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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is used by organizations of all sizes across Canada to oversee and integrate all activities, functions, and departments of the business in a single system. ERP systems handle processes including manufacturing, logistics, distribution, inventory, shipping, invoicing and accounting. ERP applications can also control business-side functions including sales, billing, and human resources management. Enterprise Resource Planning software is related to Accounting software, Distribution software, Human Resources software, Inventory Management software, Logistics software and MRP software. Browse all ERP systems to find the best agile planning tool for your organization in Canada.

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Acumatica Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning system helps small and mid-sized businesses thrive in the new digital economy. Learn more about Acumatica Cloud ERP
Acumatica Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning system provides best-in-class functionality for small and mid-sized companies, making all business management data accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device. Acumatica’s consumption-based licensing charges for resources used, not per individual user. Control orders, projects, payroll, financials, CRM, field services, inventory, and more with a single, adaptable system tailored to your needs and designed to help you thrive in the new digital economy. Learn more about Acumatica Cloud ERP

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Multiview ERP is a highly scalable fully-integrated suite of financials that is highly configurable to several industries. Learn more about Multiview ERP
Multiview ERP is the highly scalable software, developed, implemented and sold by Multiview Financial Software. Designed to be the final ERP your organization will need to implement, Multiview's highly scalable and configurable setup allows for coverage across several different industries and a variety of business processes. Multiview's integrated suite of financials, coupled with the data warehouse, ViewSource360, can allow for a single source of truth for a business' journey to end month end. Learn more about Multiview ERP

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Retail Operating System - ERP alternative used by Shopify to automate the inventory & order management of their hardware. Learn more about Brightpearl
ERP alternative - A Retail Operating System used by Shopify to streamline and automate the inventory management and order management of their hardware. Also part of the Shopify Plus Global ERP Program. Manage your Inventory, Orders, Warehouses, Purchasing, Accounting, CRM, POS & Fulfillment in real time across all your sales channels. Designed for omnichannel retailers and wholesalers to handle everything after the buy button and fully integrate with major e-commerce platforms and marketplaces. Learn more about Brightpearl

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NetSuite ERP lets you run your entire business on a single integrated cloud platform. Learn more about NetSuite
NetSuite cloud ERP provides the tools and insights companies need to operate effectively by operating core processes. Run your entire business with a single, integrated suite of applications for managing accounting, order processing, inventory management, production, supply chain, and warehouse operations. Get real-time visibility into financial and operational performance across your organization, whether you have a single location or multiple subsidiaries. Learn more about NetSuite

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MRPeasy is a powerful yet easy-to-use manufacturing ERP software for small manufacturers and distributors (up to 200 employees). Learn more about MRPeasy
MRPeasy is a cloud-based manufacturing ERP system purpose-built for small and medium companies. It combines affordability and ease of use with powerful production and inventory management functionalities, including production planning and scheduling, bill of materials (BOM) control, procurement and order management, manufacturing CRM, serial number and stock lot tracking, shop floor control and reporting, and much more. Stay organized with accurate scheduling and reporting tools, always know your production costs and lead times, create accurate quotes in minutes, optimize the inventory and reduce waste, stay compliant with end-to-end traceability, and use built-in integrations with your choice of e-commerce, fulfillment, financial, and other business apps. Gain a complete overview of your manufacturing or distribution operation with MRPeasy. Start your free trial. Learn more about MRPeasy

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A user-friendly ERP system with accounting, inventory, manufacturing, and barcoding tools suitable for single or multi-company use. Learn more about ALERE
ALERE is a perpetually licensed ERP solution designed for organizations $5 million+ in size that require a private, highly modifiable, vertically integrated solution to run their critical operations. ALERE offers a suite of integrated utilities that include intuitive, highly automated accounting, manufacturing, barcoding, and inventory management solutions. These tools enable thousands of users and stakeholders to enter, retrieve, modify, and report on business and manufacturing activities with the organization quickly and accurately. ALERE's adaptable toolsets enable it to be readily integrated into the workflows of nearly any industry with little to no modification while still retaining the option to be customized later to tailor the fit if required. Organizational data resides completely within the control of the customer, enabling it to be accessed, controlled, or ported as the organization sees fit. ALERE also offers multi-company functionality for more complex situations. Learn more about ALERE

