Both small and large businesses can use smaller ERP systems
There is no doubt that SAP is the world’s biggest provider of ERP software. According to the website www.erplists.com, it has about one-third of the market. SAP and its closest rival, Oracle, are mainly focused on larger businesses, while vendors such as Microsoft and Infor are more involved in the mid-market – so overall market share doesn’t tell you that much.
While SAP has the largest marketshare for ERP applications, there still leaves a lot of share for other suppliers, the names of which may not trip off the tongue. It can be hard to find out where the applications of some of the smaller players are being used.
Tying down ERP market share is tricky. Large enterprises also buy mid-market products. That is not to say they ignore the big players, but they select certain products to fit niches that SAP and Oracle do not serve well. SearchManufacturingERP.com gives the example of French company Areva using Infor SiteLine for site operations alongside SAP for its financials. It felt the Infor product was more cost-effective and easier for its employees to learn to use for that particular purpose or group of users.