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Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl

Brightpearl is very well suited for small-medium companies that are growing quickly and need a way to improve their operational systems and functionality to handle increasing volume of orders. Particularly if you use multiple SKUs, sales channels, and/or warehouses, the features offered by Brightpearl are excellently well suited to handle these types of needs. I don't believe Brightpearl would be very applicable for very small companies with a small number of SKUs, as many of the features offered would be unnecessary and underutilized.
Joel Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

For a mid-sized company, it is a decent choice. Other ERP vendors will give you a better employee self-service portal. I'm assuming Lawson's price point is lower than those, however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Pay calculation
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Benefit plan administration
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Direct deposit files
Brightpearl
Infor M3
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.0
Reimbursement management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0

Customization

Brightpearl
Infor M3
4.9
API for custom integration
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.1
Plug-ins
Brightpearl
Infor M3
4.8

Security

Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.0
Single sign-on capability
Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.3
Role-based user permissions
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.7

Reporting & Analytics

Brightpearl
Infor M3
1.9
Dashboards
Brightpearl
Infor M3
3.1
Standard reports
Brightpearl
Infor M3
1.3
Custom reports
Brightpearl
Infor M3
1.4

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Brightpearl
Infor M3
6.4
Accounts payable
Brightpearl
Infor M3
4.2
Accounts receivable
Brightpearl
Infor M3
6.0
Global Financial Support
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.1
Intercompany Accounting
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Localizations
Brightpearl
Infor M3
6.1
Journals and Reconciliations
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Enterprise Accounting
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Standardized Processes
Brightpearl
Infor M3
4.1

Subledger and Financial Process

Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Brightpearl
Infor M3
6.0
Shared Services Payments
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.0
Billings Management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.0
Customer Collections
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.1
Revenue Recognition
Brightpearl
Infor M3
6.0
Cash Management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.1
Asset Management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
5.1
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Transactions Tax
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0

Project Financial Management

Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.4
Budgeting and Forecasting
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Project Costing
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Cost Capture
Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.0
Capital Project Management
Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.0
Customer Invoicing
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Brightpearl
Infor M3
8.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0
Project Financials Dashboard
Brightpearl
Infor M3
7.0

Pros

Brightpearl

  • Brightpearl tracks order changes and communications very well. It documents all activity in a feed that anyone can see, including status changes, notes made, emails sent, etc.
  • Brightpearl makes it incredibly easy to find orders fitting certain criteria through the use of statuses that you can customize. For example, as a multichannel seller, we can easily create statuses for each channel that we sell from, where our orders will (oftentimes automatically) land in. We also deal often with things like back ordered items; we can also create statuses for certain brands, so that when we expect a shipment in from that company, our back order specialist can easily sort through her orders that are waiting on that shipment.
  • Brightpearl makes it easy to take orders over the phone. Everything I need is right there on one screen; not often do I find myself needing to deviate to other tabs. The steps I take (from "new order" to finish) are straightforward and understandable, and go in steps that make sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

  • Web-based and rarely crashes.
  • Capable of producing a lot of different report styles.
  • Facilitates information sharing across different departments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Brightpearl

  • Supports only a small number of marketplaces and in a limited way only. When I signed up with Brightpearl they claimed that you could list directly onto eBay from within Brightpearl but this turned out to be untrue as Brightpearl did not support eBay postage policies (eBay's semi literate way of saying shipping tables).
  • Not only can you not list directly onto eBay, you cannot list directly from within Brightpearl to any marketplaces whatsoever. With other software you can list directly to all the marketplaces they integrate with.
  • Brightpearl is abysmal at VAT. Brightpearl calculates VAT on Channel Islands and Canary Islands orders even though there is no Vat in either of them. So when you pay HMRC you will be paying them a bit extra unless you check all your orders which makes the software somewhat redundant.
  • When I signed up they advertised Brightpearl as the software to automate your online selling. But it didn't really do that. A couple of years later at considerable extra cost they released an add-on app called Brightpearl Automation that does seem to deliver on automation. However other software offers that at no extra cost.
  • Brightpearl claims that it integrates with Amazon, but this is only partially true as they have completely ignored the new marketplaces that Amazon have opened. If you list on those marketplaces you have to input the orders manually and Brightpearl will not update the stock, putting you at risk of negative feedback. Other software integrates fully with all Amazon marketplaces.
  • Now that I am leaving it was suggested that I might benefit from read-only access so that we could easily double check things like warranty claims. They offered me a year's read-only access for £10,080 which is more than double my yearly contract for full use of the software. Now, if that isn't taking the mickey, I don't know what is!!!
Martin Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

