Explain The Unit 7 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

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Unit 7 - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 7.1 Introduction Today, in this competitive business environment, there is a need for better communication between manufacturers and customers, and that forms a requirement for a better interface between them. It basically means that in order to tailor with the needs of a customer, an enterprise should understand the requirements of the customer and be closely linked to the suppliers and customers. The enterprise also needs to provide better delivery performances. In order to achieve that, it is important to decrease lead times within the enterprise, and increase efficiency. The manufacturers need efficient planning and control systems that help in eminent synchronization and planning. A strong integration…show more content…
7.5 ERP Implementation If the implementation consultants, vendors, and workers work together to achieve the overall objectives of the company or organization, it will lead to a successful implementation. So, the success of implementation of ERP depends on how close they work.  The implementation consultants have to understand what the users need, understand the business realities prevailing, and design the business solutions keeping this in mind. It is the users who will be driving the implementation and therefore all the factors mentioned above need active involvement at all stages of implementation to make the implementation successful.  We should remember that ERP is just an enabling tool, which makes one do his/her work better, which naturally needs additional efforts.  The standard package undergoes changes during the course of implementation. The changes may be simple or a major functionality’ change. Implementing such changes is called Customization.  The contents of the package are called modules and these modules are further divided into…show more content…
 A good communication network should be established across the organization.  An effective and strong leadership would really help to motivate the people down the line.  An efficient and capable project manager should be there.  Creating a team of implementation consultants who can actually work together as a team.  To select a method of implementation with minimum customization.  Training of end users.  To adapt the new system and changing what is required in the working environment so that the system could be used effectively in the future. 7.6 Post Implementation Many post implementation problems arise in the beginning which sometimes can lead to wrong expectations and fears. The expectations and fear that corporate management has from an ERP have been published greatly. And of course, ERP vendors and their pre-implementation sales hype shall get some of the blame. A few of the popular expectations are–  An improvement in processes  Increase in productivity on all fronts.  Total automation and disbanding of all manual processes.  Improvement in all of key performance

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