SAP and Oracle service providers have been ruling the ERP market past few decades with Microsoft Dynamics gradually catching up with the popularity. Both SAP and Oracle ERP systems are purported for big sized organizations stretching beyond the geographical boundaries that see millions of data interactions daily. On the other hand, Microsoft Dynamics has been the preferred choice of small and middle sized organizations.
Though SAP and Oracle hold the major share in ERP market in terms of features and services, both these software systems have their areas of strength and weakness. The features of SAP and Oracle have attracted a number of reputed organizations worldwide, and their services are duly recognized in spite of high cost and time required for implementation. The main advantage of SAP and Oracle lies in providing an in depth integration of most complex features of a big organization along with the desired flexibility. Sometimes, too much flexible features do pose problems in managing different business processes. Small and middle sized organizations do not prefer SAP and Oracle due to their high cost and long implementation period. Moreover, these two big players of ERP software come with complex features, not essential for small and medium organizations.
SAP and Oracle can meet any type of business requirements and are built on a sound technical framework that can withstand high risks. These two ERP providers offer better scalability and can be customized as per requirement. Oracle has the better edge in terms of scalability and customization than SAP as it can be integrated with any software. SAP, on the other hand, constitutes of core features and follows a one-way path. Those, intending to go for SAP have to orient their business system according to its features, whereas Oracle can fit in any type of business system.
Oracle, armed with advanced technical features, provides the strongest database with high level of security ensuring reliability and dependability to the users. The various out of the box solutions provided by Oracle has enhanced its popularity to a great extent. But high cost, advanced complex features and extreme flexibility calls for higher level of expertise and this may cause hindrance in business processes. In terms of ROI, Oracle is ahead of SAP. SAP has pioneered the ERP business and has been at the top since 1970s, but its main drawback lies in its rigid features and limited customization facilities.
Microsoft Dynamics is capturing the ERP market due to its extreme simple features, low cost and minimum time required for its implementation. The user interface provided is very simple similar to that of Microsoft and quite user friendly. Microsoft Dynamics solutions also provide better scalability and customization features, devoid of complexities. Dynamic ERP solutions have targeted the small and medium sized business organizations. The risk tolerance in case of Dynamics is quite low, and ROI may fall below the expected lines. However, the three ERP systems are efficient enough to support international systems with their advanced scalability.