Who Uses ALERE?

Small and midsize discrete manufacturing companies, operating in make-to-stock, make-to-order or mixed mode environments. ALERE also serves a wide range of distributors requiring granular traceability

What Is ALERE?

Designed as a general purpose ERP package, ALERE focuses on solving the day to day usability issues experienced with other ERP systems. ALERE has been successfully integrated into hundreds of different industries, and thousands of organizations, with a wide range of requirements. ALERE's robust, user friendly, accounting, inventory, MRP, and manufacturing tools provide accurate, instantaneous data capture and real-time reporting tools eliminate unknowns within an organization.

ALERE Details

TIW Technology

https://www.tiwcorp.com

Founded 1983

ALERE Software - Visual Schedule Board - Finite scheduler with visual scheduling tools.
ALERE Software - Real-Time Variance Reports - Find and trace production cost variances in real-time.
ALERE Software - BOM Screen - Unique BOM structures eliminate the need for a configurator, reduce maintenance overhead, and eliminate BOM sprawl.
ALERE Software - Pre-Integrated CRM - Accounting documents and orders are readily accessible through the pre-integrated CRM.
ALERE Software - Filterable Browsers - Find anything with ALERE's powerful browsers.
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ALERE Software - BOM Screen - Unique BOM structures eliminate the need for a configurator, reduce maintenance overhead, and eliminate BOM sprawl. - thumbnail
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ALERE pricing overview

ALERE does not have a free version but does offer a free trial.


Starting Price

Not provided by vendor

Free Version

No

Free Trial

Yes

ALERE deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base Software
  • Phone Support

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Windows (On-Premise)
  • Android (Mobile)

Training Software

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

ALERE Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Software
  • Accounts Payable Software
  • Accounts Receivable Software
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Compliance Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Document Storage
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Management Software
  • Financial Reporting Software
  • Fixed Asset Management Software
  • For Government
  • Fund Accounting Software
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Nonprofits
  • Order Management Software
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Accounting Software
  • Project Management Software
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management Software
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management Software

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  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounting Software
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Bills of Material
  • CRM Software
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Distribution Management
  • Document Storage
  • Financial Management Software
  • Forecasting
  • Import/Export Management
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Inventory Optimization Software
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Entry Software
  • Order Management Software
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Project Management Software
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Forecasting Software
  • Sales Orders
  • Shipping Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Warehouse Management Software
  • Workflow Management Software
  • eCommerce Management

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  • Accounting Integration
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  • Activity Dashboard
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bills of Material
  • CRM Software
  • Contract/License Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Reports
  • Distribution Management
  • Document Management Software
  • Enterprise Asset Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management Software
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • HR Management
  • Integrated Business Operations
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management Software
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  • Payroll Management
  • Project Management Software
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
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  • Shipping Management
  • Stock Management
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  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
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  • Workflow Management Software

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  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
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  • Maintenance Management Software
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ALERE Reviews

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Overall rating

4.6/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.7
Customer Service Software 4.7
Features 4.1
Value for Money 4.9

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Ron J.
Owner
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-03-08

"Alere Offers Robust Functionality Reflecting Decades Of Ongoing Development & Improvement"

Comments: Alere's publisher, TIW Corp, has provided superb customer service, both to our company as well as directly to our clients. This is definitely a company who understands the importance of timely responses to issues and have always gone out of their way to provide thorough resolutions. Their annual software maintenance is one of the best investments our clients can make and we never hesitate to heartily recommend that our clients stay current in order to take advantage of the new features Alere consistently provides each year.

Pros: Conative Information Technolgy specializes in providing software that accommodates and streamlines existing business workflow and assisting our clients to accomplish their stated goals and objectives. We often write custom programs that integrate with existing ERP systems. We've worked closely with Alere since the early 90's and have always been impressed with their technical depth and clearly evident commitment to providing software that preserves these custom changes even as their product evolves over time. Their custom development framework is the best we have seen in over 30 years in the business. Our clients have found Alere easy to use and navigate. Due to the design of Alere's library of intelligent objects , integration with other company systems has been accomplished with ease.

