Gartner defines a product-centric cloud ERP suite as a set of loosely coupled products comprising: Operational ERP — supply chain and manufacturing-related functionality such as demand management, order management, material requirements planning (MRP), inventory management, supply chain/direct procurement, manufacturing control capabilities, and distribution/logistics. Financial management functionality (those vendors that provide only financial management as a suite are rated in a separate Magic Quadrant). Purchasing focused on indirect goods, services and capital equipment. HCM — for cost management as well as staffing for operational resources. Specialized, industry-specific modules or applications including, but not limited to, modules such as configure-to-order (CTO) or make-to-order (MTO), and field service management (FSM), or broader application solutions like enterprise asset management (EAM) and product life cycle management (PLM).
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) is a specialist class of production-oriented software that manages, monitors and synchronizes the execution of real-time, physical processes involved in transforming raw materials into intermediate and/or finished goods. These systems coordinate this execution of work orders with production scheduling and enterprise-level systems like ERP and product life cycle management (PLM). MES applications also provide feedback on process performance, and support component and material-level traceability, genealogy and integration with process history, where required. These capabilities extend from product/process design release (PLM) and work order release (ERP) through completion of the manufacturing process. Gartner’s view of the MES market does not include production automation software such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distributed control systems (DCSs) or programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Gartner defines the market for quality management system software as “the business information management system that manages quality policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs). This may include, but is not limited to, customer requirements, quality documents, ISO requirements, manufacturing capabilities, robust design, auditing procedures and protocols, nonconformance/risk management activities, testing criteria, and industry-specific regulations (for example, U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] or Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR] requirements)".