9.1
Editor’s Rating:
Best Overall
SAP Business One: Sales Analysis
SAP Business One
  • Highly customizable
  • Improved decision-making capabilities via extensive BI
  • Multi-currency/multi-language support
8.7
Editor’s Rating:
Best Accounting Tools
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Inventory Dashboard
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise
  • More advanced inventory features than other QuickBooks versions
  • Higher record capacity than other QuickBooks versions
  • Includes payroll and employee management
8.5
Editor’s Rating:
Best for Lean Manufacturers
Infor CloudSuite Industrial: Product Configuration
Infor CloudSuite Industrial
  • Multi-site and multi-company support
  • Built-in business intelligence
  • Comprehensive supply chain management

On-premise ERP is software installed on local, company-owned servers instead of deployed through the cloud. In a time where cloud-based solutions dominate, finding genuine on-premise options is increasingly difficult.

Our comprehensive research and testing cut through the noise, ensuring that every system listed here truly operates within your own infrastructure. These are our top recommendations:

1 SAP Business One - Best Overall

Why We Chose It: SAP Business One’s on-premise ERP software is ideal for businesses of all sizes, though it it remains popular with small to mid-sized businesses. In fact, most companies using SAP have between 10 and 99 employees, though some can reach up to 500. We picked Business One because it’s highly scalable and fits a wide range of industries.

As an organization expands, it can easily add new features, modules, and users to the system, supporting continuous growth. And while Business One provides a solid foundation of core business functions, it also supports industry-specific solutions developed by SAP partners. These include different sectors like manufacturing, retail, professional services, and distribution.

We like that SAP Business One offers extensive customizability options through the Software Development Kit (SDK). However, our research showed that it’s generally more expensive than other ERP systems. Upfront license costs and ongoing maintenance fees make Business One pricier, especially for very small companies.

Best Overall:
SAP Business One

SAP Business One: Sales Analysis
SAP Business One: Enterprise Search
SAP Business One: Cash Flow
What We Like
Highly customizable
Improved decision-making capabilities via extensive BI
Multi-currency/multi-language support
What We Don’t Like
Requires phone consult for pricing
Setup usually requires help from a Value Added Reseller (VAR)
No payroll module
Overview
Price Range: $$$$
Starting Price: $410/user/year
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises
Chart of SAP Industry Focus

2 QuickBooks Enterprise - Best Accounting Tools

Why We Chose It: QuickBooks Enterprise made our list because it’s a desktop-based solution with strong financial management capabilities. We like that it includes over 120 built-in reports, including forecast vs. actual budget, statement of cash flows, profit and loss, and A/R aging detail. Additionally, we appreciate that QuickBooks Enterprise allows accountants to customize reports and consolidate them for multi-location companies.

Serviceable as a light ERP system, Enterprise is Intuit’s most advanced platform under the QuickBooks brand. It offers core financials like general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payables, and fixed asset tracking. However, it exceeds QuickBooks Online’s basic capabilities, delivering advanced inventory management and payroll processing tools.

We should note though that the on-premises version of Enterprise is only compatible with Windows systems. Mac and Linux users will need to look elsewhere for a truly on-premise ERP system.

Best Accounting Tools:
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Inventory Dashboard
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Company Snapshot
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Payroll
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Income Tracker
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Credit Card Entry
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Company Preference Pane
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise: Batch Invoices
What We Like
More advanced inventory features than other QuickBooks versions
Higher record capacity than other QuickBooks versions
Includes payroll and employee management
What We Don’t Like
Most expensive version of QuickBooks
Requires annual contracts
Windows only
Overview
Price Range: $$$
Starting Price: $199/month
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

3 Infor CloudSuite - Best for Lean Manufacturers

Why We Chose It: Infor CloudSuite Industrial, formerly Infor SyteLine, is one of our top on-premise picks for lean manufacturers. It enhances agility and minimizes waste through specialized features like the Material Planner Workbench. This tool analyzes supply and demand across all warehouses and creates orders when inventory drops below safety stock levels​.

