Best Project-Based ERP Software

Project-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems provide an end-to-end business solution with transparency for all departments at companies that generate revenue by conducting projects. These systems contain modules that address financial management, accounting information, billing, time and expense management, material and human capital allocation, payroll, and governance compliance for each project worked by the business. By recording all project-related information, companies gain visibility into what type of projects are the most profitable and which may be a waste of valuable resources, whether that be manpower or material resources. Such transparency also offers insights into budgeting, resource planning, and forecasting for future projects. When all departments have access to such information, businesses can work cohesively and internally to create best practices for the company. Industries that may utilize a project-based ERP system can include engineering, procurement, and construction businesses that manage jobs on a per-case level. Other businesses may include architecture firms, contractors and consulting groups, and research teams, among others. Project-based ERP systems require precise project management to maximize profitability of each project. While product-based businesses generally utilize an ERP suite, companies that manufacture for specific projects can utilize a project-based ERP system to better understand essential business processes. These systems may also offer similar functionality to professional service automation software and integrate with CRM systems.

To qualify for inclusion in the Project-Based ERP category, a product must:

  • Provide an end-to-end solution for all projects worked on by a company
  • Track and record enterprise resource data on a project level
  • Offer transparency throughout multiple departments as to the processes and data of projects, including financials, resource allocation, and time and expense management

Project-Based ERP Software Grid® Overview

The best Project-Based ERP Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Deltek Vision and Deltek Costpoint
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Projector PSA, Unanet, and Acumatica
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Microsoft Dynamics SL, Deltek Maconomy, and Unit4 Business World
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Deltek Ajera
G2 Crowd Grid® for Project-Based ERP
High Performers
Microsoft dynamics sl
Projector psa
Deltek vision
Deltek maconomy
Deltek ajera
Unit4 business world
Deltek costpoint
Market Presence
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