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Total ETO is an ERP/MRP, providing better collaboration, efficiency, and accuracy for Custom Machine Builders. $7,500/year for 5 seats. Learn more about Total ETO
Total ETO is a Totally Better ERP/MRP, providing better collaboration, efficiency, and accuracy for Custom Machine Builders. We integrate with popular accounting and CAD systems, which saves your team from paperwork and double entry. In fact, you’ll LOVE working with our Dynamic BOMs! Total ETO is easy to implement and use, affordable, and backed by a team of industry experts with a passion for the success of every client. $7,500/year for 5 seats, including implementation and training. Learn more about Total ETO

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Comprehensive and fully integrated end-to-end user-friendly ERP platform. Industry specific features. Learn more about Rubicon ERP
We understand the unique challenges manufacturers and distributors face. From streamlining complex processes, to enhancing collaboration across departments, Rubicon is here to be the backbone of your enterprise, providing the stability, and the agility, necessary for success. Rubicon ERP is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the industries we serve. Rubicon ERP software is user-friendly and our team of experts is here to provide ongoing support and assistance. Technology is most effective when it is accessible. Rubicon's feature rich, web-based platform allows users anywhere, anytime access to an intuitive and easy to use software, allowing our clients to do more with less. In addition to our US based support team, we have dedicated ourselves to your industry and have embedded industry-specific best practices into every facet of our system, ensuring that it aligns with the unique needs of your industry allowing you to scale at your pace. Learn more about Rubicon ERP

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All-in-one equipment business management software solution purpose-built for rental, sales, and service operations. Learn more about Texada
Founded in 1984, Texada leads in rental equipment management, serving 400+ global customers with API integrations from top OEMs like Caterpillar and John Deere. Its cloud-native platform streamlines integration across sales, rental, and service. Texada Rental Management merges systems into one solution, enhancing fleet readiness and efficiency. Key Features Seamlessly manage rentals, inventory, and payments. Track repairs from any device. Optimize delivery routes with real-time tracking. Enable customers to manage bookings and view invoices online. Why Choose Texada Rental Management ? Optimizes operations, ensures timely equipment delivery, and supports decision-making with an intuitive interface and powerful analytics. Enhance productivity and profitability with effective mobile engagement and real-time insights. Benefits Enhance operational efficiency and customer service for increased profitability. Manage fleet status and operational metrics for timely insights. Learn more about Texada

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A flexible, affordable and comprehensive ERP solution designed for use in most manufacturing and distribution-based businesses Learn more about ERP123
ERP123 is an innovative and comprehensive ERP software solution designed for implementation in small to mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. Built by IntegrateIT, ERP123 is the result of our mission to continually reduce the delivered cost of ERP systems while improving the results. With a wide breadth of industry experience, our team of professionals will support the implementation of ERP123 within your business, thereby ensuring your success. Get to know the ERP123 difference Learn more about ERP123

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ERP software for custom, mixed mode manufacturers, and make to order manufacturers. Learn more about M1 ERP
M1 is subscription cloud-based quote-to-cash ERP software for manufacturers, enabling you to tie your business operations together in one system to centralized your data. It allows you coordinate and share data across various functions within your business from sales, inventory, scheduling, production, shipping, and more. M1 is also built for CMMC and ITAR compliance for manufacturers who need to maintain regulatory compliance. M1 helps you grow and increase profitability. Learn more about M1 ERP

