07 Mar

Choosing Developers for Apps: iOS and Android

Choosing Developers for Apps: iOS and Android

Choosing the right development agency to build your mobile app can be tough. Clients often come to us with many questions about the right ways to build and deploy their apps. Some common questions we get are, “Should we launch an iOS app first and an Android at the same time?” or “How big is your team?”. We wanted to put together this list of selection criteria to guide you in choosing the right company to build your mobile app.

Look for companies with strong quality assurance (QA) and testing capabilities –

Make sure you grill your app agency for their usage of automated testing tools. A solid QA team is one of the surest signs you are choosing good app developers. Some common tools for testing mobile apps are Appium and Selenium (our QA team uses both platforms). Without QA testing, your mobile app will be subject to bugginess and latency. To perform QA testing correctly, the company you work with should have a dedicated QA team with a least 2-3 QA specialists.

Negotiate rates to get your money’s worth –

When hiring an agency to build a mobile app, billable hours can stack up quickly. Make sure that if you’re paying high rates ($100-$200 / hr) that all development is being done onshore. Unfortunately, many agencies out there will charge an onshore rate only to offshore the development. Make the sure the developers come from the companies internal teams (check LinkedIn for a sizable development team). If you do pay less than $100 / hr, you may want to consider an onshore/offshore model to maximize your investment.

Choosing where to host the app –

If your company is aiming to build an enterprise-level mobile app, you may want to carefully consider the cloud hosting environment appropriate to the deployment. Companies like Amazon and Oracle are constantly fighting it out to make their environments better for mobile app deployments.

Understand iOS vs. Android –

choosing-developers-ios-androidTo understand if you should deploy an iOS and an Android app at the same time, you have to consider budget and customer base. Outside of the U.S., it is almost a no-brainer to do both. Many people outside of the U.S. do not have iPhones and thus Android tends to be more popular. The good news is, iOS developers typically have lower rates than Android. Consider your budget and location: if you are in the U.S. with a low budget, you might want to start with an iOS-only app. If you have a large budget, you should create both. If you have a small budget and you are outside of the U.S., you may want to consider an Android-only application.

Verify on Clutch –

Clutch is rapidly becoming the go-to source when comparing app development companies. Make sure the firm you select has a profile on Clutch. Be aware that not all reviews on the site are from current projects (you can submit past projects for review). Be sure to check out our own profile on Clutch or contact us directly if you are interested in our app development process.

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06 Feb

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

As an IT and software development outsourcing provider, we wanted to outline some of the most popular development rates per hour by country. In this blog, we outline some of the key positions and popular countries to find certain software developers. At the end of the blog, be sure to view this link to our full chart that maps out all the developer rates per hour.

Below you will find references to 10 of the most popular outsourcing countries for software development. Some countries like the USA and India are already outsourcing powerhouses. Other countries like The Philippines and Mexico are up and coming contenders. Many countries offer different incentives and peak operating hours. Some companies will use many outsourcing firms in many different countries for different development tasks. Likewise, some outsourcing firms may hold a bench of developers in multiple countries at the same time for different client needs. There are other developer and engineer positions, but this comparison focuses on the most popular: Quality Assurance, Full Stack Development, UX / UI and Mobile Development.

Offshoring Rates: Full Stack Developers

We’re considering Python, Ruby and Node.js developers as “Full Stack Developers” for the purpose of this blog. Full stack developers build platforms in different ways and have wide ranges in their pay scales. Countries like Czech Republic and Brazil are teeming with talented full stack developers at reasonable rates. In 2018, Node.js and Python are some of the most popular languages full stack developers are in demand for.

Rates for full stack development can vary dramatically. Like most outsourcing rates, only companies with large budgets can afford to outsource to U.S. companies for full stack development.

Offshore Development Rates: Quality Assurance (QA)

As one of the most popular outsourcing operations companies perform, Quality Assurance (QA) departments ensure certain standards are met so platforms can run smoothly. The most popular offshoring countries for QA are India and Malaysia. For most companies, automating QA processes would be much too complicated and expensive for companies to maintain in-house. QA engineers work on automated testing platforms like Selenium to test large amounts of user data. For companies like Spotify or FaceBook, automated QA testing is essential to maintaining smooth operation of their platforms.