With the Material Planner Workbench, we found it easy to convert material requirements directly into purchase orders and jobs. It also helps manage vendor selection, planned orders, and order quantities to reduce load times and excess inventory. Overall, the ERP system is adept at supply chain management, accounting, quality assurance, and advanced planning and scheduling.

CloudSuite Industrial is designed with smart functionality, so manufacturers need less customization and a shorter implementation period. However, our research shows that Infor is increasingly shifting toward cloud-based solutions, potentially phasing out the on-premise version in the future.

Best for Lean Manufacturers:
Infor CloudSuite Industrial

Infor CloudSuite Industrial: Product Configuration
Infor CloudSuite Industrial: Inventory
Infor CloudSuite Industrial: PL Projection
Infor CloudSuite Industrial: Estimate
Infor CloudSuite Industrial: Customer Service Homepage
What We Like
Multi-site and multi-company support
Built-in business intelligence
Comprehensive supply chain management
What We Don’t Like
Limited QMS module
Difficult upgrades
Steep learning curve for new users
Overview
Price Range: $$$$$
Starting Price: $25,000/user (perpetual license)
Client OS: Windows, Web
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

4 Sage 100 Contractor

Why We Chose It: Sage 100 Contractor is our on-premise pick for construction and contracting businesses. It’s usually the next logical step for companies that have outgrown QuickBooks Online, providing more advanced functionality tailored for the industry. For example, we like that Sage 100 Contractor includes databases for electrical and plumbing contractors, with over 33,000 electrical parts and 45,000 plumbing and mechanical parts.

As an ERP system, Sage 100 Contractor handles accounting, project management, estimating, and service management. We found its specialized billing module especially useful for contractors, covering AIA, unitary, time and materials, progress, and service billing.

Sage 100 Contractor isn’t the most scalable pick, though. Our research shows it has far fewer integration options than competitors, with just 25 to QuickBooks Enterprise’s support for over 200. This might not be a problem for companies wanting to rely on just one ERP system for multiple processes.


Sage 100 Contractor: Dashboard
Sage 100 Contractor: Software Setup Page
Sage 100 Contractor: Payable Invoices/Credits Page
Sage 100 Contractor: Dispatch Board
Sage 100 Contractor: Contract Summary
Sage 100 Contractor: Projects Overview
What We Like
Large network of resellers and knowledge experts
Simple interface
Strong job costing
What We Don’t Like
Inventory management is a separate module
Limited accounting functionality in mobile app
Overview
Price Range: $$$
Starting Price: $160/user/month
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: On-Premises

5 AccountEdge

Why We Chose It: AccountEdge made our list as one of the more affordable on-premise accounting systems. The AccountEdge Pro plan offers local desktop installation and starts at just $20 a month, supporting one user. We like that the software is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems and provides a 30-day free trial.

AccountEdge covers a range of features, such as contact management, sales, inventory tracking, and time billing. All plans include email support. However, companies needing phone support must either sign up for the AccountEdge Hosted plan or subscribe to the telephone support add-on. Last, payroll functionality is only available as an add-on at $20/month for unlimited employees.


AccountEdge: Accept Payments
AccountEdge: Item Details
AccountEdge: Inventory
AccountEdge: Sales Invoice
AccountEdge: Payroll
AccountEdge: Contact Card
AccountEdge: Void Check with New Stamp
AccountEdge: UI Sales Register
AccountEdge: Sales and Purchases
AccountEdge: Inventory
AccountEdge: Payroll
AccountEdge: Sales
What We Like
Progress billing
Offers departmental and multi-currency accounting features
Data conversion from QuickBooks or other AccountEdge system
What We Don’t Like
Lack of search capabilities
Billing system is through AccountEdge Connect and not base program
Overview
Price Range: $$
Starting Price: $20/month
Client OS: Windows, macOS
Deployment: On-Premises

6 Advantive ERP

Why We Chose It: Inform ERP, also known as Advantive ERP, is a strong pick for distribution businesses. Its on-premise deployment allows distributors to run the system on their own servers for faster response times and better data security. We also like that it has advanced inventory management, giving users quick access to on-demand kit modifications, assembly options, and de-kitting.

