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6 ERP software providers for SME owners to check out

Belinda Wan
August 6, 2021

All at a glance: A good ERP system can make it easier for you to generate reports and see quickly how various departments are functioning. Photo credit: Unsplash


No one said it was easy being a business owner. If your company is not doing well, you have to think of how it can do better. Once it does better, you need to think about how it can do even better.

And once it manages to do better, you start thinking of how you can maintain its performance, or grow the business even more. It never really ends.

After all, every business owner wants his or her company to do well… and if possible, grow. Business growth isn’t as impossible as it sounds, even in a pandemic. It all begins with making sure that scalability is achievable.

You can start by automating your business processes. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is one of the ways you can do this.

We have discussed what to consider when implementing ERP, as well as how to go about doing it.

Now, we’ve rounded up six ERP software providers that you can check out.  

1. Deskera

What: All-in-one platform Deskera offers integrated accounting, CRM and HR software to grow your business with. Deskera ERP is approved by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

What it offers: The ERP solutions offered here fall into four main categories: Accounting, Finance and Inventory; CRM & Marketing Automation; HRMS & Payroll; and APIs, Webhooks & Customization for easy navigation.

Noteworthy features: The Industry section of the site profiles specific Deskera solutions for various types of businesses, such as Cafes, Shopify Seller, Franchises, e-Commerce, Creative Agencies, Manufacturing, Retail, Startups, and more.

Price points: The great thing here is that not only are price points clearly mentioned, there are also only three price packages to choose from. All you need to do is select either Monthly or Yearly, and your preferred plan. All prices stated are for per user, per month.

Choose from Startup (US$35 monthly; US$29 yearly); Essential (US$58 monthly; US$49 yearly); and Professional (US$119 monthly; US$99 yearly) – with all the features you will be getting clearly listed out. Better yet – Deskera offers free 15-day trials for all plans.

How to get started: Register here to watch a live demo or simply type in your email address here to start your free 15-day trial.

In a nutshell: We like how the site organizes its solutions into just four categories; and limits its pricing to just three plans.

The prices and features are clearly stated, and the Industry section is extremely helpful to business owners. But the best thing has got to be the 15-day free trial. Definitely worth checking out.

2. Highnix

What: An outfit that focuses mainly on cloud-based ERP software and accounting systems for SMEs and micro enterprises.

It was founded by a team of system analysts, developers and programmers.

What it offers: Two main products to consider here – ERP and Accounting Systems with Peppol e-invoice, and HR/Payroll and Leave Management systems. Under its own Highnix brand, it also offers ERP, plus Enhanced Inventory and Sales Management, and Business Essential System software.

Noteworthy features: The product range is pretty comprehensive and offers much flexibility. Highnix ERP systems are able to integrate with third-party systems from other companies via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

You can add other languages, or integrate PayNow QR codes to your invoices via Peppol solutions. Highnix systems can also run on various operating systems, and be accessed via the cloud, on-site, or smart devices.

The company’s products can also be scaled up, upgraded and expanded to suit business growth. Data security, backup and restoration functions are also available.

Price points: No prices are explicitly mentioned on the site. But Perpetual Licenses and Subscription Licenses are available – with the latter being a more affordable option.

How to get started: Read the frequently asked questions here or contact the team here. You can also call them at 6214 1157 or email sales@highnix.com.

In a nutshell: If you have been thinking of getting an ERP or accounting system with InvoiceNow capabilities, this is a great place to start. Whether you want to go big or small, there is likely to be something here that will suit your needs and budget.

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3. Accentuate

What: A local company founded by a “dynamic team of SME owners” that wants to “introduce enterprise grade solutions to micro, small and medium SMEs”.

What it offers: A comprehensive suite of software solutions ranging from Solutions (including ERP Software), Projects, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Accounting, POS, Human Resource Management Software (HRMS), Manufacturing and even Custom Development.

Noteworthy features: Two important products to check out are the ERP Subscription Packages and CRM Subscription Packages, which often go hand in hand anyway. However, you can start with only CRM software first if you prefer.

If you start with ERP directly, you’ll get features such as Software Subscription, Everything From CRM, Purchase Management, Advanced Accounting, Inventory Management and Price List Management.

Price points: No complex pricing models here. For ERP, you can subscribe to a pay-as-you-go payment model for $600 per month. Or go for a value-for-money plan for $6,600 per year. No user caps for both.

How to get started: Subscribe to ERP here. Get a confirmation email for your video log-in account within one hour, and your ERP software log-in details within 48 hours.

In a nutshell: This is a good choice for SME owners with big teams who are cash-strapped. The ERP subscriptions – with a choice of a pay-as-you-use or yearly models – are a big plus point.

4. ODES

What: A member of McCoy Holdings, ODES offers a Singapore ERP software – as well as ODES Multi-Channel, which enables sellers to connect to buyers worldwide.

