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What Is 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.

Who Uses ALERE?

Discrete make-to-order, make-to-stock, and mixed-mode manufacturing companies. Organizations that require high levels of oversight for inventory levels, traceability, and cost for conformance.

Where can ALERE be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • TIW Technology
  • Located in Easton, US
  • Founded in 1983

ALERE support

  • Phone Support

Countries available

Canada, United States

Languages

English

ALERE pricing

Starting Price:

US$16,250.00/one-time
  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

ALERE does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. ALERE paid version starts at US$16,250.00/one-time.

About the vendor

  • TIW Technology
  • Located in Easton, US
  • Founded in 1983

ALERE support

  • Phone Support

Countries available

Canada, United States

Languages

English

ALERE videos and images

ALERE Software - Visual Schedule Board - Finite scheduler with visual scheduling tools.
ALERE Software - BOM Screen - Unique BOM structures eliminate the need for a configurator, reduce maintenance overhead, and eliminate BOM sprawl.
ALERE Software - Real-Time Variance Reports - Find and trace production cost variances in real-time.
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 video
ALERE Software - Visual Schedule Board - Finite scheduler with visual scheduling tools.
ALERE Software - BOM Screen - Unique BOM structures eliminate the need for a configurator, reduce maintenance overhead, and eliminate BOM sprawl.
ALERE Software - Real-Time Variance Reports - Find and trace production cost variances in real-time.
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.

Features of ALERE

  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounting Software
  • Accounts Payable Software
  • Accounts Receivable Software
  • BOM Creation
  • Backorder Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Barcode/Label Management
  • Bill of Materials (BOM) Software
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bills of Material
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CRM Software
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Change Management Software
  • Compliance Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Data Catalog Tools
  • Document Management Software
  • EDI Software
  • ERP
  • Enterprise Asset Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Management Software
  • Financial Reporting Software
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Integrated Business Operations
  • Inventory Control Software
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Job Costing Software
  • Lot Tracking
  • MES
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Fulfillment Software
  • Order Management Software
  • Parts Management
  • Price and Cost Calculations
  • Product Identification
  • Production Management
  • Production Scheduling Software
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quality Control
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Recurring Orders
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requirements Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Forecasting Software
  • Shipping Management
  • Shop Floor Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Supplier Management
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Tax Management Software
  • Third-Party Integration
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Traceability
  • Warehouse Management Software

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Reviews of ALERE

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.9
Customer Service
4.8
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.8

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
69%
4
31%
Jay
President in US
Accounting Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

An Accounting/ERP package that should be considered in your next search.

5.0 last year

Comments: Alere has a robust accounting package. From that, Alere can be expanded to support distributors, job shops, make to order, engineer to order, make to stock facilities. A company can grow and expand its usage while staying on the same platform.

Pros:

Alere is a mature and well-established product which continues to adapt to new technology to support the needs of today's customers.A benefit of its development process is a continual emphasis on refactoring the basic architecture. So, the user interface is rich and powerful, and all modules utilize that same interface. Cross-training benefits from this intuitive interface.TIW provides a conversion program to convert from multiple other software packages, such as Quickbooks, SBT Pro, and others. This is a rather full conversion process which allows a VAR to complete a conversion over a long weekend. On Thursday, staff works on the old platform. On Monday, staff works on Alere.Alere is one product/one platform. The base is a robust accounting package. From that, additional modules can be added to provide additional functionality, only as needed, for kitting, distribution, bills of material, full manufacturing. So, as a company's needs change and grow, Alere will grow with it without needing to change platforms.Alere offers integration with Shopify and TaxJar which ease tax management and easily opens the door to e-Commerce.

Cons:

The interface does represent a traditional data entry format, and doesn't provide a more contemporary interface more typical of web interfaces which represent user process. However, the architecture is largely open, data is accessible, and such interfaces could easily be customized.

Melissa
Finance & HR Mgr in US
Chemicals, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

New User

4.0 4 years ago

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.

TIW Technology Response

4 years ago

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

Karen
Administrative Assistant in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Boyesen, Inc.

4.0 last year

Comments: We are very happy with Alere. As well as the fact that it is very user friendly.

Pros:

Alere is very user friendly. Alere can also be configured easily for our needs.

Cons:

Not enough space for customer information without customization

Ron
Owner in Canada
Information Technology & Services, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alere Offers Robust Functionality Reflecting Decades Of Ongoing Development & Improvement

5.0 4 years ago

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.

Jeff
President in US
Information Technology & Services, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Excellent ERP Program for SMB Market

5.0 4 years ago

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.