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Progressus, built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (ERP), is designed to boost profitability for project-driven organizations Learn more about Progressus
Boost profits for your project-based business with Progressus, a project accounting software built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (ERP)—a separate purchase required. Progressus extends Business Central's power with specialized features: > Project planning and accounting: Manage projects from start to finish. > Resource management: Get the right people on the right projects. > Detailed reporting: Gain valuable insights for better decision-making. > Multi-company support: Handle projects with partners and subcontractors. > Analytics and insights: Ensure on-time, on-budget project delivery, most often. Note: Requires Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Learn more about Progressus

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A comprehensive web-based and 100% paperless shop management system for small to medium manufacturing companies. ERP/QMS/MES and more! Learn more about ProShop ERP
A comprehensive web-based and 100% paperless shop management system for small to medium manufacturing companies. Built to manage the complex manufacturing environment better than anything else on the market - by an order of magnitude. Never before has there been a system that gives you such insight into every detail of your manufacturing company. ProShop is 100% paperless ERP/MES and QMS software. We typically replace 3-6 other software systems with ProShop for managing your whole company. Learn more about ProShop ERP

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Manufacturing software provider for make to order manufacturers and job shops in many industries. Offering Total Shop Floor Control. Learn more about REALTRAC
Realtrac Shop Management System is a software company specializing in manufacturing software for machine shops, job shops and make to order manufacturers. The company was founded in the heart of a machine shop and has served the manufacturing industry for over three decades. The program is used by thousands of users across North America. The Real Time Software is very easy to learn and use and boasts the lowest total cost of use software on the market. Operational in Days, Not weeks or Months. Learn more about REALTRAC

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Enterprise Resource Planning Software. 100% cloud-based platform. ISO & FDA quality management integration. Get a free product tour. Learn more about QT9 ERP
Enterprise Resource Planning software made easy. Integrate data from different software tools and locations with QT9's cloud-based ERP solution. Better manage costs and reduce waste. Our interconnected platform includes modules for Bill of Materials, Supplier Management, Accounting, Inventory Control, Manufacturing Management, Job Scheduling & more. Digitally transform operations with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 electronic signature approvals & quality management integration. Get a free product tour. Learn more about QT9 ERP

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ONEIR SOLUTIONS INC Making Businesses More Competitive...Today and Tomorrow! Learn more about Oneir
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software by Oneir Solutions Inc make mid size and growing businesses more competitive. In particular, businesses that operate with remote locations and have sales reps on-the-roadno matter where they are or how many. Wholesale distributors, retailers, service companies, process and discrete manufacturers, (job shop) or a combination of these all take advantage of Oneir Solutions best of breed ERP software products to evolve your competitive edge. Learn more about Oneir

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SAMpro Enterprise ERP provides contractors one comprehensive system able to manage field service and construction responsibilities. Learn more about SAMPro Enterprise
SAMPro ERP's end-to-end integration allows firms that need field service software and construction software the ability to automate and streamline, all while reducing costs and increasing revenue. SAMPro Enterprise by Data-Basics is one of the only field service software systems on the market today that offers contractors powerful tools to accommodate both in one complete ERP package complete with CRM, Business Analytics, Mobile Field software, customizable management web portals and more. Learn more about SAMPro Enterprise

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Cloud-based, accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory control, warehouse management and eCommerce. Good alternative to NetSuite. Learn more about Accolent ERP
ADS Solutions' Accolent ERP software is fully-integrated, end-to-end, ERP software suite for small and mid-sized distributors and light manufacturers, with 5-200 users. Cloud-based, web-architected, solution built on 40 yrs experience. Delivers accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory control, warehouse management, multiple eCommerce options and multiple API integrations. SaaS pricing makes it easy to scale users up. Intuitive, modern interface helps businesses get implemented in no time. Learn more about Accolent ERP

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Tecsys Elite™ Distribution ERP offers all the tools for demand planning accuracy, improved inventory and smarter order management. Learn more about Tecsys Elite
Built for distributors, Tecsys’ Elite™ Distribution ERP gives you visibility into every facet of your operations so you can make smarter, faster decisions. Our customers range from small and midsize distributors looking to scale, to large distributors with multiple global divisions. Learn more about Tecsys Elite

