Infor M3 vs SAP ERP comparison

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We performed a comparison between Infor M3 and SAP ERP based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ERP solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"Its ease of use is most valuable. Inquiries are transparent, and it shows good information on each screen. We don't have to go to 14 different screens to find out about one item, which is a big advantage.""Infor M3 has tailor-made packages for each and every industry.""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 feature of Infor M3 is the level of detail it has about the different manufacturing processes compared to other ERP solutions. Other ERP solutions provide the same level of integration as Infor M3, but Infor M3 specializes in several functions, such as planning and manufacturing.""Infor comes up with different tools every year, and they are all compatible with Infor M3, which makes it a more reliable and trustworthy tool. The integration is very smooth.""It's simple to use. You don't need any complex training to use it.""The most valuable feature is the ability to cover different types of activities, and the requirement for maintenance and data is very low."

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"SAP ERP provides the perfect database and options for additional production. It's also good for finance analytics, production drill-down, and other types of analysis.""The solution has far more features, processes, and functionalities than we previously had.""The solution is very mature.""Well-integrated multilingual technology.""The initial setup was straightforward.""SAP is already working on improvements by doing annual releases with enhancements.""If you are well versed in SAP, the initial setup is pretty simple.""Their tech support is always good."

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"The solution is stable but not agile.""I would like to have some kind of dashboard to show an overview of different data on the same dashboard or on the same screen instead of moving to BI.""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.""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.""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.""We can't make modifications to fit the client's requirements.""An area for improvement in Infor M3 is training. There should be more training resources available for clients. Clients also find it challenging to get consultants or integrators for Infor M3. The product doesn't have enough resources in the market to help clients.""Its initial setup was probably complex, but it is a very good system."

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"The initial setup is complex.""Customizations are a bit expensive.""Lacks sufficient technical support with slow response times.""Functionality could be improved.""The initial setup of SAP ERP is complex and it took a lot of time.""In previous generations, SAP was stable and the roadmap was very predictable, but currently it's very difficult.""The warehouse management could be better.""The service could be more user-friendly in the area of transition codes."

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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."
  • "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."
  • "The cost is between $50 and $100 per user annually."
  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "SAP is a bit on the costly side, but they also provide support and other things. We are paying for licenses and the use of the cloud."
  • "SAP ERP is expensive."
  • "When you have a solution that is stable, reliable, and has a high performance as this solution, the price is going to be expensive. However, when you evaluate the service you are paying for the cost is quite reasonable for this solution."
  • "We pay annually for the use of this solution."
  • "I don't know the price, but I know its licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "The solution can cost approximately $1 million a year for maintenance for a small-size company and can grow from there. Approximately $1 million is needed for a good-size company."
  • "There is an annual subscription for the use of SAP ERP."
  • "It could always be cheaper. They don't have a very easy model of licensing, but large entities would get the upper hand in negotiating the license."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Infor M3 has tailor-made packages for each and every industry.
    Top Answer:Different countries have different finance practices, but I believe they need to fine-tune their practices to match industry standards. Practices vary from country to country, for example, in India… more »
    Top Answer:Infor M3 is used in major European countries, including India. This is the Infor M3 that has specialized ERP packages for every industry, such as equipment, food and beverages, textiles, and… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of SAP ERP are the integration between all departments, such as purchasing, finance, trading, and sales.
    Top Answer:Hi, I would improve FI modul  to be able to automatically raise non-production invoices (currently we use t- code FB70) based on some schedule. We have in our company cases where the same… more »
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    Also Known As
    Infor Lawson M3, Lawson M3
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    Infor M3 offers ultimate flexibility in operations, technology, and scale. As a multi-site, multi-country, and multi-company solution, M3 empowers your organization to adapt to changing business needs. It provides flexibility in managing mixed-mode and complex environments, with the agility to make quick adjustments at any time. Written in Java, M3 also gives you platform independence and choice.

    SAP ERP addresses the core business software requirements of midsize and large organizations in all industries and sectors. SAP ERP includes four individual solutions that support key areas of enterprise resource planning: human capital management, financials, operations, corporate services.
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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.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company23%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company8%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Infor M3 vs. SAP ERP
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Infor M3 vs. SAP ERP and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
    686,748 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Infor M3 is ranked 10th in ERP with 8 reviews while SAP ERP is ranked 1st in ERP with 47 reviews. Infor M3 is rated 8.4, while SAP ERP is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Infor M3 writes "The solution is a reliable, stable, and cost-saving ERP". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP ERP writes "The amazing, robust framework with unlimited scalability earns its #1 status". Infor M3 is most compared with Infor LN, Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Infor CloudSuite Industrial, whereas SAP ERP is most compared with SAP S/4HANA, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Anaplan, SAP Business One and Infor LN. See our Infor M3 vs. SAP ERP report.

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