2022
The amazing, robust framework with unlimited scalability earns its #1 status
The solution is not ready for the current e-commerce environment. Its was built for large enterprises who need to predictably optimize their human, material, and financial resources. ERP has evolved and businesses are changing. There are not many large corporations. Most are small enterprises with the capabilities of large enterprises through networking and platform integration. Some companies promote products but get things done with other enterprises as a network. Companies do not want to create new capacity but want to leverage existing capacity with innovative products. They do not want to spend resources on duplicating capacity or facilities. I do not think any ERP product is ready to support this environment so ERPs as a whole might end up being used for back-office functions only. It is not easy to evolve an ERP product because its intent is to integrate functions and processes within an organization. Whereas, in the new business model, processes are not limited to one's own enterprise but cut across different enterprises. There is no enterprise solution as this point in time for the current e-commerce environment so companies must integrate with many solutions.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It's simple to use. You don't need any complex training to use it."
"M3 has several useful features for managing supply chains, production, and customer orders. It's an excellent system that helps me meet all my requirements for fixed costs."
"The user interface and user experience were good."
"Infor M3 has tailor-made packages for each and every industry."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is highly customizable."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the Infor GL tool that allows us to do our application support and development."
"It's very stable, and it handles all types of industrial and manufacturing businesses in very good ways. I've found it to be easy."
"provides all modules, supply chain, HR - it's good for management."
"The most valuable features of SAP ERP is the flexibility and functionality. It is one of the best ERPs I have seen in the market."
"The stability is SAP ERP is not good only because the version is old. They could work on improving the versions."
"Their tech support is always good."
"They provide a full service."
"It is easier to migrate to SAP ERP from a legacy system. We have different products for data services, and it is easier to migrate to SAP ERP as compared to other solutions. Stability is one of the main features of SAP. What makes SAP ERP better than others is that SAP has taken into consideration the business processes of different industries, such as manufacturing. They have done the research, and they know what are the best practices. They have already implemented these best practices in SAP ERP, which are readily available for a client. Clients can also customize it based on their individual needs."
"This product is very scalable and easy to expand."
"The solution provides good production planning."
"The solution is very mature."
 

Cons

"The solution is stable but not agile."
"Sometimes, M3 alone cannot handle all the planning functionalities required by a customer. It has to be used along with industry-specific planning tools because M3 doesn't have all the features. However, no product can handle all the requirements of all the industries. There will be some shortcomings in all the products. Though this is an area for improvement, it is not a very serious shortfall or limitation. It can be covered by using third-party planning applications that integrate with Infor M3."
"It should be improved in terms of procurement of the supply chain and business intelligence analysis. We have the Infor BI tool, but it's more complex to use than, for example, Power Pivot or QlikView in the market."
"The solution's technical support is an area with shortcomings that need improvement, especially the support for the product named M3 rather than the support offered by Infor as an organization."
"It would be great if Infor added some new workflows in the finance module. I'd also like to see better integration with third-party applications."
"Infor should create one product to handle the whole business. At present, they make ERP systems for each type of business, and then sell additional features. I would like to have one system handing all organizations or all the business in deep ways and not have to buy additional features."
"Its initial setup was probably complex, but it is a very good system."
"The solution must provide more learning documents."
"The solution is quite expensive. They need to work on the pricing to make it more reasonable."
"The solution's UI could be better."
"The solution is not ready for the current e-commerce environment."
"Though SAP ERP's FICO module is a strong part of the product, its integration capabilities can be made stronger."
"Their support should be improved. Instead of giving a general solution, their consultants should first try to understand the problem and then resolve the same. They should properly investigate the issue before providing the solution."
"Implementing SAP ERP can be very costly, particularly for smaller organizations with limited resources."
"It's very difficult to find people who are well versed in it."
"I'm only working on the front end with ERP's user interface, which isn't very easy for end-users. It's an old-school interface, so it's often challenging to find what you need."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"There is a yearly licensing cost. The price is based on the modules you need. There are several modules, such as HR module, accounting module, sales module, scheduling module, etc., and the price will vary depending on the number of modules you choose. The customers always say that it's very expensive. It can cost a lot of money if your organization is huge. It's not implemented in a lot of organizations in my country because it's too expensive."
"I'm not part of the team that manages Infor M3 pricing, but it depends on the client, integration, ship-out, and training levels. You get the price from the solution provider, but it would be best to discuss it because nothing is set in stone regarding pricing."
"Infor M3 is a tier-two product and is cheaper than tier-one products such as SAP and Oracle. However, it is more expensive than some other tier-two products. The licensing cost is dependent on the number of users. Also, if you purchase other tools from Infor as a package, then there may be other discounts offered."
"If you compare Infor M3 to SAP, Infor M3 is less expensive than SAP, but if you compare Infor M3 to Dynamics 365, Infor M3 is more expensive. It also depends on the model that you buy. It depends on whether you have the complete package or whether you have separate models."
"The cost is between $50 and $100 per user annually."
"The tool’s licensing is yearly."
"SAP ERP is expensive."
"I don't know the price, but I know its licensing is on a yearly basis."
"I rate the product's price a nine on a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap or affordable, and ten is really expensive. The solution is expensive."
"I am not sure. However, extensions cost approximately $100,000 or$200,000."
"SAP ECC is not cheap but I consider it the best system for managing an organization's data and processes."
"Some components are available at an additional cost, depending on the type of contract that you have."
"There are licensing costs."
"There is a one-time license that is needed to use the solution. The support is what is needed to be renewed annually."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
13%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Wholesaler/Distributor
7%
Retailer
7%
Manufacturing Company
13%
Computer Software Company
12%
Educational Organization
6%
Retailer
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Infor M3?
The product's initial setup phase is easy.
What needs improvement with Infor M3?
I haven't received any complaints from the customers' end related to the product. The product's technical support has certain shortcomings. Sometimes, my company doesn't get a proper response from ...
What is your primary use case for Infor M3?
In my company, I use the tool for back-end data or to control the entries in the back-end database. My company also extracts data, after which it gets pushed to the data lake and data fabric, and t...
Is Anaplan better than SAP ERP?
There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time co...
What do you like most about SAP ERP?
The solution has made the most significant impact on our human resources function, specifically in HR operations and HR analytics. One feature of SAP ERP that I found most valuable is its use of co...
What needs improvement with SAP ERP?
The product can be a little slow when dealing with thousands of employee data.
 

Comparisons

 

Also Known As

Infor Lawson M3, Lawson M3
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Sample Customers

Grosfillex, High Five Sportswear, L_derach, OTK Group, PHS Group, Propper International, Red Wing Shoe Company, Reynolds Catering Supplies, Saudi Diesel, Sheetz, Zeppelin, Zodiac Aerospace
B&G Manufacturing, Unilever, Life is good Inc., Joy Global Inc., City of Cape Town, Bhopal Municipal, Corporation (BMC), adidas Group, Butcher & Packer Supply Company, Franklin Valve L.P., Evoshield, Prime Meats, a Norsan Group company, EMC Corporation, Varian Medical Systems Inc., FC Bayern Mªnchen AG, AkzoNobel Chemicals B.V., T¾V Rheinland, Pacific Drilling S.A., Fire & Rescue New South Wales, University of Amsterdam, Pa_alon S.A.
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