Offshore UI / UX Developer Rates

User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) developers perform tasks to make sure that software and platforms are more enjoyable to use (UX) and more pleasing to look at (UI). UI and UX developers are plentiful in countries like UAE and Poland. UI / UX engineers typically have a lower rate than full stack developers and are more design-focused. On the lower end of UI / UX development, rates are as low as $20 per hour. On the higher end of the scale, rates are as high as $100 per hour for UI / UX developers.

iOS / Android Mobile Development Rates

Many developers focus specifically on mobile development (iOS and Android). There are many iOS developers out there and thus the rates are fairly low. Swift (iOS) and Java (Android) are the most popular mobile languages to code in. Swift developers are currently much more plentiful, but Java development specifically for Android is becoming more popular. The lack of Android developers typically means a higher developer rate ($5 more per hour) than an iOS developer.

Full Offshore Development Rate Chart, by Country:

           Download: Offshore Rates Guide

13 Feb

AWS vs Oracle Cloud vs Azure: Price Comparison

AWS vs Oracle Cloud vs Azure: Price Comparison

IaaS Warzone: Amazon vs Oracle vs Microsoft

In response to Amazon Web Services growing appeal, Oracle recently announced big pricing changes in the way it would allow hosting of their products in AWS environments. CEO’s Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) are now creating a tabloid war while competing with one another for cloud supremacy. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has seemingly stayed out of the cloud war of words until this point, but we bet it is only a matter of time until Microsoft joins the fray. Compare Amazon AWS vs. Oracle Cloud from a cost perspective using this chart.

Differences in Cost Between AWS and Oracle Cloud:

AWS_vs_AzureTo this point, AWS is more affordable generally speaking than Oracle Cloud. In September 2016, Ellison declared Amazon’s lead in the public cloud had ended, but we are hedging our bets that it is smoke and mirrors. The Register recently reported that Oracle, “effectively doubles license fees to run its stuff in AWS”, which may be the wrong way Oracle makes good on their promises that their cloud will be faster and cheaper. The fact is, Amazon’s EC2 product is threatening Oracle’s core customer group – enterprise level businesses. In our opinion, Oracle seems to have a lot more catching up to do in both price and functionality before it can even hold a candle to Amazon.

Differences in Cost Between AWS vs Azure:

We find that Azure has a much more robust infrastructure than Oracle, and it makes a stronger apples-to-apples comparison. AWS has two core products: S3 and EC2. Similarly, Azure has two core options with Blob and Table.

Download AWS vs Oracle Price Comparison:

We created a downloadable, PDF price comparison chart demonstrating differences in AWS and Oracle cloud by region and server types. We compare support costs, redundancy pricing, and data transfer fees.

            Download: AWS vs. Oracle Guide

10 Jan

Cloud Pricing Comparison: AWS vs Azure

Cloud Pricing Comparison: AWS vs Azure

Cloud Pricing Comparison: AWS vs Azure

The most common pricing comparison we perform is between Amazon Web Services (AWS) vs. Azure as cloud consultants. In this blog, we outline some of the key pricing points between Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud hosting solutions. You can check out our in-depth pricing comparison chart between AWS and Azure at this link.

Both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have two core product offerings. Amazon offers AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) and AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Microsoft offers Azure Blob and Azure Table. There are other offerings for each product line, but this comparison focuses on the four core offerings: AWS S3, Azure Blob, AWS EC2 and Azure Table.

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AWS Cloud Environments: S3 vs EC2

Storing over two trillion objects worldwide, Amazon S3 is the largest cloud server network ever assembled and comes at a much lower cost than EC2. S3 costs less than EC2 because it is not a structured environment. For most companies, S3 is powerful enough to store and deploy objects to the net. Only companies hosting structured applications and platforms (Linux, Windows, SQL) should consider hosting on EC2 over S3 from a cost perspective.

EC2 offers superior load-balancing flexibility and higher levels of redundancy over S3. Those looking at AWS EC2 should compare with Azure Table and vice versa. Those looking at AWS S3 should compare with Azure Blob and vice versa. For example, companies like Airbnb and Uber run their structured environments on EC2 environments.

Azure Cloud Environments: Blob vs Table

Azure Blob and Azure Table are the core cloud server environments offered by Microsoft. Blob provides object-based storage within an unstructured environment while Table is a structured environment. Azure users will consider Table over Blob when hosting Linux, Windows, and SQL (SQL Standard and SQL Online). Blob is used much more often for standard objects and files. Blob is thus priced at a much lower rate than Table. Like EC2, only those companies with application-based hosting environments should gravitate towards Table over Blob.