Another reason we picked Inform ERP: it has an embedded CRM tool with detailed customer data, including interaction logs and purchase history. This is ideal for distributors handling a wide range of products and a large client base. It even includes eCommerce functionality, providing a customizable website with ERP-integrated inventory availability.

On the other hand, our research showed that users find third-party app integrations challenging. Additionally, they reported navigation is sometimes difficult, particularly when accessing features buried deep within menus.


Inform ERP: Summary Dashboard
Inform ERP: Sporadic Demand
Inform ERP: Projected PO
Inform ERP: Customer Pricing
What We Like
Strong warehouse management system
Advanced reporting capabilities
Comprehensive sales management features
What We Don’t Like
Limited customization options
Mobile site and ordering app could be improved
Some users report slow support response times
Overview
Price Range: $$$$
Client OS: Windows, Web
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

7 MIP Fund Accounting

Why We Chose It: MIP Fund Accounting, formerly Abila MIP, is one of our top choices for nonprofits and government agencies. That’s because it enables detailed fund accounting, allowing organizations to report on and manage different funds based on specific grant requirements and restrictions. It also tracks grant-related finances and has advanced reporting capabilities compliant with FASB and GASB standards.

During testing, we noticed MIP Fund Accounting handles complex indirect costs and investment allocations well. It also offers advanced calculation options and aligns with OMB Cost Principles. However, some users found migrating their data from the on-premise version to the cloud cumbersome and expensive.


MIP Fund Accounting: MIP Cloud Dashboard
MIP Fund Accounting: Reporting
MIP Fund Accounting: Advanced Audit Features
MIP Fund Accounting: Internal Controls for User Rights
MIP Fund Accounting: Bank Reconciliation
MIP Fund Accounting: Multiple Budget Worksheets
What We Like
Collect donations from desktops, tablets, and mobile devices
Customizable Reports
Integrates well with other software
What We Don’t Like
Clunky design
Not very user-friendly
Weak Reporting Capabilities
Overview
Price Range: $$$
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

8 AccountMate

Why We Chose It: We added AccountMate Enterprise to our list because of its strong project accounting capabilities. It’s best for SMBs in architecture, engineering, and financial services. Overall, we like that AccountMate Enterprise integrates project management with accounting, ensuring all time entries, expenses, and revenues are directly reflected in financial statements.

The Enterprise solution supports flexible billing and invoicing capabilities with various billing arrangements like fixed fees, time and materials, and milestone billing. It also enables detailed budgeting at the project or task level and helps forecast revenues, costs, and cash flows.

While AccountMate handles payroll, our research showed that the system lacks a human resources module. This could be a problem for companies looking for training course management or employee self-service portals. It’s worth noting, however, that the absence of built-in HR capabilities is not uncommon among many ERP platforms.


AccountMate: Inventory Maintenace
AccountMate: Customer Maintenance
AccountMate: Bank Account Maintenace
What We Like
Flexible deployment options
Highly customizable
Modular and scalable
What We Don’t Like
Outdated user interface
Lacks native integrations
No free trial available
Overview
Price Range: $$$
Starting Price: $4,000/user (perpetual license)
Client OS: Windows
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

9 Global Shop Solutions

Why We Chose It: We picked Global Shop Solutions because it’s a great on-premises software for discrete manufacturers. It enables resource and material planning with job lead time estimates, generating accurate sales quotes and production schedules. Global Shop Solutions also helps discrete manufacturers with shop management, including material review and performance measurement for equipment and work centers.

During our live demo of Global Shop Solutions, we noted that its user interface was somewhat traditional. Navigation sometimes required several clicks, but we liked the advanced search function. It allows users to locate parts and sub-components quickly. Last, Global Shop Solutions has granular time tracking for better overhead tracking and cost evaluation.


