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"The solution has other core processes that can be implemented with customers according to their needs.""This software scales very well across various implementations.""Flexible to set up an organization with multiple locations.""Great finance modules and customization.""The order management is excellent.""It is scalable.""ERP is a valuable feature of this product.""The technical ability to run runtime APIs is great."

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"SAP is already working on improvements by doing annual releases with enhancements.""The most valuable features are the claim management.""The transactional integration of operations is the best-recommended feature of this product. It provides integration of all operational modules.""The most valuable feature is the robust workflows that SAP provides to us in our organization. Overall, I find it the best ERP solution compared to other similar solutions.""Their tech support is always good.""It has a lot of integrity of data, and it is fast. All the users feel that they can trust this data. So, data integrity is the most important value of SAP.""They provide a full service.""The solution has a lot of good integrated modules."

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"There are some business-specific processes still not implemented.""They don't have built-in bank integrations, which would be very helpful.""It would be nice to have more web services.""The user interface could be better. It's not good because they made their interface all in one, and my customers don't want to use it. I have to customize the interface and personalize it to hide some fields on the screen. It has lots of information on the screen, and the user can't easily navigate it. It's very difficult to use. I think that Oracle should have something like best practices. They need to provide some patches to simplify the interface based on the industry niche. Because now we see everything on the same screen, but the users don't need all that information. It's complicated to use for end-users, and we have to spend more time training them. In the next release, I think they should implement most of the features in the mobile app. It should be better. Oracle didn't update their mobile application for a very long time. Connecting the mobile application is complicated.""Areas for improvement would be that sometimes it's a bit rigid with customization and doesn't always facilitate region-specific requirements.""Administration takes some effort. Administrating the technology stack is not so complex but application aware database administration and following the new methodologies like online patching can be a little complex and time consuming. Oracle should ease the administrators jobs and do some innovation on this administration area as well. Oracle Autonomous Database is Oracle's leading technology these days. Using a similar approach, application stack may become a little more self-managing.""The solution needs to be updated with modern technology as it currently runs on the Java platform, JWE, which is obsolete and requires you to need an API supported browser.""There are some cycles in HR that are not straightforward."

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"I always prefer using an S/4HANA system.""Could be more user friendly.""The flexibility in using the software could improve. I am from a product background and I've been testing a lot of applications, for example, Informatics. The UI, features, and cloud version could improve.""Functionality could be improved.""When evaluating the current version I am using now, the SAP GUI is old-style and needs to be replaced with something more modern and easy to use. However, the SAP GUI is very optimized for connection networks and is extremely good. Many people would like to have a WebGUI or something else to have access in a different way. Additionally, there could be some drag and drop functionality added because these features are normally in any website that this solution does not have.""The system is very big. It is not exactly user-friendly, due to the fact that it's so massive and complex.""License fees are too high.""It is very expensive to customize to meet compliance with regulations in some countries."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "In order to minimize the implementation and consultancy costs, business lines should have proper definitions. They need to have a proper way of retrieving their data, which should be structured well."
  • "Both the current projects and future projects should be defined well. Licensing should be done according to current and near future plans."
  • "USD $100,000 annually."
  • "Considering the market at the moment, Oracle needs to adjust the pricing of this solution."
  • "This product is more expensive if you compare it to SAP."
  • "The pricing of the solution is at about $700-$750 per year."
  • "Licensing and costing of Oracle EBS is very complex. We recommend to use a system integrator during the negotiation process since Oracle sales representatives sometime do not know the actual minimum requirements and may oversell the necessary licenses through ignorance."
  • "At our various customers, the software tends to pay for itself in less than two years."
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  • "This is a costly product."
  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "Some components are available at an additional cost, depending on the type of contract that you have."
  • "The licensing costs are slightly on the higher side. They need to make it more competitive."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
    Vincenzo Catalano
    author avatarRoland Zuurveld
    Real User

    For starters, I would stop comparing tools, and start looking at my business and what I want to achieve. So identify objectives and what's blocking achievement, define quality outcomes  for the obejctives you want to achieve and build your businesscase on efficiency improvement. What earnings, savings, benefits are achieved when meeting your obectives.
    Based on the blocking issues you identified, build use cases and challenge vendors to prove their outcome by building a PoV (Proof of Value). 
    Basically start looking for what improvement your business and processes need, rather than start looking for a tool. After all a tool is just a tool.

    author avatarGene Hammons
    Real User

    As a followup, I would not 'assume world class ERP has these features covered'. 

