These are the 5 best ERPs in 2023

Competitiveness and productivity levels are crucial for companies and their maintenance entails effective resource management. Doubts arise when it comes to achieving the objectives set. In this context, enterprise resource planning tools, or ERP programs, are an alternative to consider. These types of solutions are characterized by their high degree of customization and flexibility, as they usually include modules focused on the different departments of a company: marketing, sales, finance, warehousing, project management or services are some examples. Thus, with all the information gathered, an organization can make decisions not only much faster. It can also make decisions more efficiently.

In this article, we have selected 12 ERP proposals. We start with Aqua eBS 2020, an ERP with bots to automate processes and with reporting and analytical functionalities. Also participating are Datisa ERP, which is committed to collaborative and integrated work, and Ekon 2020, which welcomes an employee portal.

Exact for Finance provides international support and Izaro ERP is available for on premise, cloud and internet. In addition, the latter has vertical solutions for specific sectors such as automotive components and industrial projects and manufacturing of parts to drawing. Speaking of specific activities, Lantek Integra is focused on organizations dedicated to the metal industry and helps to control manufacturing, sales, purchasing and warehouse processes...

We also have the participation of Microsoft Dynamics 365, the cloud solution Oracle ERP Cloud and the company PHC Software: its most recent version, v26, includes functionalities of the type: correspondence management from anywhere and creation of events in specific time zones with access to the actual time of appointments. Finally, there are the S/4HANA Cloud proposals based on an open architecture; Solmicro ERP developed under a three-tier architecture; and Wolters Kluwers with its a3ERP product that supports the creation of different security profiles per user.

Aqua eBS 2020

Earlier this year, the Spanish company Aqua eSolutions presented Aqua eBS 2020, the new version of its ERP: it is an application designed to be used by people (users and programmers) and by any external software, from web solutions, apps and business bots. It also covers all business processes and allows off-site work to maintain the activity under any circumstances.

Specifically, Aqua eBS 2020 provides extensive functionality and coverage for: administration, accounting and finance, SCM, WMS or warehouse management (to maximize space and reduce handling and logistics times), projects, HR, CRM, POS and sales (for efficient management of billing and collection processes), production, quality, apps, employee portal, project portal, supplier portal and integrated B2B and B2C e-commerce solutions.

Similarly, there is room for the development of reports and business intelligence to help design the most appropriate strategies with tools such as real-time analytical cubes, business analytical plans and balanced scorecards.

Aqua eSolutions' product is a flexible and customizable tool that is highly adaptable, allowing users to extend and customize the solution on their own through a powerful integrated development environment. This approach is made possible by its modular, practical and scalable design so that organizations can acquire the functionality they really need at any given time.

Available through various implementation models (cloud, on premise or hybrid model), it is an ERP with sectorial specialization: in this case, Aqua eBS 2020 has up to 16 ERP sectorial solutions by industry and by sector that have been created from the knowledge that the manufacturer has of this business. It also draws on the experience accumulated in a multitude of projects over more than 31 years.

Finally, the proposal also facilitates data integration and interoperability through bots that program and automate processes and integrate with any external application. In the same way, reporting and analytics are supported, with reports and dashboards integrated through a business intelligence solution embedded in the ERP itself. The platform is periodically updated.

Datisa ERP

In tune with the business strategy of each organization, Datisa ERP, also available for cloud environments and SaaS models, offers a complete range of solutions that includes financial applications (advanced accounting, treasury and fixed assets) and programs for the control of commercial management such as invoicing and warehouse management. Its objective is to help small and medium-sized companies to efficiently manage their financial and administrative processes.

Datisa ERP has several modules to maximize its adaptation to the requirements of each company and thus promote the integrated and collaborative work of all areas highlighting: Gesda for commercial management; Speedy Coda for general accounting; Tesda for treasury management and to know in advance the positions in all the company's financial accounts; Inmda for fixed asset management and control of depreciation, tax and equity, among others; Gesda TPV for management at points of sale; and ASESDA for Expert Accounting Management. Datisa also provides two other vertical management solutions. These are Gesda H for commercial management in the hospitality sector and Resdaweb for managing restaurant invoicing.

As a scalable solution (it allows organic growth depending on the needs that arise), which improves business profitability, its system not only manages, stores and shares data: it helps to produce statistics, reports, reports, comparative ..., which are useful when making important decisions in both operational and strategic management by obtaining a global vision. This means, for example, knowing which product has sold the most and the best, how much it has cost the company to put it on the market, what price is the right one, what is the time to market cost, which production center is the most profitable...

In addition to being a multiplatform application, with a high user orientation and a technical support with premium service levels, it presents a series of singularities to take into account. For example, it relies on tools that help increase profitability and personalized consulting, implementation, training and technical support services. It also provides access to up-to-date information, security, stability and reliability, high standard functionality to facilitate decision-making, integration capacity, rapid implementation, high scalability, online multi-exercise philosophy and proprietary technology at the service of SMEs.