Cons: Since we reside in Canada, we have had to integrate Canadian-specific payroll programs with Alere, but this has never proven to be much of an issue as there are several ways to integrate and analyze the data.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-03-08
Matt R.
General Manager
Wholesale, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-01-07

"Matt Rizzo Review of ALERE ERP Software"

Comments: One of the biggest benefits we have realized is we have managed to reduce our inventory carrying costs by 40% while still stocking all the inventory we need. ALERE's robust inventory control helped us make sure we only purchase items when we need them whereas we used to stock too much slow moving inventory. We are closer than ever to "just in time" inventory control. ALERE's exceptional support of multi-tasking also allowed us to reassign 25% of our order fulfillment people to revenue generating positions such as sales and marketing which resulted in increased revenues.

Pros: There are many pros including robust inventory control and order fulfillment functionality. In addition, there is tremendous consistency throughout the screens. The result was that once I learned the sales module, I essentially also knew the purchases module due to the consistency. This is important because I do a great deal of multi-tasking. One final pro is the comprehensive nature of ALERE which allows it to manage all facets of our operations including inventory control, order fulfillment, procurement, financial reporting and service operations.

Cons: I really can't think of any cons but if I had to list something, I would suggest improved dashboard screens for increased data visibility.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-01-07
Melissa F.
Finance & HR Mgr
Chemicals, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-06

"New User"

Comments: Everyone is able to find out information through the system, instead of constantly asking if an order has been placed. There are less errors with duplicate orders because of the warnings. On my end, setting up the system wasn't as bad as I was imagining it, and the learning curve was short for new users. We are still learning new tricks, but people have picked up the system rather quickly.

Pros: This software has so many capabilities that we didn't have available in our last software. The ease of finding information is great. We all love being able to have multiple windows up at once.

Cons: Sometimes the different tabs of the modules can take time to load, and we had some problems with errors and the system freezing up. The most problematic area is mass emailing, currently there is a large work-around to be able to send out mass emails from G-Suite. Also, we would like to be able to input customer information when using the mobility app.

Vendor Response

by TIW Technology on 2020-02-07

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for the feedback. There shouldn't be a large amount of lag time between opening a tab and the feature set of the module loading. If you're experiencing that kind of issue, please let Technical Services know. We'll be happy to take a look at your data to see if it's something we can help rectify within ALERE.

I'll be happy to float the idea of integrating with G-Suite past development when we compile the feature-set wish list for the next version. It may also be possible to add that integration as a customization for
your organization if desired immediately.

If there are other items, or functionality, you would like to see in ALERE as part of the base product, please feel free to email [email protected] with the feature request and we'll investigate it.

Thank you again,

Tim

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-06
Jeff B.
President
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-28

"Excellent ERP Program for SMB Market"

Comments: ALERE is excellent ERP solution for small to medium size business in distribution and manufacturing industries. Well organized and connected data structure provides powerful and easy to use ERP program without complex and confusing user interface. Reason pricing and low maintenance cost allow users to keep up with latest version which comes with new enhancements and better reports.

Pros: Easy to learn and use in most area of company work including accounting, inventory management, distribution and manufacturing. Normalized data structure eliminates duplicate information stored in multiple places. Drill down allows auditing process or researching information work pretty simple and straight forward. Reasonable purchase price and low maintenance cost is the best in SMB ERP market.
Fast and knowledgeable support team provides dependable assistance in problem solving.

Cons: Front end program is still based on VFP9, which make some large transaction processing slow.
VFP also creates ungraceful program crash in case of program or data error.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-28
Dennis M.
Sales VP
Computer Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-25

"Great Value, ever improving, company that Listens"

Comments: I have implemented ALERE for many companies converting from sage Pro, dynamics and older MAS 90/200.
for the end user customer, you get a software product that has been designed to be upgraded meaning you pay for business software maintenance and get to use with carrying any configurations over from version to newer version. Of course, recent change from ALERE v14 to ALERE v15 introduced multi line customer's and supplier's addresses but 3-4 hours of custom forms changes - cosmetics - and on the new version with some 50+ improvements, new document management features , better service tickets and dispatching. You as a customer get value

Pros: In the world of software where every company buying software wants to implement and configure the software to meet business needs, ALERE makes this possible.

Cons: Not well know in the industry and localized in Eastern PA makes it difficult for Central and mid west companies to know

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-02-25