AWS S3 vs Azure Blob: Unstructured Environments

AWS S3 and Azure Blob are both unstructured hosting environments and are comparable products from a cost perspective. S3 and Blob are priced very similarly and offer comparable functionality. Some of the ways that Blob is more affordable than S3 is in data transfer costs. That being said, S3 has a lower cost for data redundancy and has a much larger worldwide infrastructure than Blob. On the low end of data usage (less than 50 TB), S3 has a higher cost in data storage than Blob, but this trend quickly reverses with the more data being used. In short, S3 is more affordable with larger amounts of data than Blob.

AWS EC2 vs Azure Table: Structured Environments

Both EC2 and Table offer structured data environments to develop on. Unlike Azure Table, Amazon’s EC2 is capable of balancing server loads and redundancy between all servers worldwide in realtime during any event of server downtime. This eliminates the need for data duplication and redundancy costs.

Unlike S3 and Blob, both EC2 and Azure most commonly host Linux, Windows and SQL environments. EC2’s data transfer costs are significantly higher than Table when transferring to the net, but EC2 carries a far lower redundancy cost than Blob. The lack of redundancy costs in EC2 typically more than makeup for the increase in the data transfer costs from Table.

Full AWS vs. Azure Comparison Chart:

           PDF Chart: AWS vs. Azure

05 Jan

ERP Software for the Manufacturing Industry

ERP Software for the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry as of 2013 made up the largest portion of the United States GDP. With a gross output of $5.9 trillion (over a third of total GDP), the market share of manufacturing remains massive. The manufacturing industry also remains one of the most complicated. It is critical then to identify the best ERP software for the manufacturing industry.

There will always be similar constraints and obstacles related to business processes that manufacturing companies face. There are a set number of things that a manufacturer must do. Simply they are to order something, produce something, sell something and ship something. Identifying the best ERP software based on these criteria would be overly simple. Nearly every solution on the market could cover those criteria. However those are only the most simple and broad of issues, a more in-depth list could include:

  • Product data management
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Automated data collection
  • Compliance management (domestic/international)
  • Quality management
  • Recipe management
  • Batch management
  • And so many more

What you manufacture is specific, and your customers want specific solutions. Finding the best ERP software for manufacturing is about outlining your own processes. The ideal solution will adapt to your needs.

The First Decision — On-Premise or Cloud Deployment?

The increasing adoption of cloud hosting for ERP solutions has made the option more affordable and effective (read our cloud based ERP article for more information). The relatively quicker deployment times and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) can be a huge incentive. This is particularly true for emerging businesses.

However on-premise deployments have the reputation of dependability. This may be a better option for a larger and established company. Scalability and expansion can become a financial burden with traditional deployments, but with proper planning your growth plans should not be hindered.

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What ERP Software Can Offer You as a Manufacturer

Understand that needs as a process manufacturer can be very differentiated compared to the needs as a discrete manufacturer. Be aware that within the ERP landscape, some solutions are more suited to process manufacturing, and vice versa. Here is a short list of what ERP software can do for businesses in manufacturing:

  • Quality ERP software can provide a business with the comprehensive requirements for tracking production. This is a truly massive function, but it can provide the agility needed for the immense amount of variables involved in both discrete and process manufacturing.
  • Track recipe adjustments and requirement differences for different consumer bases. Moving your old spreadsheets and databases into a comprehensive solution can bring massive efficiency increases and reduce overheads (as well as maintaining compliances).
  • Quality control management can be executed from a centralized system. This is a huge improvement over traditional quality controls that can have gaps. Just one mistake can be incredibly costly, and adopting an ERP that can automate and centralize this process can reduce your risk immensely.

How To Choose The Best ERP Software for Manufacturing

Any manufacturing business should take a considerable time mapping out the processes and workflows most integral to their business. This will give you the power in choosing the best ERP software. If you are able to speak with a vendor knowledgeably, they will be able to guide you to the best solution. Be sure to know which software modules will be most crucial for your company.

There is a massive amount of customization available for most ERP solutions, but you should also be aware that the more third-party modules that are grafted on, the more costly and ineffective the system can become.

Examples of ERP Software for the Manufacturing Industry

There an often overwhelming amount of choices for your ERP software. Considering the impact that this choice can have, the process can be daunting. We will go briefly over a few options for you to further research or to reach out to us for more information.

