Overview: Enterprise Resource Planning & Management (ERP) implementations have swept through the business sector since the early 1990s, helping corporations to drive down costs and operate more efficiently. ERP has allowed department heads to view their data more easily and manage it more effectively. It also has streamlined a host of manufacturing and distribution processes, ranging from product development to order processing to the cataloguing of goods.
Still, conventional ERP has fallen short in a few areas that are critical to today’s business needs. First, its scope is limited. ERP helps automate individual departments, but it hasn’t extended its back-office benefits into the front-office to help businesses manage people, workloads and supply-chain issues. Second, it hasn’t delivered consistent control of all the processes of the business. Competitive pressures and globalization have made it clear that the business world is still in need of more effective, total enterprise solutions.
This white paper will provide an essential understanding of how traditional ERP implementations have set the groundwork within organizations to start capturing all information onto one true "enterprise" system. It will outline a clear vision of how the next generation of ERP systems will include the bulk of the functionality that traditionally has been found outside of the ERP system. Finally, this paper will highlight the benefits that can be associated with such an ERP system, and the efficiencies that can be realized across an organization.