Brightpearl by Sage vs. QAD Adaptive ERP

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Brightpearl
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Brightpearl’s retail operations platform is designed to handle peak trading, integrates with the full retail tech ecosystem, and is omni-channel native. Additionally, the vendor says their solution is the system of record for key trading data, provides real-time trading insights and is automated so users can stay in control and manage by exception. According to the vendor key differentiators include: Software and Service. Service is an integral part of Brightpearl's offer. The…N/A
QAD Adaptive ERP
Score 9.7 out of 10
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QAD Adaptive ERP supports the core business processes and operations of global manufacturers, reducing the number of required add-ons and thereby lowering software costs. The platform is presented as ideal for medium to large-sized companies. QAD Adaptive ERP focuses on the six industries QAD serves: automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, industrial, high-tech and life…N/A
Pricing
Brightpearl by SageQAD Adaptive ERP
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BrightpearlQAD Adaptive ERP
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBrightpearl is for merchants trading $1M or above, or those that expect to be in the next 12 months. Pricing is designed to suit the needs of fast-growth and larger merchants.
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
Brightpearl by SageQAD Adaptive ERP
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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Ratings
QAD Adaptive ERP
10.0
1 Ratings
33% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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QAD Adaptive ERP
10.0
2 Ratings
31% above category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings9.92 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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Ratings
QAD Adaptive ERP
10.0
4 Ratings
22% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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Ratings
QAD Adaptive ERP
10.0
3 Ratings
35% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
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QAD Adaptive ERP
10.0
2 Ratings
27% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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Ratings
QAD Adaptive ERP
9.3
4 Ratings
18% above category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
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QAD Adaptive ERP
9.0
4 Ratings
15% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Brightpearl by Sage
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QAD Adaptive ERP
9.2
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Production Process Design00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Production Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Configuration Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Work Execution00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
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QAD Adaptive ERP
8.3
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Forecasting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Inventory Planning00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance Monitoring00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
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Score 6.2 out of 10
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Epicor Eagle
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Infor VISUAL
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Enterprises

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Score 8.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Brightpearl by SageQAD Adaptive ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(158 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(12 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
4.7
(8 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(135 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.5
(104 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Brightpearl by SageQAD Adaptive ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
If you're setting up operations where you have to manage manufacturing builds from raw components to finished goods, I would recommend QAD. It's nice to have subassemblies part numbers for your builds and enter in the number of accepted quantities and rejects. QAD is very helpful if you have a lot of parts floating around. I would not buy QAD if you only have to manage less than ~20 parts... just use Excel.
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Pros
Brightpearl by Sage
  • 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.
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QAD
  • The QAD Enterprise application is great, we only started using this application a few years ago. The Master Scheduling Workbench has been a great improvement to our daily operations.
  • The Web-based QAD Supplier Portal has also been implemented recently in our company and has been a huge help to our purchasing and materials department.
  • The QAD support that we receive has helped our company grow and is a major asset in upcoming projects.
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Cons
Brightpearl by Sage
  • 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!!!
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QAD
  • Needs more flexibility to add/configure new indexes (if using the Progress Database) as the current indexes on key tables like transaction history are not helpful
  • Need a better support system for the TMS/Precision interface
  • Need better KnowledgeBase articles to understand the innerds of Pricing functionality
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Likelihood to Renew
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
The cost / benefit of changing to a different ERP will create a high cost and low benefit that's why I believe that we'll continue renewing QAD for a long time.
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Usability
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
Easy to use, zero or minimum cost to maintain the database (DBA etc) , no issue with OS ( Linux), stable database
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Reliability and Availability
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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Performance
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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Support Rating
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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In-Person Training
Brightpearl by Sage
No in house training was given.
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QAD
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Online Training
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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Implementation Rating
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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Alternatives Considered
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
QAD is very easy to use once it's set up. It's basically an Excel sheet that can handle a lot more data points and faster. It's nice that you can dump the data stored in QAD to a CSV file and analyze in Excel. Careful narrow down the data searches to a limited number of points or Excel will crash. QAD is much easier to set up than Arena and SAP. And the numbering systems you can create in QAD is more customizable.
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Scalability
Brightpearl by Sage
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.
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QAD
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Return on Investment
Brightpearl by Sage
  • 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.
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QAD
  • It help us to reduce the inventories (FG and RAW)
  • It reduce the time to adjust to the constantly changing international customs laws
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ScreenShots

Brightpearl Screenshots

Screenshot of Customer timeline giving you insight into pending orders, previous purchases and potential marketing opportunitiesScreenshot of Deep insight in your customers, product and sales channel through Brightpearl's Minubo integrationScreenshot of Fully integrated POS for access to all product inventory information at the tillScreenshot of Managing suppliers and purchasing inventory is quick and easy, says the vendorScreenshot of Provide top-notch service by having access to your customers’ full interaction history and personalize your marketing communication with product-interest tagging.Screenshot of Brightpearl’s flexible inventory management has all of the features you need to stay in control of your inventory and make fast, effective business decisions. Redistribute your staff towards growth strategies and reduce the time spent on costly admin overheads.