Global Shop Solutions ERP Software: Main Menu (Dark)
Global Shop Solutions ERP Software: KPI
Global Shop Solutions ERP Software: Workcenters
Global Shop Solutions ERP Software: Supply and Demand
Global Shop Solutions ERP Software: CRM
What We Like
Support for 30 industries and more than 25 countries
Windows and cloud deployment
Mixed-mode manufacturing support
What We Don’t Like
Need for extensive training
Occasional system lag
Traditional user interface
Overview
Price Range: $$$$$
Client OS: Windows, iOS, Android, Web
Deployment: Cloud or On-Premises

10 Executive Series

Why We Chose It: SBT Executive Series made our list because of its multi-entity accounting functionality. Users can manage hundreds of companies without needing to log out of one business and log into another. It also supports over 150 currencies, along with multiple currency rate types.

Executive Series includes a Customization Manager with unlimited detailed history for broad historical analysis across different entities. It also features consolidated reporting, which can run hundreds of standard reports across individual or multiple companies.

Executive Series

Executive Series: Purchase Order
Executive Series: Accounts Payable
Executive Series: General Ledger
Executive Series: Multi Company General Ledger Analysis
Price Range
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Client OS
Windows

What Is On-Premise ERP?

On-premise ERP refers to enterprise resource planning software installed and maintained on the client’s hardware and infrastructure, rather than being hosted on a remote server or cloud platform.

The organization fully controls the software with on-premise ERP, including customization, configuration, and security. They are responsible for maintaining the hardware, software updates, backups, and security protocols. Additionally, access is typically restricted to users within the organization’s network.

While on-premise options offer greater control and customization options, they also require a hefty upfront investment in hardware, software licenses, and IT resources. Upgrades and updates may also incur additional costs and downtime for implementation.

On-premise deployment is the route to go for companies wanting complete control over their data. However, it may not be as flexible or scalable as cloud-based ERP, which offers lower initial costs, easier scalability, and accessibility from anywhere with an internet connection.

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On-Premises Benefits

On-premise ERP systems offer many benefits, starting with ownership. They’re generally provided through a perpetual license, though a few require ongoing maintenance or upkeep costs. Instead of making monthly or annual payments, companies implementing an on-premise ERP make a one-time payment. While it’s a lot upfront compared to SaaS ERP, a perpetual license can have a lower total cost of ownership than a subscription after only eight years of use.

Perpetual License vs Subscription Costs Graph

Hosting an ERP on local servers means more control over important company data, as everything is stored on local servers rather than in a third-party cloud. This can result in better security as long as IT stays on top of patches and other maintenance.

Since the system is restricted to local servers, it depends on local IT support. Businesses can hire their own technicians who understand company processes when making repairs or updates. These technicians won’t try to upsell additional services like a vendor-sent technician might.

Vendors can’t change on-premise solutions after the fact, so any releases on new versions won’t impact current systems. Cloud-hosted systems can potentially update to an entirely unrecognizable user interface with no way to revert back. Some on-prem applications can even operate offline, allowing uninterrupted work without an internet connection.

Private and Developer-Hosted Cloud ERP

Of course, it’s important to mention that on-premise ERP can be converted to private or developer-hosted cloud systems later. Private cloud ERP systems offer businesses several unique advantages, combining the best on-prem control with the increased functionality of developer-hosted cloud services.

Private cloud ERP has a significantly higher ownership cost than on-prem and developer-hosted systems. It may also require a third party to manage the infrastructure, making it not much different from a public, developer cloud.

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Drawbacks of On-Premises Software

For all its benefits, there are a few drawbacks to consider before implementing an on-premise ERP system:

  • Higher IT costs: Since the ERP must be maintained locally, businesses may need to hire an IT specialist, increasing payroll. And there’s no guarantee of access to future updates, which may improve performance and security. At least not without making additional payments to the vendor.
  • Reduced accessibility: Users of on-prem software can’t always log in from any web browser the way they could with a cloud-based system. This can limit business opportunities when traveling or attending meetings.
  • More migration costs: If a business decides to switch to a private or developer cloud-based in the future, the necessary changes can be costly. Data migration alone will be pricey, not to mention installing any new hardware to meet compatibility requirements.
  • Harder to integrate: Many businesses utilize multiple software products to operate as efficiently as possible. Integrating an on-premise ERP with out-of-the-box software can be difficult if those systems are cloud-based or from another provider.

Is On-Premise Right for Your Business?

