The Total Guide to E2 ERP

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about E2 ERP integration including market-fit, pricing, features, and comparisons.

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What is E2 ERP? 

E2 ERP is manufacturing software for manufacturing companies and job shops from Shoptech to manage accounting and operations. Products are the E2 Shop System and E2 Manufacturing System, available as cloud-based or on-premises. The ERP system (enterprise resource planning) provides shared data and information for use throughout the company. 


The E2 Shop System and Manufacturing System ERP solutions are also available as mobile apps on Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices. 

E2 ERP software was designed to include a range of functionality for job shops and manufacturers to meet their needs. The software includes accounting and performance management, customer service management (CSR), customer contact maintenance (CRM), manufacturing resource planning (MRP II), and quality control. 

Shoptech E2 Manufacturing System ERP software modules are:

  • Accounting
  • Estimating
  • Sales Orders (including order entry and order management)
  • Purchasing with purchase orders
  • Inventory Management
  • Scheduling (based on forecasting)
  • Data collection, including collecting time from the shop floor
  • Quality Control
  • Job costing
  • Shipping
  • Mobile Shop Suite

The E2 accounting module includes general ledger, invoicing, accounts receivable, inventory, accounts payable, cash management, financial reporting, and a real-time customisable E2 dashboard that includes KPI performance and profitability.  

The E2 manufacturing quality control module “integrates with supply chain management, scheduling, data collection, and estimating.” E2 quality control software can be used to reduce defects and rework, improving manufacturing and shop control and customer experience. 

In November 2020, ECI Software Solutions, which focuses on cloud software, acquired Shoptech Industrial Software

Which Types of Businesses Use E2?

E2 manufacturing software is primarily for small businesses and mid-sized companies. Company size for E2 Shop System software is shops of all sizes. 

Job shops, make-to-order manufacturers, job-based, and mixed-mode manufacturers use the E2 Shop System. 

Mixed-mode manufacturers, repetitive and discrete manufacturers use the E2 Manufacturing System. 

Shop types using Shoptech E2 ERP software include:

  • Assembly shops
  • Captive shops
  • Fabrication shops
  • Job shops
  • Machine builders
  • Machine shops
  • Mold shops
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Prototype shops
  • Repair shops
  • Screw shops
  • Service shops
  • Sign shops
  • Spring manufacturers
  • Stampers
  • Tool & die shops
  • Wood shops
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How Much Does E2 Cost?

Cost for the E2 Shop System and Manufacturing System starts with software pricing. Add customisation and implementation costs, third-party add-on software, and training costs. On-premises costs include hardware, software, and system maintenance costs. Request price quotes for software and services from Shoptech and third-party vendors. 

How Does AP Automation Software Integration Work With E2? 

AP automation software is an add-on that integrates with E2 software through the E2 login and user interface. Tipalti uses flat-file integration (vs API) to integrate with E2, which works well for processing large batch files for payments. Tipalti automation software handles the end-to-end payables process, saving time, enhancing compliance, and reducing errors and fraud risks.

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What Are The Primary Features and Advantages of E2?

• Lower cost than some competitors’ midrange ERP systems

• Used by a wide variety of shop types

• ERP system handles the needs of shops and manufacturers

• Best practices for job shops and manufacturers

• Acquisition of Shoptech by ECI Software Solutions increases its strength and potential for software enhancements

E2 ERP was designed to handle the needs of job shops and manufacturing companies. Shoptech and ECI both have extensive manufacturing software expertise. 

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How to Implement & Use E2?

Work with a consultant with E2 implementation experience. Take Shoptech E2 training courses. View an E2 Shoptech tutorial. Find online resources like the User Guide for the Enterprise E2 Shop System. Shoptech Technical Customer Support is accessible by phone, chat, email, and with the Shoptech Community. 

Which ERP Systems are Comparable to E2?


SyteLine (Infor)

SyteLine manufacturing software is branded by Infor, its parent company, as Infor CloudSuite Industrial. SyteLine, integrated with Infor Birst software, provides advanced analytics for business intelligence.


QuickBooks Desktop

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise offers an on-premises industry-specific version of accounting software for Manufacturing & Wholesale.


NAV (Microsoft Dynamics Business Central)

NAV has loyal users for its established full-featured manufacturing software. If you’re looking for modern cloud software, also consider the newer Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP solution.


Oracle NetSuite

NetSuite is a midrange, full-featured cloud ERP system that handles manufacturing well.



Like E2 Shoptech software, Epicor ERP is cloud and on-premises software for manufacturers. Epicor includes real-time smart shop floor features. Epicor customers are mostly small businesses and midsized companies. Epicor users also include distribution companies.


QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online is cloud-based accounting software for a wide variety of industries.


Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the newest software solution in the Microsoft Dynamics product line. The cloud-based software integrates with many other Microsoft software apps and tools, including Office 365 and the Microsoft Teams collaboration and communications platform.