The Total Guide to SyteLine ERP

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

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What is SyteLine ERP? 

SyteLine ERP (enterprise resource planning) is a company-wide (on-premises and cloud-based) software system for manufacturers. Infor brands its SyteLine software as Infor ERP software named SyteLine or Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Infor CSI). The SyteLine manufacturing ERP system streamlines business processes in many functional areas, including finance, supply chain, and manufacturing.  

SyteLine was acquired by Infor (owned by Koch Industries) in 2005 through the MAPICS acquisition. 

SyteLine Infor ERP is a SyteLine MRP system that handles material requirements planning, financial management, and other ERP tasks throughout the company. MRP relating to manufacturing includes:

  • advanced planning and scheduling (APS)
    • demand plan 
    • production plan
    • procurement plan
  • handling supply chain and inventory management, 
  • building hierarchical bills of materials (BOM), and 
  • automating and controlling manufacturing processes on the shop floor, using Industry 4.0. 

Which Types of Businesses Use SyteLine?

Manufacturing businesses use Infor SyteLine or Infor CloudSuite Industrial (CSI) for discrete and process manufacturing methods or dual mode manufacturing, and for other ERP functions, including financial management and purchasing. SyteLine or Infor CloudSuite Enterprise is an ERP software solution for mid-sized and larger businesses that meets their business needs.

A broad range of industries uses Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise (SyteLine) for production, including machinery, high tech, and industrial manufacturing. Types of manufacturing include repetitive manufacturing, make-to-stock (configure to order, from stock – CTO) make-to-order (engineer to order – ETO), job shop, project-based manufacturing, and assembly control-based manufacturing.

The Infor SyteLine ERP software is comprehensive manufacturing software. SyteLine Infor CIS handles advanced planning and scheduling (APS), quality management and quality control, supply chain management, order management, service management, including field service, multi-site inventory planning and inventory management, product lifecycle management, equipment lifecycle optimisation, financial management, and project management. SyteLine software provides a collaboration platform for communications with vendors, customers (including customer order status), and resellers.

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How Much Does SyteLine Cost?

Total cost of ownership for SyteLine or Infor CloudSuite Industrial starts with the pricing of the software and add-on software products from Infor and third parties. Add consulting fees for implementation, SyteLine training courses, purchased Infor SyteLine training manuals, and a choice of three customer support plans. Request a customised quote from the Infor sales team or Partner.

How Does AP Automation Software Integration Work With SyteLine? 

Tipalti payables automation SaaS add-on uses flat-file integration with SyteLine Infor CloudSuite Industrial for seamless access through the Infor SyteLine login and user interface. Tipalti automates global mass payments and streamlines the end-to-end payables function.

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What Are The Primary Features and Advantages of SyteLine?

• Designed for manufacturers

• Supports different types of manufacturing processes

• Works with Industry 4.0 for  IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and predictive analytics

• Integrates with other feature-rich Infor and third-party software 

• Real-time dashboards with KPIs, data analytics, workflows, and service integration.

Manufacturers like SyteLine and Infor CloudSuite Industrial (Infor CSI) because these ERP solutions were designed for manufacturers and the systems continually improve to incorporate new technologies. Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) uses the latest Industry 4.0 technology for “real-time decision making, AI-driven analytics, and end-to-end supply chain networks.” Cloud-based Infor CSI software interacts with network-connected IoT devices and equipment on the manufacturing shop floor, giving users real-time alert notifications. 

Infor  CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP software can integrate with other software.  Software integrating with Infor CSI  includes:

• Infor CRM for sales, customer service, marketing analytics, and reporting (or Salesforce CRM) for customer relationship management

• Infor CPQ (configure price quote) that includes product configuration for proposed sales

• Infor EAM (enterprise asset management)

• Infor Document Management, and

• Infor Birst for business intelligence and AI-enabled data analytics, enabling better decisions.

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How to Implement & Use SyteLine?

For SyteLine or Infor CloudSuite Industrial implementation & use, get SyteLine ERP training from Infor Campus or the Infor Training Library subscription that includes Infor SyteLine training manuals. Use the Infor Implementation Accelerator. Join Infor user groups, and use online Infor Customer Center resources for the ERP software, including watching a SyteLine tutorial for Infor SyteLine basics. 

Consider using Infor Partner Network (IPN) services or IT staff.

Infor makes preconfigured Infor Implementation Accelerators for its ERP software products, including one for Infor CloudSuite Business (SyteLine). Infor includes the Implementation Accelerator with CloudSuite Industrial.

Which ERP Systems are Comparable to SyteLine?



Like SyteLine, Epicor is mid-range or higher manufacturing ERP software. Epicor and Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) use Industry 4.0, IoT, and AI technology for a smart, connected shop floor with alerts from the manufacturing software.


Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct is ERP software that competes with SyteLine primarily in the mid-size category, although it serves customers of all sizes and industries. Sage Intacct integrates with third-party add-on apps to increase its manufacturing capabilities and improve other functions like AP automation. The AICPA endorses Sage Intacct, which handles GAAP accounting standards, including revenue recognition.


Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains)

Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) competes with Infor SyteLine ERP software deployed on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft Dynamics GP serves a wide range of industries. GP has strong MRP capabilities for manufacturing.



Acumatica offers a cloud-based and web-based ERP system for small and mid-sized companies, including a Manufacturing Edition that competes with SyteLine in its Infor CloudSuite Industrial software solution.



Macola is ERP software for complex small and mid-sized manufacturing companies and distributors. Macola includes a CRM, quality management, accounting, and human resources. 



E2 ERP offers two software products for manufacturing companies named E2 Manufacturing System and E2 Shop System. The E2 quality control software can improve manufacturing performance by reducing defects and rework. 


Oracle NetSuite

NetSuite, owned by Oracle, is an Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) competitor in the mid-size and larger company market. (NetSuite isn’t top-end ERP software like Oracle ERP and the SAP top-tier products, although users include some Fortune 100 companies. SAP also offers lower-end software products.) NetSuite targets a wide range of industries, including manufacturers. Infor SyteLine ERP is for manufacturing companies.


NAV (Microsoft Dynamics Business Central)

Microsoft Dynamics NAV competes with SyteLine manufacturing software ERP, including Infor CloudSuite Industrial and SyteLine. Microsoft NAV (formerly Navision) is a very popular, established ERP system with strong manufacturing capabilities and loyal users. NAV is now called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, with a choice of on-premises or cloud-based software.


Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the newest cloud-based ERP system in the Microsoft Dynamics line that seamlessly integrates with many Microsoft software apps, including Excel and other Microsoft 365 software and tools.


Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the newest cloud-based ERP system in the Microsoft Dynamics line that seamlessly integrates with many Microsoft software apps, including Excel and other Microsoft 365 software and tools.


Genius ERP

The Genius ERP system is for small and medium-sized custom manufacturers. The ERP system manufacturing customers use make-to-order, configure-to-order, engineer-to-order, custom-to-order, assemble-to-order, mixed-mode manufacturing, repeat, and contract manufacturing processes.