Sage X3 offers maybe the best out-of-the-box functionality for the manufacturing industry. For manufacturers in general, but particularly those specializing in discrete manufacturing, Sage X3 offers excellent modules. We particularly like their native options for advanced quality control and inventory management.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (and AX) also offers a good range of native modules for manufacturers. Dynamics offers advanced production functionality including time and materials reporting, quality assurance and warehouse management.

SAP B1 offers the least amount of native options. While they do have a great project management tool, we have found that SAP B1 requires a hefty amount of third-party modules to bring it up to speed. This does not mean it is a poor product, but there will be additional resources spent to get maximum functionality.

NetSuite provides a solid foundation for process manufacturing with its Advanced Manufacturing module. However there are some more meta issues with NetSuite. It only allows for cloud deployments, and tends to be too pricy as it includes some unnecessary and bulky systems.

If you want to know more about the best ERP software for your manufacturing company, be sure to contact us through info@tcognition.com.

 

04 Jan

SAP Business One vs Oracle E-Business Suite

SAP Business One vs Oracle E-Business Suite

Comparing SAP Business One (SAP B1) vs Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS)  is really a contest between the leviathans of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) world. SAP has long had the largest market share of any ERP vendor. Oracle has often been close behind.

While both brands have a whole suite of ERP offerings, we will be focusing on SAP Business One and Oracle’s E-Business Suite. Neither option is cheap, SAP and Oracle are not cost-leaders. We find that the cost of SAP implementations tends to be rigid, while Oracle customers are often up-sold on additional products and services. Here is a white paper comparison of SAP B1 vs. Dynamics NAV.

In the beginning…

One of the reasons why SAP has retained the largest ERP market share is their first-mover advantage. They have built their ERP offerings from the ground up and in-house. This means that their modules all integrate very well with each other, and expanding your SAP Business One software tends to be more painless than the same process with Oracle EBS.

Oracle, on the other hand, has established themselves as a firm willing to go outside their own brand. Their strategy has been to reach out and acquire other providers’ solutions in an attempt to create a best-of-breed stack within Oracle itself. This has included PeopleSoft, MICROS and most recently NetSuite.

Oracle vs SAP Business One Deployment Options and Flexibility

Breaking down that recent NetSuite acquisition, Oracle has made it a goal to acquire a slew of SaaS providers and cloud-computing adopters. This means that the Oracle ERP Cloud is composed of several solid offerings. However, it also means that these solutions do not always interact with each ideally. Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can run on-premise or the cloud, so both are options depending on your needs.

SAP Business One is capable of both on-prem and cloud deployments as well. They have worked on their cloud capabilities in the last few years. SAP ERP solutions work well hosted on Amazon Web Services, which is an option we might recommend.

Implementation Differentiators between SAP Business One and Oracle

Often we find that it is often possible to fit most of your business needs into an ERP platform. There are so many modules both native and third party. This can turn the discussion into one that becomes more meta and “above the trees”.

Implementation is almost never a totally smooth process. Headaches abound. It may be wise for this to be a factor in your consideration of SAP Business One or Oracle ERP.

In Panorama Consulting’s ERP report of 2014, they found that the average SAP customer has closer to planned duration times for their implementation compared to Oracle. On average, Oracle ERP takes 22.5 months to implement while SAP is able to do that roughly 4 months more quickly.

This is likely due to SAP’s pre-configurators for specific industries, making customization and go-live time quicker. Oracle has something similar in their User Productivity Kit, but it is not as effective.

ERP Market Leader Benefits

Both Oracle and SAP are market leaders in ERP. However, SAP is the clear leader, particularly due to the first-mover advantage mentioned above.

What this means for the end-user and adopter is that there is a more active developer community. This means that there are more solutions and add-ons to enhance functionality. This extends to support as well. With a larger user-base, there will be more readily available support systems to ensure that any errors can be rectified without incurring additional cost.

Download: SAP B1 vs NAV Guide

23 Dec

Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce: Features and Capabilities

Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce: Features and Capabilities

This is not a battle of niche CRM vendors. Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics are two of the biggest CRM ecosystems in terms of market share. There are not glaring functionality differences between Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce. These are both capable and trusted solutions with a full-suite of features.

We wanted to create a balanced comparison between the two solutions, in part because we have seen many choose Salesforce for brand recognition alone. For the customer there will be no silver-bullet answer. It is necessary to make an outline of your current needs, the gaps in your current CRM system and your future growth plans.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce Platform Differences

Today this has less of an impact than it did a few update cycles ago. As Salesforce was developed solely as a SaaS-offering, it has in the past functioned better on the cloud than Dynamics CRM has. Dynamics however is available in three different deployment packages: a fully cloud-based edition, privately hosted online and on-premise.

