Demonstration Videos

In order to provide County employees with a general understanding of the current state of the market for Enterprise Resource Planning tools, several vendors were asked to provide demonstrations of their products. Products are ranked by Tier. ERP Tiers are a method of classifying a vendor's software based on the size of the entity the solution must accommodate and the type of processes the entity will require from the software. Tiers are useful measures of a vendor's ability to scale its software solution and the capabilities of that solution.

There are 3 Tiers in ERP software solutions: Tier 1, Tier 1.5, and Tier 2. 

In Summary:

Tier 1 Solutions are focused on private sector business processes. These solutions can handle complex needs of a variety of types of entities. They are flexible, configurable, and able to scale up to handle the largest entities' needs. However, they can be difficult and costly to implement and maintain due to their complexity.

Tier 2 Solutions are focused on public sector business processes. These solutions are tailored to meet the needs of local, state, and federal governments and often have more "built-in" features targeted toward government requirements. However, they are also less flexible than Tier 1 solutions, offer less configuration options, and can be difficult to scale up for use in large entities. Their rigidity does make them more cost- and time-efficient to implement and maintain.

Tier 1.5 Solutions fill the market gap between Tier 1 and Tier 2 solutions. Often, they are more flexible and configurable than Tier 2 solutions, but more rigid and easier to implement than Tier 1 solutions. Tier 1.5 solutions have aspects of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 solutions and their pros and cons are dependent on the particular solution being analyzed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Example of a Tier 1 Solution:

Oracle Peoplesoft

 

 

 

     

 

For more information on types of ERP Solutions, visit the Types of ERP Solutions page.

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