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Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine) is renowned in manufacturing for its robust bill of materials features, customizable reports, and modern design. The ERP’s key components include advanced planning and scheduling, supply chain management, accounting, and quality assurance.
Best For:
CloudSuite Industrial is best for small companies (10-50 employees) and medium-sized distributors and manufacturers (50-500). It supports made-to-order, made-to-stock, and mixed mode operations.
Fishbowl Inventory is an out-of-the-box software which caters to a lot of different industries in need of inventory management tools.
Best For:
Fishbowl is best for QuickBooks users that need advanced inventory management or a light MRP system. Typically best for small to medium sized businesses. Median business user has 30 employees.
8.5
Our Rating
based on our expert editorial analysis
8.8
USER RATING
based on 5 user reviews
Our Verdict:

We like that this Infor Syteline allows users to create or edit existing BOMs quickly. We also found the Engineering Board feature useful for developing accurate schedules and cost visibility.

However, we’d like to see an expanded QMS with more in-depth corrective action features. Due to its broad feature set and the complexity of navigation, it will require extensive training.

Pros:
  • Multi-site and multi-company support
  • Built-in business intelligence
  • Comprehensive supply chain management
Cons:
  • Limited QMS module
  • Difficult upgrades
  • Steep learning curve for new users
8.9
Our Rating
based on our expert editorial analysis
6.9
USER RATING
based on 21 user reviews
Our Verdict:

If you’re a small or midsize business on the hunt for a powerful and scalable inventory management software that won’t break the bank, Fishbowl is the way to go. We found it perfect for manufacturers with FDA or USDA audit requirements for traceability.

However, if you’re looking for a simple inventory management system to handle just a few assets, Fishbowl might be a bit too robust for your needs. And its seamless integration with QuickBooks means if you already have a full ERP solution in place, some features might end up being redundant.

Pros:
  • Competitive pricing; does not require a subscription
  • Integrates with QuickBooks
  • Can function as a light MRP system
Cons:
  • Somewhat steep learning curve
  • Transactions do not post to QuickBooks in realtime; manual or scheduled sync only
  • Customizations can lead to difficult support scenarios
  • Does not store quotes
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  • Starting Price $25,000/user (perpetual license)
  • Client OS Windows, Web
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  • Starting Price $4,395 (perpetual license)
  • Client OS Windows, macOS

After hands-on testing and reviewing by our editorial review staff, we are comparing two standout ERP solutions: Fishbowl Inventory and Infor CloudSuite Industrial.

Fishbowl Inventory Overview

Fishbowl Inventory is a scalable inventory management software that is well-suited for small to medium-sized businesses. It stands out for businesses that need advanced inventory management or a light MRP system. We found it perfect for manufacturers with FDA or USDA audit requirements for traceability.

That said, Fishbowl Inventory’s strengths come with a somewhat steep learning curve, and its transactions do not post to QuickBooks in real-time. Despite these drawbacks, its competitive pricing and ability to function as a light MRP system make it an excellent choice for QuickBooks users.

Infor CloudSuite Industrial Overview

On the other hand, Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine) is has bill of materials features, customizable reports, and a modern design. It is best suited for small to medium-sized distributors and manufacturers, supporting made-to-order, made-to-stock, and mixed mode operations.

We appreciated its multi-site and multi-company support, built-in business intelligence, and comprehensive supply chain management. However, it does have a limited QMS module and can be difficult to upgrade. The broad feature set and complexity of navigation also mean it requires extensive training.

Fishbowl Inventory vs. Infor SyteLine: Which is Better For Most Businesses?

For most businesses, Fishbowl Inventory is likely the better choice. While both products have their strengths, Fishbowl’s competitive pricing, robust inventory management tools, and seamless integration with QuickBooks make it a versatile solution for many small to medium-sized businesses.

However, for businesses that require advanced planning and scheduling, supply chain management, and customizable reports, Infor CloudSuite Industrial may be the better fit.

For a broader selection of ERP software, check out our roundup of the best ERP software overall.

Infor CloudSuite Industrial Screenshot
Infor CloudSuite Industrial
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Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine) is renowned in manufacturing for its robust bill of materials features, customizable reports, and modern design. The ERP’s key components include advanced planning and scheduling, supply chain management, accounting, and quality assurance.
Price Range
   $     $     $     $     $   
   $     $     $     $     $   
Starting Price
$25,000/user (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows, Web
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
Fishbowl Inventory Screenshot
Fishbowl Inventory
★★★★★
★★★★★
(21)
Fishbowl Inventory is an out-of-the-box software which caters to a lot of different industries in need of inventory management tools.
Price Range
   $     $     $     $     $   
   $     $     $     $     $   
Starting Price
$4,395 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows, macOS
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
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