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Tumult vs ERP vs MES

What the hell is this alphabet soup anyway?

April 20, 2021

When you're searching for manufacturing software, you're likely to see a couple of abbreviations: MES and ERP.

MES is "Manufacturing Execution System". It's pretty much what it sounds like, a big bucket for any app that helps you manage your factory's workflow.

ERP means "Enterprise Resource Planning", and is a type of software that tries to bundle everything you need to run your business (accounting, ordering, HR, sales, the kitchen sink, etc.)

ERP systems exist for all kinds of industries, and are often generic and industry agnostic. You may have heard of some of the big ones: SAP, Oracle, and Netsuite are all giant "ERP" companies.

You'll notice that we don't really market Tumult as either an "ERP" or a "MES".

We're not really fans of smoke and mirrors sales techniques. We're not going to make up a language only we know, just so you're forced to enlist our help decoding the mess we created.

Our philosophy: if it's too complicated to market... it's almost certainly too complicated to use.