About Browsers

To this day, Dynamics has some minute limitations unless deployed on Internet Explorer, but Microsoft has gotten better at managing different browsers. This does not mean that every browser is a perfect environment, however.

Salesforce has had a lot of time to integrate with a variety of platforms, and so has an advantage here depending on your business environment. That business environment is a critical factor in choosing which CRM to adopt. Using Microsoft Outlook, the Office suite, Office 365 and so on is common practice. Dynamics CRM has a seamless integration with other Microsoft products. Having a centralized CRM in which other software solutions are integrated can increase employee efficiency and reduce frustration. Salesforce does have a plug-in for Outlook integration.

Community Features — Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce

Salesforce is the market leader in CRM. This does not mean it is by default the best solution, but it does impart some undeniable benefits.

There is a vibrant developer community on Salesforce’s AppExchange. That community produces a wide array of add-ons and modules for Salesforce. This can translate to quick fixes to a specific problem you might have, or advanced functionality you were not aware you needed.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM does have its own app store. But it simply is not as active as the Salesforce equivalent. Dynamics does have a great boon in terms of interoperability and not as much of a need for add-ons, but that is only if you are already using Microsoft products in tandem.

Database Differences — Dynamics CRM vs Salesforce

The question of whether Salesforce or Dynamics has a better user interface is up for debate. There are however more quantifiable differences in back-end architecture and database selection.

Most significant is the different in database technology. At the time Salesforce was under development, they chose Oracle. Oracle Database was the most scalable tech at the time.

Dynamics CRM is built on SQL Server (a natural choice as it is a Microsoft product). What this means is that SQL is scalable in terms of enterprise, but not across multiple enterprises (in terms of a single instance).

This means that Dynamics customer databases can be moved from on-premise to cloud. It also means that if a customer decides to migrate from Dynamics, they can receive their full database without a hitch.

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23 Nov

Sage 100 vs Sage X3: A Meaningful Upgrade?

Sage 100 vs Sage X3: A Meaningful Upgrade?

Sage X3 and Sage 100 are both capable ERP solutions. If you currently use Sage 100 you might be thinking about upgrading to Sage X3. If you don’t use either, you may not be sure which platform is right for you.

Sage X3 is Sage’s self-proclaimed flagship, top of the line ERP offering. It improves process through a workflow-heavy backend which ultimately provides an interface that is much easier to use. Sage 100 is closer to working with spreadsheets rather than true dashboards and visual drag-and-drop components. There is no golden rule as to which is better if you operate a small business. There are distinct advantages to each ERP solution beyond differences in price.

There are concerns that Sage X3 will undergo a rebrand as other Sage products have in the past. Sage may have had some stigmas attached to how often the names of their products change, but they assure us the name is sticking this time. Today, Sage has become a cutting edge ERP company with true cloud deployment options and improved customer service.

Sage 100 vs Sage X3 Key Differentiators

As you can see in the one-pager above, there are some sharp differentiators between Sage X3 and Sage 100. Sage X3 clearly has more out-of-the-box functionality (a quality that X3 has over SAP B1 as well). This is particularly true if you are operating across borders, have multiple companies or have international employees. If you’re expanding rapidly and have a need to automate processes, Sage X3 could be a better fit over Sage 100.

Sage 100 vs Sage X3 Industry Verticals

Sage 100 has an advantage in a few different micro-vertical industries:

  • Rental Management
  • Retail PoS
  • HVAC Plumbing
  • Job shop

Sage X3 has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top ERP solutions for manufacturing. Both process and discrete manufacturers would benefit from choosing Sage X3 over 100. X3 offers the following and more over 100:

  • Engineering change orders
  • Formula management
  • Quality assurance
  • RoHS Management (compliance related)

Sage 100 vs Sage X3 – The Decision

Deployments and implementations of an ERP cost valuable resources. When considering using Sage 100 vs Sage X3, remember that Sage X3 is a flagship product. Follow the graphic below to get your comparison one-pager.

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22 Sep

NetSuite vs Sage X3: An ERP Comparison

NetSuite vs Sage X3: An ERP Comparison

Both NetSuite and Sage X3 are two of the most asked about ERP solutions on the market today. While NetSuite might be getting more press because of Oracle’s recent acquisition, it would be a mistake to write off the growth of Sage and its flagship product in Sage X3. There are some clear differentiators between the two products, so we decided to create this head-to-head ERP software comparison (and a more in-depth NetSuite vs Sage X3 white paper here).