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At FieldServio, we know that you’re the field service industry experts, that’s why our ERP software is configurable to your business. Learn more about FieldServio
FieldServio is a complete enterprise resource planning business software designed specifically for industrial distributors. Our ERP software is a configurable all-in-one system with the following built-in: Accounting and Financials, Sales/Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Inventory Management, Mobile Field Technician App, Rental Fleet Management, Contracts, Service and Operations Management, and more. Built into a single system for field service management optimization, FieldServio helps you gain a competitive advantage in the industrial distribution industry and get a significant return on investment. Our complete business software is made for leaders in the field service industry including businesses in air compressors, generators, boilers, forklifts, industrial batteries, and more. Whether you’re a small, medium, or enterprise business, FieldServio is the enterprise resource planning software that will exceed your demands. Learn more about FieldServio

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Shop Management ERP system for job estimating, cost tracking, scheduling, inventory, receiving, shipping, and accounting. Learn more about Visual EstiTrack
Visual EstiTrack ERP is an on-premise platform for managing your shop. Create and send job estimates in as little as 5-minutes. Completed estimates are converted automatically into sales and shop orders, immediately displaying throughout your shop on interactive touch scheduling boards. Touch scheduling boards allow shop personnel to see important job-related information without relying on paper while tracking job costing and progress in real-time. Learn more about Visual EstiTrack

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An open-source suite of integrated apps to manage CRM, PoS, Website, eCommerce, Sales, Accounting, Warehouse, HR, Marketing, and more. Learn more about Odoo
Odoo is a completely customizable, fully integrated, all-in-one open-source software packed with hundreds of expertly designed business applications. Odoo offers up everything a business needs to run efficiently, such as CRM, Sales, Project, Manufacturing, Inventory, and Accounting, just to name a few. Regardless of size or budget, Odoo is tailor-made to help companies grow with their wide array of efficient, easy-to-use business solutions. Learn more about Odoo

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All-in-one job management software for professional services firms. Learn more about Projectworks
All-in-one job management software for management consultancies, engineering, architecture, and software companies. Improved resource-booking, increase utilisations, maximized billable hours, and more accurate forecasts are key results seen by customers of Projectworks. All companies see positive impacts on their bottom line - so check out Projectworks and get empowered to become more profitable today. Learn more about Projectworks

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Kantata is purpose-built to help professional services orgs elevate performance and unlock their potential. Learn more about Kantata
The Kantata Professional Services Cloud is purpose-built to help organizations with 50 to 5000+ employees unify resource management, project management, financial management, business intelligence and team collaboration all in one solution. Elevate your performance and unlock your potential with better operational execution throughout the entire professional services project lifecycle. Learn more about Kantata

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Plex Systems delivers the first smart manufacturing platform that empowers innovators to make awesome products. Learn more about Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform
Plex gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business -- from the plant floor to the top floor. Plex offers the flexibility to connect, automate, track, and analyze all aspects of your enterprise. Enhanced analytics provides additional levels of analysis. Industrial IoT (IIoT) enables plant floor production and asset management tracking. Learn more about Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform

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Enterprise Resource Planning Software Buyers Guide

What is Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is an integrated suite of applications that helps Canadian businesses manage key operations such as accounting, sales and purchases, customer relationships, inventory, and human resources. Unlike other solutions that cater to specific workflows, enterprise resource planning solutions are comprehensive in nature and offer a range of functionalities to address the needs of your entire organization. ERP software establishes links between departments, streamlining data flow and speeding up the overall decision-making process. Discover the ERP solutions available to your organization in Canada, as well as the benefits, features, and important considerations for businesses to bear in mind when choosing their new enterprise resource planning platform.

What are the benefits of enterprise resource planning software?

