As a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business management solution, Acumatica Cloud ERP software offers a scalable infrastructure and real-time access to computing resources, storage, and business insights.
Nevertheless, Acumatica’s suite of business management solutions is by no means the only option out there. Given that implementing new business management software is a huge decision that will impact the trajectory of your organization for years to come, it is critical that you perform thorough due diligence and compare some viable Acumatica alternatives.
To accelerate the decision-making process, we have compiled a list of five of the best Acumatica alternatives, along with the key reasons why you should consider each of these solutions.
Acumatica Cloud ERP software is dynamic, versatile, and highly scalable. It also includes a wealth of modules meant to oversee a wide range of business processes, such as:
However, it is important that you look beyond Acumatica’s features and shift your focus to how the platform aligns with the unique needs of your business. While Acumatica is designed to support several types of business models, it is by no means a one-size-fits-all solution.
Five reasons why you should consider an Acumatica alternative include the following:
The goal of adopting an ERP solution is to manage all of your core business processes using a single platform. While Acumatica includes some great tools for managing your financial operations and streamlining the customer service experience, it is only considered to be a general-purpose ERP.
So if you’re in the market for niche tools for distribution, manufacturing, or eCommerce, you likely won’t find them in the Acumatica ecosystem. As such, you will need to invest in custom integrations or license supplemental tools to expand the capabilities of Acumatica. That, or you could simply choose a platform that adequately meets your needs.
If you operate in distribution, B2B sales, or eCommerce, you may have a tough time finding native integrations that suit your needs, as Acumatica lacks pre-built eCommerce platform (and other sought-after) integrations. Therefore, you will have to pay extra fees to integrate your software, and you’ll experience extra lead time while developers build out your customer integrations.
Another concern is that most Acumatica integrations are created and managed by their network of partners, not the company itself. Though there are many great vendors out there, it can be tough to ensure consistency and quality.
Many businesses have successfully implemented Acumatica Cloud ERP software, but each of these organizations were fortunate enough to find reputable third-party deployment partners.
Acumatica is exclusively sold and deployed through licensed resellers, which can vary greatly in terms of capabilities and expertise. If you find an implementation company that is a good match for your business, you will likely enjoy a frictionless implementation. But if you choose wrong, implementing and configuring Acumatica can turn into a costly nightmare.
Acumatica does have a certification system, though, which helps businesses find reputable partners, so keep that in mind if you decide to move forward with the platform.
Many ERP platforms charge you based on three factors:
One of Acumatica Cloud ERP’s key selling points is its unique pricing model, which eliminates that third criterion from its billing model, allowing you to enroll as many or as few users without any extra charge.
At first glance, that can seem like a major benefit—and if you need to enroll many users at once, it can be—but Acumatica’s billing model is deceptively complex. It can also be quite expensive for smaller businesses, given the compounded costs of licensing, implementation, configuration, and employee training.
If you find a great third-party vendor, you may be comfortable turning to them each time you need support or encounter an issue with your ERP platform. But there may be times when you just want support directly from the vendor. If you implement Acumatica, it can be virtually impossible to reach someone.
Acumatica relegates its support responsibilities to third-party vendors, and once again, the quality of your experience will depend entirely on whether you choose the right vendor to support your deployment.
Our list of Acumatica Cloud ERP alternatives includes enterprise-grade platforms, as well as highly tailored solutions designed for small to mid-market brands. Without further ado, here are the solutions that made our list:
OdooERP consists of multiple open-source business applications designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs that need to manage their growing teams.
Odoo’s base price is just $20 per month, though the price does increase with each integration and app you implement. Nevertheless, OdooERP is one of the most cost-effective ERP options out there.
Its one major drawback is that your in-house team will have to handle its rollout. You can hire an Odoo consultant if you need support, but they function as little more than advisors.
Epicor ERP was purpose-built for manufacturers and distributors. As such, it includes a plethora of industry-specific tools and functionality that can help boost your operational efficiency, and it is best suited for small to mid-market manufacturers.
Since Epicor is built for manufacturing businesses, it lacks the integrations you would expect in a general-purpose ERP. That being said, manufacturers and distributors benefit from the software’s transparent pricing, scalable design, and no-nonsense functionality.
Like most ERP solutions, Epicor can be complex to implement, so make sure you have the IT bandwidth to see your integration through before committing to the platform. If you don’t, consider consulting the ecosystem of Epicor ERP deployment partners or connecting directly with the vendor for support.
SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s newest and most powerful enterprise resource planning solution. Designed for enterprise-grade organizations, SAP S/4HANA is not specialized to any one industry. It instead has a broad assortment of modules, meaning it can be tailored to meet the needs of just about any business, and it also boasts dozens of native integrations, meaning you can easily connect it with your existing suite of business management software.
If you manage a small to mid-sized organization and are interested in SAP, Business One is their mid-market solution. Like its more robust counterpart, Business One is highly scalable, but more competitively priced and slightly easier to configure.
Oracle NetSuite is one of the most dynamic and scalable ERP platforms in the world. It can support the needs of eCommerce brands, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and many other verticals.
It is best known for the broad assortment of apps it features alongside its powerful automation capabilities. With NetSuite, rid your business of inefficient manual processes, minimize entry errors, and reduce the administrative burden on your team.
The only two real drawbacks of NetSuite are cost and complexity. Configuring the platform is a labor and resource-intensive process, and NetSuite is quite costly compared to other ERP solutions.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is designed for small to midsize businesses. It is competitively priced and relatively easy to implement, especially if you are already using other Microsoft solutions like SharePoint.
The platform comes equipped with several robust applications, including intuitive inventory management software and accounting tools. While you can obtain assistance directly from the vendor, Microsoft Dynamics 365 is also supported by a vast ecosystem of third-party developers, including Cavallo.
Cavallo’s solutions seamlessly integrate with the Microsoft ERP platform and provide world-class functionality without the enterprise price tag of Acumatica, Oracle, or SAP. Enjoy the cost-effectiveness of Microsoft Dynamics while leveraging powerful tools to supercharge every stage of order fulfillment.
With dozens of ERPs out there, it’s not easy sifting through the many Acumatica alternatives on the market. Whether you’re already running an iteration of Microsoft Dynamics or are considering making the leap to 365, our team is ready and willing to meet you wherever you’re at. Start making more money, optimize your order-to-cash cycle, and get the most out of your ERP investment by scheduling a demo with Cavallo today.