Infor M3 vs SAP S/4HANA comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

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 S/4HANA
Ranking in ERP
2nd
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
102
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the ERP category, the mindshare of Infor M3 is 3.4%, down from 4.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SAP S/4HANA is 15.8%, up from 14.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
ERP
Unique Categories:
Activity Based Costing Software
2.4%
No other categories found
 

Q&A Highlights

it_user787881 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 20, 2017
 

Featured Reviews

Pravinkumar Bhandare - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 23, 2023
The solution is a reliable, stable, and cost-saving ERP
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, it is different than in the US. Sometimes, clients require alternate processes that are not standard, but they claim that these are the standard practices in their industry. At those times, we feel that the option required is not available with the solution. This is not the case only for Infor M3. Other ERPs also have the same problem. We can't mold the ERP to fit the customer's requirements. There are some standards in place because many screens and programs are integrated into the finance process. We can't make modifications to fit the client's requirements. The customer needs specific screens for different users, so if that program is in place, we have one planning tool in Infor M3. Planners need to know all things related to manufacturing, purchase, and sales in order to make decisions about planning. In one of my clients, I came across the requirement that they were asking for user authority in the planning tool. This is not the case though, because all planners need to know all things. However, on the manufacturing side, we can say that the person who is working with machine operations only needs to know machine-related information and doesn't need knowledge of products or sales. That standard industry is available, so we can give access to the user as per their needs. If the maintenance people are there, we can give them limited access, but if the planner is there, we need to give them all access according to industry standards. However, this requirement from the client side is not possible with the standard Infor software, but Infor can consider implementing it if the need is larger for many customers.
MM
May 29, 2024
Provides OData services and processing power to offer real-time data processing and analytics
SAP S/4HANA delivers all essential possibilities to customers for various sections. In the current modern age, we use SAP for graphical outputs, reports, and smartphone accessibility. If users want to see financial outputs via diagrams, we use SAP by Design. For specific confirmations via mobile app or web app, we use few other applications. If users want only source forms and not hard copies, we use AR forms. The most advanced functionality in S/4HANA is the OData service. It's crucial because everyone wants to integrate third-party applications with SAP S/4HANA. SAP HANA uses advanced OData services, integrating with Azure HANA. We also use SQL services and Java security, allowing every language to interface with SAP, choosing tools specific for our requirements.

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"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 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."
"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."
"The product's initial setup phase is easy."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is highly customizable."
"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."
"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 most valuable feature of this solution is the Infor GL tool that allows us to do our application support and development."
"I have no issues with the stability of the product, as everything seems to be fine."
"It is a scalable solution."
"The processes have been reduced from almost 10 steps to four or five steps. It's really been simplified."
"The finance solution and procurement functionalities are good."
"The speed of executing reports has increased significantly. We no longer need day-minus-one business processing."
"I have found the most valuable features are the interface, which is very good for all users, and the database performance is good."
"A robust product with integration between all modules."
"Our customers use the solution mainly for their business uses like HR operations."
 

Cons

"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."
"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."
"We can't make modifications to fit the client's requirements."
"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."
"The implementation could be simplified, it's complex."
"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."
"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 product's technical support has certain shortcomings. Sometimes, my company doesn't get a proper response from their end."
"The solution could be more user-friendly for regular users and developers."
"It would be very good to merge the SuccessFactors or other solutions with S/4HANA to make it one suite. They could have a single dashboard for all types of products. I have many embedded solutions."
"There are certain limitations of the cloud version for customization."
"SAP S/4HANA is an expensive solution."
"The migration to SAP S/4HANA is hard."
"MRP repost area should be improved. The production information report also needs to be improved."
"It's an expensive solution"
"The scalability could be better."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The tool’s licensing is yearly."
"The cost is between $50 and $100 per user annually."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The price of the solution is reasonable but some modules can be expensive. When comparing SAP S4HANA to other solutions, such as Oracle, it is not expensive."
"I would rate the pricing at around six to nine out of ten depending on the edition and deployment type."
"This is not the cheapest solution on the market, so you need to invest seriously in it. As a solid product, it has a solid price. It's definitely one of the more expensive tools on the market, but it's also one of the best products on the market."
"The price of the solution is expensive."
"The price of SAP S4HANA could be cheaper."
"I have found the price of the solution is on the medium to the expensive side of the scale. There is a license for this solution and there are additional maintenance fees."
"The tool's price can be reasonable for large organizations, but it might not be suitable for small organizations with a small number of users."
"It is on a quarterly basis. There are no additional costs. There is just the standard fee."
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Answers from the Community

it_user787881 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
In general, if you are looking for a strong HRIS, Quality Management, then SAP has the upper hand. In areas such as Finance, Manufacturing, Inventory etc. both packages offer similar functionality. SAP excels in Product Technology as well.
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it_user677427 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 19, 2017
1. With respect, an analysis needs to start with the customer’s requirements (industry, revenue, headcount, geography, business goals, budget, timeline, risk assessment etc) before any meaningful analysis can be undertaken. 2. Why wouldn’t the Customer start with what’s already in the public domain (see below) AND 3. Why wouldn’t the Customer ask for each vendor to provide their own analysis of their product and the target competitor product, and then go from there with data sets 1. 2. and 3. respectively? httpsr://rsupply-chain-management.softwareinsider.com/compare/31-32/M3-Supply-Chain-Management-vs-SAP-ERP https://erp-systems.zone/system/infor-m3,sap-s4hana https://www3.technologyevaluation.com/store/top/sap-erp-vs-infor-m3-erp-comparison-report.html
it_user550998 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 19, 2017
I’m sorry, but I can’t actually comment on Infor Lawson M3 as I have no experience with that application. If there are specific questions pertaining to S/4HANA functionality, I would be happy to offer perspective.
 

Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
14%
Manufacturing Company
12%
Wholesaler/Distributor
8%
Retailer
6%
Educational Organization
35%
Computer Software Company
10%
Manufacturing Company
9%
University
4%
 

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...
Are there any advantages of SAP S4 HANA over SAP Business One (SAP B1) apart from the cost?
SaP Business One is a complete solution for business management. The software applications are broad, ranging from accounting to project management and human resources. It is very versatile and com...
What needs improvement with SAP S4HANA?
The product could be improved in several key areas, particularly in API granularity and ease of configuration. It is typical for new technology to initially lack the full functionality of older sys...
What is your primary use case for SAP S4HANA?
Our company provides SAP services for the SAP ECC version and the latest SAP S/4HANA version running on the SAP HANA database. SAP S/4HANA is used by SMEs, large enterprises, and Fortune 500 compan...
 

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Also Known As

Infor Lawson M3, Lawson M3
SAP S4HANA
 

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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
Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.
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