The benefits of enterprise resource planning software typically focus on centralizing tasks and improving the efficiency of certain processes. The main benefits of ERP tools include:

  • Complete visibility of tasks with improved collaboration: ERP software offers complete visibility into important aspects of your business to provide senior management with a single window from which they can monitor both departmental and organization-wide data. A single enterprise resource planning system facilitates better communication and collaboration between stakeholders from multiple departments, which helps your business and teams complete tasks efficiently and smoothly.
  • More efficient workflows: An enterprise resource planning system reduces the need for repetitive data entry at multiple touchpoints across departments. Once entered, data remains within the system and is accessible by all users. As products or services move along the supply chain, the data is automatically updated for the next department, without any need for additional data entry efforts. This saves time overall, and improves workflow efficiency.

What are some typical features of enterprise resource planning software?

ERP tools tend to carry a number of core features that are centered on improving and maintaining an overview of different business areas. The core features typically include:

  • Inventory management: Keep track of in-house stock quantities and manage reordering to prevent running out of inventory and ensure smooth supply chain operations.
  • Financial management: Gather your organization's financial data and generate comprehensive reports such as general ledgers, balance sheets, and financial statements.
  • HR management: Maintain a complete employee database and manage core HR processes, such as recruiting, hiring, payroll, training, and development.
  • Reporting/Analytics: Analyze various workflows, monitor key performance indicators (KPIs), and generate an array of reports to aid compliance and support management discussions.
  • Warehouse management: Manage core warehouse operations, such as the movement of inventory, the location of items inside a warehouse, and reordering items.
  • CRM: Record customer information, including names and contact numbers, in a centralized, organized database.

What should be considered prior to purchasing enterprise resource planning software?

Before choosing a new ERP software, it is important to bear in mind a range of important factors to ensure that you purchase a tool that is best suited for your organization in Canada. Every user should consider a few key questions before they make their final decision:

  • Establish a clear ERP strategy before investing in ERP software: ERP software is a broad solution that often includes various modules and integrated services for multiple departments fused together in one system. Most businesses lack a clear enterprise resource planning system implementation strategy, and either develop one as a result of tactical decisions or rely on their IT team to define ERP requirements without considering the needs of other stakeholders. This can lead to poor enterprise resource planning system implementation or investing in software that is too technical and complex for your employees to use. To avoid this, consult stakeholders from all relevant departments while designing your ERP strategy, and build a software shortlist that meets those needs.
  • Industry-specific ERP solutions vs. generic solutions: These days, many vendors offer industry-specific enterprise resource planning solutions (e.g., construction ERP software, manufacturing ERP software, apparel ERP software, education ERP software). If possible, give priority to enterprise resource planning system solutions that cater to your particular industry over investing in a generic solution that can be customized for any industry. A specific solution can help you meet industry standards and execute workflows using industry-approved templates that help minimize failure rate.

The most relevant ERP software trends are dictated by and related to the ever-evolving needs of organizations in Canada. Decision-makers in Canadian businesses should stay on top of technological advancements and industry trends to ensure that the tool they choose is up to date and optimized for the specific needs of their business. Trends related to ERP software include:

  • The internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will transform ERP software: Traditional enterprise resource planning software requires users to manually enter data at various touchpoints in the supply chain. In the coming years, expect more and more modern ERP solutions to include AI and IoT capabilities that automatically collect data from IoT devices attached to tools, vehicles, and equipment. Data such as device location, usage, and performance can be accessed directly by an enterprise resource planning system without manual data entry. From there, AI-enabled enterprise resource planning solutions can provide advanced insights and transparency into new areas of growth, help improve existing workflows, and reduce errors.
  • Mobile ERP is a new buzzword: In almost every area of life and business, users depend on mobile devices. As a result, more and more enterprise resource planning system developers are offering mobile-based ERP solutions and/or mobile functionality through dedicated apps that work with their product. As the rise in mobile workforces continues across all industries, the demand for mobile-based ERP solutions will also increase."