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Sometimes the software selection process reminds me of that children’s game, you know, the one where you blindfold the kiddies and they take turns stabbing
you the donkey with rusty tacks.
Oh, sorry, wait, no, that’s the software demo process. More on that in a future blog post.
Software selection, now, that reminds me of that other children’s game, the one where you play “who am I?” until your son punches you in the face.
Speaking of prizes, stay tuned for the contest at the bottom of this post! But first:
What the heck is an ERP system?
Apparently there’s no real consensus. Depending on who you ask, it’s…
* Note: this last definition is rendered a little suspect by a reference to “links with the spiritual world.” Not that I’m, um, against that. If you have first-hand knowledge of out-of-the-box faith management solutions (or would they be “best of creed” haha), please let me know.
Naturally, I like TEC’s definition best of all, partly because TEC has a large say in what I’ll be eating next month, but also because I think it covers the bases:
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software helps integrate management, staff, and equipment, combining all aspects of the business into one system in order to facilitate every element of the manufacturing process. ERP groups traditional company and management functions (such as accounting, human resources [HR], manufacturing management, and customer relationship management [CRM]) into a coherent whole. Manufacturing management also includes inventory, purchasing, and quality and sales management.
My point: how you define “ERP” is actually a critical component of your software selection process. After all, to select a system that meets your needs, you must first define those needs (more here).
Now for the contest portion of this post.
I want to know what you think ERP is.
Here are the rules: Define ERP in the comment field below. Maximum: 65 words. That is all. Oh, and references to existing software vendor products will be summarily deleted.
We’ll judge the entries based on originality, clarity, comprehensiveness, and possibly ingenuity.
The winner will receive a $100 rebate on the purchase of any RFP template of your choice, and I’ll publish the winning entry in an upcoming blog post, complete with glowing praise.
Contest ends November 3, 2008.
An ERP when rigth choosed is the tool that allow the company to be more efficient increasing the productivity and profits. When worng choosed could be a expensive expense.
ERP is the integrated software application(s) a business needs to support mainly its core business processes from end to end.
ERP is the opportunity for an organization to improve its reliability in its operation and the decision making process.
ERP is the mean to change culture in an organization.
One solution that integrates all your business functions
An ERP system is an integration system which not only integrate different organisation systems and functions like HCM (Human Capital Management), Finnacials, Manufacturing (if applicable), And reporting from end to end in a transparent way by aligning these functions to organizational goals and policies but also make the information available at finger tips helping the stakeholders with better control and planning.
An ERP system is a COMPASS that tells you where you are, how you’re doning and where you’re company is moving to.
ERP is a term that represents the sum total of activities involved in the planning of the resources of an enterprise. Nowadays these activities are frequently supported by the use of integrated computer systems which when operating together can be considered as a single ‘ERP’ system.
“ERP works only in the right blend of People, Process and Technology. ERP is not an IT project but a Cultural Project”. “ERP (software + Haraware ) is Science. But implementing ERP is an ART”.