A Quick Review of Business Management Software Appropriate for Small Businesses

We’ve reviewed accounting, CRM, HR, and payroll processing applications in the last several months. Let’s look at the software packages that include most of these apps under one interconnected roof. They go by the name of business management software or ERP.

We’ve picked highly rated software according to more than one source. The software is suitable for small to medium businesses. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Odoo ERP, an open-source software consists of lots of integrated, customizable business apps. Apps include CRM, Sales, Project, Manufacturing, Inventory, and Accounting modules. The inventory forecasting, field service booking, and centralized inventory database modules receive high marks.

NetSuite is a cloud-based ERP with modules for Financial/ERP, HR, professional services automation, and an Omni commerce channel. NetSuite received high marks for its shift scheduling, shop floor, and payment batches features.

Striven ERP, cloud-based, offers a free trial. You will find the essence of what you need to conduct business daily, including accounts receivable, billing and invoicing, and agile methodologies. It receives high marks for ease of use and quality of support.

Scoro calls itself an end-to-end work management software designed for agencies and consultancies. A suite of project management, CRM, billing, and reporting tools in one place. Scoro also connects to other tools easily, such as Mailchimp. It receives high marks for its Performance, Planning, and Optimization in Project and Portfolio Management.

My advice from spending many years working with and implementing ERP software is to choose the program best suited to your entire company with input from your staff. It’s important to include your employees in design through deployment.  

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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