While a good CRM is important to keeping happy customers, so is an efficient supply chain. We see that both ERPs have comparable SCM software, but again, they are strong in different areas. Although the applications technically score the same, you’ll want to make sure that the features of the ERP you choose align with the needs of your business.
Distribution Management, which provides information on warehouse profitability and manages other distribution tasks, is good in both ERP systems. The Purchase Order Processing feature of each solution is also equally capable. SAP utilizes their ‘procure to pay’ module to help companies manage purchases and enforce vendor choices while looking at their procurement patterns to drive future decisions. ‘Order to cash’ helps to manage quotes and other aspects of contracts with vendors, as well as looking at deliveries.
Oracle contains a ‘Supplier Invoice to Payment’ process management tool for vendor relationships. This includes things like supplier registration, contract creation and invoice payment tools to help make it easier for a company to purchase what it needs to function. Oracle’s ‘time and labor cloud’ and ‘sourcing cloud’ tools provide transparency for these sorts of tracking.
The applications start to vary in caliber with Event Management and Advanced Planning System (APS). SAP has better event management, giving you greater insight and visibility into your supply chain. But Oracle has better APS, allowing you to better track costs and allocate resources more efficiently.