  • Reporting capabilities with mobility options.
  • Flexibility to multiple hierarchical reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 8.2
Based on 12 answers
Brightpearl has proved to work out for our company and we have no need or intention to let it go. Rather we intend to build on what we've accomplished and it will no doubt help us scale our business and meet our ambitions.
Chris Metropulos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 4.1
Based on 8 answers
Brightpearl can be a little confusing to begin with, there are a lot of options to look through and working out the intricacies takes some time depending on what you would like to be able to do on it and what your account is set up to do. It is however very thorough and once you can work your way around it most of the functions are fairly simple to use and very detailed.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

Infor M3 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It meets most of the reporting requirements and ability to use the system easily. We like the simple interfaces for the users and ability to perform mass journal entry uploads. The Master data is easy to consume by users, including Chart of Accounts structure, Accounting Units, Cost Centers. The Activity based reporting feature is useful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl is always easily accessibly anywhere that you can find an internet source. I have checked our stock levels when we have been off site at Ham Rally's at home and on my way home or to work if needs be. That is probably one of the best features of this system.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl performs very well and integrates very well with our Metapak packing and despatch system. IT also intergrates very well with Amazon and we have used Ebay although there have been complications with Ebay and stock levels. We use Ebay mostly for second hand items of which we only have one so have skipped using Brighpearl for these products.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.7
Based on 268 answers
Brightpearl was ALWAYS great at responding to us. Their customer service was quick and responsive.Unfortunately, the responses were often that "engineers were working on it" but nothing seemed to ever come of that. I realize that Brightpearl is a large company that a lot of businesses rely on. But when you can't hit "enter" when trying to search in the front-end POS, that type of behavior should be changed very quickly and it never was. Admittedly, small things, but those annoyances tend to ultimately affect the overall experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

Infor M3 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The support is satisfactory, given the large user base of the product. We had no issues to meet our reporting deadlines with Lawson. The organizational support team internally are well trained and hence only on exceptional basis issues are escalated to Lawson support team. We had no negative experience so far with the support of Lawson.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No in house training was given.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training was very helpful in the areas we were shown and was implemented very well via a Skype call and an presentation done via the internet. However it was not thorough enough for all of our needs in certain areas. More training in person on site would have been very helpful.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.5
Based on 208 answers
Implementation was generally perfect, but if you are coming across from Sage I personally would recommend doing this as baby steps.
We tried to import our entire Sage history in one batch and that was a bad idea hence the 9/10. That was mainly our fault and nothing on Brightpearl.
James Ewens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Brightpearl

Initially we went with Brightpearl because it was an all in one solution. Salesforce CRM capabilities right out of the box far surpass Brightpearl's, but there's no inventory or accounting system pre-built in. We are currently moving away from Brightpearl for both CRM and accounting functions however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

I am a user, I did not participate in selecting, though I am satisfied with Infor M3 (formerly Lawson Intentia).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.9
Based on 5 answers
Brightpearl's ability to increase or expand its capacity and retain its performance levels to accommodate growth were acceptable but not fantastic. The program was constantly making changes which can be useful, but was also confusing & hard to keep up with since we were never updated that changes were about to be made or had been made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Brightpearl

  • It's really difficult to say. While everything is now in one place, we've spent a ton of time with support and figuring things out on our own.
  • We've also had to spend a ton of money with our CPAs fixing our financials every month.
  • However, the sales piece has streamlined our process for shipping orders out in a timely basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Infor M3

  • Easily access information for pricing
  • Helps with business analysis
  • Easily view multiple entities in one place
Bryan Tazbier | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Brightpearl

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Infor M3

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl
1.6
Infor M3
6.2

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl
8.2
Infor M3

Usability

Brightpearl
4.1
Infor M3
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl
10.0
Infor M3

Performance

Brightpearl
9.0
Infor M3

Support Rating

Brightpearl
7.7
Infor M3
8.0

In-Person Training

Brightpearl
1.0
Infor M3

Online Training

Brightpearl
7.0
Infor M3

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl
6.5
Infor M3

Scalability

Brightpearl
6.9
Infor M3

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