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Enterprise resource planning—understanding ERP systems

Use an efficient ERP system to master enterprise resource planning and consolidate day-to-day tasks. Sage ERP software makes analyzing information and connecting with vital business processes easy.

What is an ERP system?

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a type of business management software that integrates and streamlines day-to-day business processes.

From procurement, inventory, and order management, to customer relationship management (CRM) human resources, and accounting, a good ERP system lets users share information across the entire business from a single, secure database. 

What can ERP software do and who is it for?  

With a fully-integrated ERP system, employees across departments can use the same reliable information to meet their day-to-day needs. The right ERP package should bring the front office and back office together. It’s a full enterprise management solution.

Once you’ve implemented the right ERP system, you’ll be able to identify areas that need improvement and make cost-effective decisions. This will enable you to unleash your full potential and take your company to the next level.

ERP system software for all types of businesses and industries

If you run a small or medium-sized business, ERP applications can help you manage your day-to-day operations and give you the insights you need to scale and grow. We offer powerful solutions that are more efficient and cost-effective than traditional ERP solutions through Sage Business Cloud.

For more established businesses or global industries like manufacturing, distribution, and engineering services, Sage X3 enterprise software meets more complex business needs.

What are the business benefits of an ERP system?

Whether you run a small business or a large corporation, ERP software from Sage will encourage your company’s growth and development. From expert advice to more efficient processes, discover the benefits now.

Streamline key processes

Sage ERP software allows you to consolidate daily operations to can maximize efficiency. Our easy-to-use enterprise resource planning system adjusts to your company’s unique needs, making it easier to manage crucial functions like human capital management, CRM, fixed assets, and more.

Cut costs and keep them down

The right ERP platform will make it easier for you to identify areas for improvement and give you the insights you need to make better informed business decisions. This in turn will help you cut costs and keep them down, all while growing your company.

Scale up at home and abroad

Our fast, simple, and flexible cloud ERP software will help you improve efficiency and expand your business at home and around the world. Ensure everyone is on the same page and boost morale by improving the flow of information between teams and simplifying operations.

Expert advice

Our extensive network of 40,000 accountants and 26,000 business partners provides industry expertise and on-site support to help you select, plan, and implement enterprise resource planning solutions to maximize your business potential.

Enterprise Resource Planning software from Sage

We're proud to offer our Sage X3 and Sage Intacct solutions to businesses in the manufacturing and wholesale distribution sectors. Whatever the needs of your industry, Sage ERP software will help you simplify complexity and drive growth.

Sage X3

A complete business management solution tailored to the demanding medium-sized business user.


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Ideal for global companies in the manufacturing, distribution, chemicals, and services industries. 

  • Take control of global operations
  • Get the insight you need, when you need it
  • Expand to new markets or geographies
  • Gain agility and focus on your business

Sage Intacct

The smart cloud accounting and ERP solution to unleash the potential of your business. Learn why industry leaders choose Sage Intacct.


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Across all industries, Sage Intacct customers achieve an average of:

  • 250% ROI
  • 6 months payback
  • 79% close time reduction
  • 65% productivity improvement

Rated #1 in customer satisfaction by G2.

Real customers. Real stories. Real experiences.

"Sage ensures that Lesters provides quality and consistency every step of the way."

Henry Mizrahi, President
Lesters Foods, Canada

"We have been much better at forecasting our internal inventory. We've reduced our inventory on-hand values by 50% while increasing fill rate and inventory turns."

Calvin Johnson, Founder and CEO
Lykki, Canada

ERP systems and software FAQs

  • ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, while CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management.
  • ERP focuses on streamlining and integrating different business processes across departments for enhanced efficiency and collaboration.
  • CRM manages customer-related activities to improve service, sales, marketing, and support efforts.
  • ERP systems are widely used in various industries and sectors, especially medium to large-scale enterprises.
  • Manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare, and finance are common industries that leverage ERP to optimize processes, manage resources, and gain insights from data.
  • Integration: Seamless data flow and collaboration across modules and departments.
  • Centralized database: Unified storage of relevant information for consistency and reduced redundancy. Can include on-prem storage, cloud-based storage, or a combination of both.
  • Customization: Flexibility to customize software to match specific business requirements and workflows.
  • Reporting and analytics: Robust tools for valuable insights and data visualization that help drive informed and future-focused decision-making.
  • Inventory management: Efficient tracking, optimization, and replenishment of stock across your site or sites. Some ERP systems like Sage Intacct and Sage X3 can handle inventory management across multiple entities.
  • Financial management: Comprehensive tools for accounting, budgeting, and invoicing. Modern ERPs will offer automation and AI tools to improve efficiency and efficacy. For example, Sage Intacct offers an AI and machine-learning powered general ledger that helps cut month's close time by up to 66%
  • Human resource management: Features to manage employee data, payroll, attendance, and performance evaluation.
  • ERP systems prioritize security due to handling sensitive data.
  • Reputable vendors implement security measures like user access controls, encryption, regular updates, auditing, and network security to prevent breaches and unauthorized access.
  • Yes, most ERP systems allow data migration.
  • It involves mapping and converting data from the old system's format to the ERP system.
  • Plan and execute the transfer carefully to avoid loss or corruption.
  • ERP vendors offer migration services and guidance, recommending close collaboration and thorough testing post-migration. For example, Sage Intacct and Sage X3 implementation experts help you migrate all your data every step of the way.

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