NetSuite vs Sage X3 Deployment Differences

Sage X3 can be hosted on-premise or on the cloud (through Amazon Web Services or similar solution), whereas NetSuite is only available on it’s internal cloud (SuiteCloud). There are benefits and drawbacks to each deployment method. Some companies can’t handle the exhaustive transfer of data to NetSuite’s cloud. Going on-premise with Sage X3 does require a higher upfront cost. However, it may be a more flexible deployment option in a hybrid environment (combinations of on-premise and cloud systems). Products in the cloud environment overall tend to promote more flexibility. Whether deployed on-premise or cloud, Sage X3 implementations tend to be less costly than NetSuite and have a shorter go live time.

Sage X3 has made strides with its cloud capabilities, and with the launch of 7.0 is fully capable as a multi-tenant platform. Sage has also addressed concerns about a lack of third-party apps by implementing RAD (Rapid Application Deployment). Creating updates and add-ons has become much more agile than in the past.

NetSuite vs Sage X3

NetSuite vs Sage X3 Integration Comparison

Wherever the initial decision on deployment lands, both NetSuite and Sage rarely cover all aspects of any given businesses financial practices. Generally speaking businesses have a multitude of third-party apps and patchwork solutions (i.e. barcoding / warehousing apps) in conjunction with their ERP solution. Often this can lead to integration issues and general user unhappiness.

Depending on your mindset, this can lead you down two paths. One might lead to NetSuite, which is an all-in-one solution. This can lead to difficulties if you are using a number of external business applications and need to integrate. But with its relatively full suite of options, you will likely have enough functionality. There is a native integration with Salesforce, but generally your path will be concrete.

If you think this is too much of a monolithic solution, Sage X3 offers more integration options. In general we also noticed pages and dashboards in NetSuite run noticeably slower than Sage X3. X3 is a more agile platform from which to optimize into a best of breed stack. If integration and flexibility is more important to you, Sage X3 is probably where you should lean. 

 

 NetSuite vs Sage X3

10 Jun

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 ERP Comparison

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 ERP Comparison

Microsoft Dynamics AX and SAP B1 are two of the top ten ERP platforms on the market. Versus one another, you would think AX and B1 have a lot in common, and they do. You might wonder which one works better for you and why; in this ERP comparison between SAP Business One and Microsoft Dynamics AX you’ll find the answer to your doubts as we aim to give an honest comparison between the two financial platforms. You can download the Dynamics AX vs. B1 white paper here.

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1:

Between SAP B1 and Dynamics AX you’ll find that the most of the base modules are almost the same. This includes financials, quality control and warehouse management. Both platforms have compatible add-on products for almost every aspect of the program, but they can also be handled with out-of-the-box tools.

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 – Add-ons and Integrations:

AX and B1 also share similar integrations and add-on products for AX and B1. Both are often integrated to other platforms (such as share point) using Scribe.

Many of Dynamics AX’s functions are performed better by add-ons. Although SAP B1 may have better out-of-the-box modules than AX, most of these add-ons will outperform SAP B1 standing alone.

Popular Dynamics AX Add-ons:

  • Instant AX for Manufacturing
  • Food AXcelerator (for food manufacturing)
  • ProjAX (Project Managment)
  • AX for Pharma
  • Manufacturing Essentials
  • AXIO Core (AR / AP, GL, fixed-asset management)

Popular SAP B1 Add-ons:

  • PPSOne (Manufacturing)

Both Dynamics and B1 are ready for the enterprise and can accommodate hundreds of users. For the maximum number of users, for deployments of over 300 users (which is very rare), we would actually recommend Dynamics.

Reporting Comparison:

While SAP B1 comes with Crystal Reports with available dashboards and for extra customization with advanced functionalities it is needed to have the HANA license; Dynamics AX comes with in build Business Intelligence Reporting tool, while Crystal Reports can still be used with AX it can turn very complex.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive deeper. Feel free to download our full PDF comparison guide comparing Dynamics AX vs. SAP (or check out our guide on SAP B1 vs Dynamics NAV).

In this PDF comparison guide, you’ll find…

  • Biggest differentiators (chart)
  • Licensing models
  • Industry verticals
  • Maximum recommended users

Download: AX vs. SAP B1 Guide