To know which is best for your business, it’s important to fully understand the differences between on-premise and cloud-based software. One keeps data secure and close; the other offers more opportunities for updates and growth. At the end of the day, there are undeniable benefits to both on-premise and cloud-based ERP systems.

To determine if on-prem is right for your business, you need to consider several factors:

  • Size of organization
  • Number of users
  • Potential growth
  • Industry standards
  • Budgetary restrictions
  • Customization needs

For example, a global enterprise might not want an on-premise ERP because it can limit growth opportunities. Yet some businesses might need to use an on-prem solution to keep data as secure as possible.

Request free ERP software recommendations from the advisors at Software Connect for assistance.

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On-Premise ERP Pricing Guide

The average monthly cost for small businesses with $1- $5 million in annual revenue is $1,740. Enterprises with over $100 million in revenue may see these costs escalate to $9,330 monthly. In total, these can range from $20,880 to $111,960, not including support, training, or implementation.

The implementation phase for on-premises ERP can be particularly costly, often double the annual software-related expenses. So, for a business investing $20,880 annually in its ERP, implementation costs could reach at least $42,000. This figure represents a one-time expense, including hardware setup, software customization, and initial user training.

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SAP Business One provides comprehensive business management capabilities for small and medium-sized companies. This system provides integrated departmental support for finance, sales, supply chain management, production, project management, and production processes. This software can be deployed on-premise or on the cloud, and accessed from any mobile device through iOS and Android apps. The SAP API Business Hub allows for a wide range of partner integrations.
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QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is a Windows-based accounting system for small to medium businesses. It’s perhaps Intuit’s most advanced platform under the QuickBooks brand, offering more capacity and advanced inventory features. The software’s strong inventory management tools, including advanced tracking and automation, particularly benefit businesses managing complex inventory across multiple locations. [QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise offers cloud access](https://quickbooks.intuit.com/desktop/enterprise/hosting/) as an annual subscription, in addition to its on-premises offering. It also has industry-focused editions with tools and reporting tailored to specific business needs, enhancing customization.
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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.
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Sage 100 Contractor is an integrated business management software designed specifically for contractors, encompassing features like accounting, project management, estimating, and service management tools. This software aids contractors in effectively managing operations, such as enhanced job costing, by tracking budgeted versus actual expenses and letting users create customized reports and job income statements. Specialized billing modules are available for AIA, unitary, time and materials, progress, and service billing to meet the needs of many contractors.
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AccountEdge is a small business accounting software that helps business owners organize, process, and report on their financial information so they can focus on their business. Its feature set includes accounting, integrated payroll, sales and purchases, contact management, inventory tracking, time billing, and more. There are separate pricing plans for Mac and Windows users, though the monthly subscription for the first license is still $20. A 30-day free trial is available; no credit card is required.
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Inform ERP is a distribution software. Its warehouse management capabilities ensure accurate inventory tracking, while the sales management features enhance team productivity. Key features include advanced reporting capabilities, a user-friendly interface, and frequent updates that enhance functionality. It integrates everyday operations with CRM, eCommerce, and analytics, making it a versatile tool for distributors.
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MIP Fund Accounting is a software supporting a wide range of transaction types through up to 25 different modules. It offers a suite of functionalities including fund accounting, procurement, budgeting, payroll, HR, timekeeping, fixed asset management, and grant management.
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AccountMate offers adaptable business management and accounting solutions for businesses of all sizes. Their flagship products, including AccountMate Enterprise and AccountMate SQL, cater to diverse needs. Features like customizable passwords, multi-factor authentication, real-time bank balances, and financial reporting enhance efficiency. Customization options and source code modifiability provide flexibility.
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Global Shop Solutions is a manufacturing ERP software with modules for workflow planning, inventory control, CRM, and SPC. It provides options for both cloud-based and on-premise deployment with SaaS licensing.
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Executive Series

Executive Series is a completely integrated accounting solution with strong drill down capabilities. Executive Series is fully customizable through source code to meet the unique needs of your company. Standard features include file attachments, work-flow routing and approvals. Multi-company support allows for managing hundreds of companies without exiting and reentering the application. Hundreds of standard reports are included with the unlimited ability to create custom reports. Director
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