How IBM i Fared in Top ERP List
November 9, 2016 Alex Woodie
Every year, Panorama Consulting comes out with a list of the top ERP systems and vendors. The list for 2016 has the usual suspects in it, as well as a decent representation of ERP systems that run on the IBM i platform.
While there’s no hard data on the matter, anecdotal evidence suggests that enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are the primary type of application that customers run on IBM i servers. Whether companies develop their own software or buy a shrink-wrapped product from a vendor, most companies that run the IBM i server bought it to run a core application that’s usually an enterprise-strength transactional system (even if it’s not called “ERP”).
There are a handful of IBM i-based ERP systems that have stood out over the years. IBM itself developed MAPICS to run on System/3X machines before selling it to another company; it’s now owned by Infor. JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne, now owned by Oracle, attracted thousands of loyal customers over decades of distinguished service, while SAP currently has a strong following with several thousand Business Suite customers running the software on IBM i servers.
All of these ERP systems are represented in Panorama’s Top 10 ERP Systems report for 2017, which it published last week. The 11-year-old consulting firm accepts no money from ERP vendors, which it says allows it to provide customers with unbiased advice as an independent party.
For Panorama’s 2017 report, the company surveyed about 200 of its own consulting customers for the purpose of comparing how real-world deployments of the ERP systems Fared. The consulting firm selected five factors to shape the comparison: market share; cost of ERP implementation as a percentage of customer revenue; average time to implement; functionality; and average payback period.
Here’s Panorama top 10 list:
Panorama founder Eric Kimberling acknowledges the top 10 list will not be the final determining factor in what ERP systems companies ultimately select. But he does present it as one source of data to help make a selection.
“There are plenty of enterprise systems to choose from in the market, and these just happen to be the ones that made our first top 10 list,” Kimberling writes in his blog. “Second, it means that while this is good information to start with during your ERP software selection process, it is just one of many data points you should use when considering new software.”
You can download a copy of the report here.