We recently completed an in-depth review of Sage X3 capabilities for a mid-market process manufacturing company. Sage X3 targets process manufacturing, distribution, and discrete make to stock manufacturing, mid-tier clients. Sage is a large software organization over 4,000 employees, with 650 working in Sage X3.
X3 offers a web-based dashboard landing page for its users, where they can determine the information they want to see. The end user is provided a role based menu system that provides information specific to that role, and graphical workflows to drive business processes via the software. Also, there is a Google like search capability to find information in the system. Sage X3 is integrated with Business Objects, and comes with five predefined cubes of data and 1000’s of metrics that do not require additional consulting dollars to configure when using the “out of the box” metrics.
Sage X3 has its own CRM tool (does not use Sage’s CRM) completely integrated. Leads or prospects are converted to customers, and Projects are used to track opportunities. With the addition of workflow the status of the project is tied to a person in the company. When entering an order, there is the ability to check inventory of the finished good and the components inventory when the manufacturing order is created.
The software can track internal or external development projects. These projects can be attached to quotes. This allows sample requests to be tracked internally as it is processed, and shipped to customers. Also, Sage is working with Formulator to bring lab formula management to X3. Formulator is a full featured formula management tool.
In manufacturing, a test plan can be setup to perform in process testing of a batch. And, the system offers a visual finite scheduling tool which can be used manually, or allow the system to put together best schedule.
Sage X3 is a very viable choice for a mid market process manufacturing company