It also offers i-ERP Solutions, which utilizes the Internet of Things (IoT) and even Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

What it offers: In terms of ERP, it covers good ground. ODES is an all-in-one, fully customizable ERP business platform that has key features such as CRM, HRM, Accounting, Inventory, Invoicing, Finance, Sales Automation, Marketing Automation, Project Management, E-Commerce Development, Manufacturing and Purchase, and more.

The integrated business software offers both on-premise and cloud solutions, and is highly flexible and scalable. You can even opt for customized ERP solutions.

Noteworthy features: ODES’ solutions span various industries such as Building and Construction, Manufacturing, Retail and E-Commerce, Service Industry, Oil and Gas, and Food And Beverage (F&B), which is quite convenient.

Its “implementation methodology” includes free business consultancy, a detailed gap analysis, custom development, configuration, user acceptance testing, deployment, support maintenance and system updates.

Price points: No price points are mentioned. But you can contact them for a free consultation.

How to get started: Visit here to find out more. You can also call them at 6515 2988 or email info@mccoy.com.sg for more details.

In a nutshell: The keywords on the site are “all-in-one” and “customizable” and “flexible”. It does seem like you can get a wide range of products here – from basic ERP systems to more complex IoT- or IIoT-related solutions.

5. Synergix Technologies

What: Founded in 1990, the company specializes in fully integrated web- and cloud-based ERP systems.

It also offers related ERP services used by SMEs here, as well as companies in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

What it offers: ERP modules such as CRM, HRMS, Business Analytics, Contract Management, CRM, Equipment Servicing Management, Project Costing Management, and more – across industries such as Trading and Distribution, Construction, Manufacturing, F&B, Marine, Retail, Engineering, Rental, and Laundry.

Under each industry, a range of industry-specific features available in the Synergix ERP System, as well as suitable modules that go with the system, are mentioned. The same goes for the ERP modules. Since they are a developer, the ERP solutions here are customizable.

Noteworthy features: The ERP solutions are conveniently organized by industries and modules. It does seem like the Synergix ERP System offers a suite of business solutions applicable to many industries – many of whose details are on the site.

Apart from the option of multiple languages, the system is able to run on a cloud-based platform that can be accessed via a web browser or mobile application.  

From now till 30th March, 2022, SMEs can even get up to 80% off via a government grant. You can also sign up for InvoiceNow.

Price points: No mention of prices.

How to get started: Request for a free demo here. Call 6664 3030 or email marketing@synergixtech.com for more details.

In a nutshell: With a choice of specific ERP solutions to fit a wide range of industries, Synergix is a good place to start if your company is in a specific sector. The Productivity Solutions Grant is also an incentive.

6. EQUIP

What: One of the products of leading ERP solution provider HashMicro, EQUIP is a business software that offers solutions for a wide range of industries in Singapore and Indonesia.

What it offers: The solutions here are categorized into Essentials (ERP, CRM), Product Oriented (Inventory System, Point of Sales), Service Oriented (Booking System, Facility Management) and Industry Specific (Restaurant System, Manufacturing System) for easy reference.

Or you can choose from Industries such as Wholesale, Retail, F&B, and many more.

Noteworthy features: EQUIP’s ready-to-use ERP solutions are all customizable and suitable for multiple users. You can add more users to the system at no extra charge.

The blog, with its many industry-specific articles, is a good resource for SME owners. It also offers the Enterprise Development Grant, which can defray up to 70% of your costs.

Call hotlines and portal support are available 24/7, but you can also request for a project manager to help analyze what you need.

Price points: No mention of prices, but you can get a free product tour. This means the EQUIP team will give you a free on-site presentation, demo or product trial.

How to get started: Contact them using this form, call 8777 6207 or email enquiries@equiperp.com for more details.

In a nutshell: The solution- and industry-specific categorization is pretty user-friendly and the free on-site demo is a bonus. SMEs with many users will  appreciate the fact that no extra fee will be charged for adding more users.  

Conclusion

Not so long ago, ERP solutions were deemed to be a hefty investment for companies, and the price of implementation failure, even higher.

But these days, ERP is a relatively less expensive option, thanks to the licensing model, and the subscription or software-as-a-service (SaaS) trend.

If you would like to start reaping its benefits, follow this guide to get started on your ERP journey. Be sure to check that full integration and customization are possible before you commit.

Lastly, ensure that you are clear about what you are paying for in your package, and check if tech support and maintenance fees are included.


All information correct at time of publishing. However, information and promotions stated are subject to change at the discretion of the ERP software providers. Please contact the respective companies directly if you have any queries or require any clarification.


Leading digital loan marketplace Lendingpot connects SMEs to its network of 45 lenders comprising relationship managers from banks, financial institutions, and private and peer-to-peer lenders in Singapore. It aims to help SMEs overcome the information asymmetry problem and lack of transparency prevalent in the SME financing sector by offering SMEs financing options such as business term loans, property loans, revenue-based financing, credit lines, working capital loans, bridging loans, invoice financing, and more.

About the author

Belinda loves thinking about random stuff, and collecting useless bits of facts and trivia. She often roots for the underdog, and believes the world needs more happy endings.

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