Ekon 2020

This version of Ekon's business software has been recently launched and its value proposition is to transfer to the management system those lines of identity that make each company different. Within this context, its improvements are aimed at providing faster implementations without affecting flexibility and customization. It also incorporates innovative technological aspects related to the empowerment of people through an employee portal. Finally, it enables business users with advanced self-service data functionality for reporting and analytics.

Ekon 2020 is a 'plug & play' solution. Thus, any business user with clear objectives can cover in a first phase up to 90% of the needs and casuistry of a company, optimizing up to 100% progressively. This is achieved thanks to three elements. The first is an assisted self-configuration of the system, which allows the solution to be configured and adjusted to the needs of each business without the need for any development. Ekon 2020's own system also saves time in the incorporation of new upgrades compared to traditional systems. It is followed by the simplified data loading so that anyone with minimal training can execute it without being required to be a technician, which allows a saving of up to 60% in data import times. The third element refers to a progressive, productive and on-demand training system that is executed while working and in which the user is accompanied throughout the training process.

For its part, the employee portal is a two-way communication channel between the professional and the company that offers benefits to both parties thanks to the decentralization of work. The Ekon 2020 employee portal empowers the professional to manage certain aspects that were previously handled by human resources departments.

Finally, reporting autonomy is strengthened for business users without dependence on third parties, so that companies achieve data self-service. In complex scenarios, companies cannot make important decisions blindly. ERP information systems collect and manage large amounts of data, e.g. through extended queries, but these must be converted into relevant information through the right data analysis tools.

Exact for Financials

Exact for Financials is an ERP software for efficient financial management that provides organizations with integrated financial processes, analysis and reporting. The goal? To have all the information a business needs to know in order to make the best possible strategic decisions.

The proposal suggests full integration of all financial processes, including accounting, risk management and financial projects with integrated analytics, internet banking or electronic invoicing. Thus, Exact Globe (ERP management software) and Exact Synergy (accelerates the digitization process) become the basis of Exact for Finance.

To provide this efficient financial management and a complete financial overview, its manufacturer provides companies (whether they operate with a single administration or complex shared service centers) with support in the implementation of their processes. It also offers a set of tools that are suitable not only for local but also for international organizations with the Exact for International Business product. In this case, if a company already has international offices or is considering opening a branch office (or if it works with international partners, suppliers, customers or competitors), Exact relies on a single central system for rapid standardization, uniformity and compliance with local and international laws and regulations.

In addition, useful financial dashboards and reports are guaranteed: through these, the user has direct access to information on financial processes, such as audits and auditing, interactive balance sheets, budget scenarios and cash flow. In addition to these options, there is also risk management, compliance and control. The aim is to take full advantage of the automation of all financial processes and thus reduce manual work through automatic invoice entry and digital processing.

Exact for Financials can be complemented by Exact Consolidation. Through this module, it ensures that all financial management processes are linked to a single central source that includes the most up-to-date financial data. In terms of benefits, the employee has segment reporting and the parallel creation of consolidated profit and loss statements. On the other hand, it is possible to add documents and comments to create an audit trail with evidence of each correction, among other functionalities.

Izaro ERP

With 40 years of history, the Zucchetti Group is present in more than 30 cities in Italy and in 50 countries, with more than 20 offices in France, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil, United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Mexico and Spain. In the case of our country, it is present through Zucchetti Spain, a project that brings together three national software manufacturers with a long history and a solid knowledge of the market: IDS, i68 with its product Izaro ERP (the product that concerns us) and Solmicro, which also participates in this article.

Specifically, Izaro ERP is a comprehensive software that covers all areas of company management in the era of digital transformation and Industry 4.0: from manufacturing (management, control and traceability tasks) to logistics, through finance (general and analytical accounting, collections and payments, fixed assets...), human resources (personnel and payroll, attendance control, people management). Thus, the solution integrates all the information that a company needs to know because it provides 360º visibility for better decision making. Modular and scalable, it adapts to the specific needs of each organization, which can choose the mode of access: on premise, cloud or internet.

It has a wide functionality, in which quality management is included in the whole process with clearly differentiating modules such as advanced warehouse management (WMS), document management (DMS), process management (BPM), plant data collection (MES), quality management, business intelligence with navigable dashboards, CRM for commercial management, HR management, etc. It also offers a wide range of services for the management of the company's processes. It also offers different vertical solutions developed for specific sectors of activity such as Izaro Automotive for the automotive components manufacturing sector; Izaro EPM for industrial projects and manufacturing of parts to drawing; Izaro ERP Distribution for distribution companies; Izaro ERP Consumer ERP for large supermarkets; or Izaro Lite for small industrial companies.

As it is also a multi-language, multi-company and multi-currency solution, it is also suitable for those businesses that need to manage implementations abroad. Companies of all sectors and types already rely on Izaro ERP for the integral management of their business. These are the cases of Ciukautxo, Orbea, Audens Food, RPK, Silam, Isabel (Grupo Conservas Garavilla), Blendhub, Chinchurreta, DÜRR, GLUAL, Orbea, Aspla or Policlínica de Gipuzkoa.