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July 12, 2010

Reflections on ERP

I have read a lot of blogs from various people who have completed the ERP module and it seems everyone is here to define the meaning of ERP and its technical attributes. I feel as if I am still reading textbooks when reading most of the blogs. However, there are also some useful information contained within some of them. Many literature sources describe the significance of ERP systems with regards to its ability to coordinate company information and data from all areas within an organisation and integrate it with the business processes.  This apparently allows for easy circulation of information and data sharing.  From my practical experience of using the SAP software during the ERPI module, I could confidently say that it is a very rigid software package for an application that is supposed to enhance business processes.  Also, a look at both the Oracle and SAP websites reveal so many solutions and applications - some having repetitive functions embedded within different packages. The first question that actually springs to mind is; how does an organisation determine the most useful applications or functions especially with the lurking realization that the implementation is going to be considerably costly? Secondly with the constant updates in technology, how would an organisation benefit without spending large sums of money trying to update already expensive systems? These are the questions that I shall be pondering on when researching further on ERP and its implementation.

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