    We've seen several actual cases of RFP's (which is why we no longer rely on this outdated capital procurement process to evaluate strategic deployments) - but we've seen where several vendors will check YES to the RFP question concerning a certain feature. Company A does the certain feature well, with a single click. A couple other vendors do it OK, and a couple of the YES answerers require everyone to log out of the system, balance the outlying modules, jump through 6 undecipherable processes, and then YES - it does that. 

    If that particular feature is something you need 15 or 20 times a day, well, you're probably starting an expensive and long running development effort if you picked the wrong ERP. 

    The main point is, ERP evaluations need to be a defined process by which you don't make assumptions, skip steps, and your methodology should be repeatedly proven across multiple instances, industries, and shown to deliver with different internal teams (who's mileage may vary). 

    ERP has the potential to be wildly successful and given a solid business case, provide the tools for your staff to create substantial returns. It also has the potential for abject failure, and that potential for failure is north of 80%, industrywide. So your choices are whether you are comfortable with a big pile of money or a large vat of risk. 

    Only you can determine your comfort zone. 

    author avatarOkay Akdeniz
    Real User

    1. Your business is well defined?

    SAP ERP = Company has to organize my directions. Microsoft ERP = I have to organize the company's directions. 

    2.Which industry do you stay in? In the SAP is more suitable for "Manufacturing", ERP is more suitable for "Retail and Distribution". The rest of the industries are the same difference.

    3. Your business logics are too complicated? Microsoft Dynamics can be adapted easily.

    4. On-Premise vs Cloud? On-Premise = SAP, Cloud = Microsoft

    5. Reporting? It's too hard to access Microsoft Data today. Because no one can be accessed the operational data directly.

    6. Commerce? Microsoft Commerce platform is well defined for omnichannel commerce.

    I think.

    author avatarDaniel Robus
    Real User

    Do you want to do it for a specific purpose or to tick a box? 

    Lets assume you are looking for system deployment. I would focus on the key areas of your business rather than what Gene has listed below, which is looking at point for point comparisons. (The Panorama report is SUPERB for getting up to speed....)

    Then look at weighting for specific key business differentiation opportunities - such as single global instance for multiple companies, integrated CRM into Finance and Operations, off-line capabilities for customer facing processes, seamless transfer of customer conversations from one channel to another.

    Then ask for client references to answer 5 key questions:

    - Are they live?

    - how was the deployment support from the OEM/partner and what was the % work split required to go live (as in your input vs partner vs OEM)

    - how many customisations were requried to achieve xxx (your key areas)

    - would they use the OEM again and what would they change going forward

    Then look at demonstration from the OEM and costing for the solution

    I would not go on a tender for each and every feature and function because we assume world class solutions have these typical areas covered.

    Happy to discuss how to do this practically if required. Daniel@liferocksconsulting.co.za

    author avatarGene Hammons, MBA

    I think Panorama Consulting Group publishes some of their ERP shootouts comparing SAP/Oracle/Microsoft with Infor thrown in as a bonus. 

    Our firm is more of a boutique operation that compares internal company requirements then picks software known for its propensity to work well in those industries/environments. But if you get to the stage where you need some guidance on who some of the top partners and resources are for those software packages, hit us up. 

    Questions from the Community
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    This is a world-class application that includes a lot of business processes from other ERPs that Oracle has acquired.
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    This is a highly-priced application and would not be affordable for small or medium business domains (although their cloud-based applications are cheaper).
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    Areas for improvement would be that sometimes it's a bit rigid with customization and doesn't always facilitate region-specific requirements. In the next release, I would like to see a more flexible… more »
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    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 »
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    The Material Management and Sales and Distribution modules are great. The Financial Accounting module is also great.
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    One module that is not doing well is HR. It should be less complex. It should also have better integration capability. I am using the ACC version, and in this version, the integration and the… more »
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    Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance.
    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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    Colab, Portobello, Saudi Telecom Company, DG Khan Cement, Dubai Holding
    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
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Local Government7%
    Computer Software Company37%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Oracle E-Business Suite is ranked 3rd in ERP with 35 reviews while SAP ERP is ranked 1st in ERP with 41 reviews. Oracle E-Business Suite is rated 7.4, while SAP ERP is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle E-Business Suite writes "Highly scalable: Supports scale-out architecture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP ERP writes "This is the best solution of this kind but has weakness in budget planning for certain user groups". Oracle E-Business Suite is most compared with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, PeopleSoft, Oracle HCM Cloud, SAP S4HANA and NetSuite ERP, whereas SAP ERP is most compared with Anaplan, IFS Applications, Infor M3, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and SAP Business One. See our Oracle E-Business Suite vs. SAP ERP report.

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