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Business management systems, generally referred to as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems are the supporting business applications for an IT (information technology) strategy which seeks to achieve enterprise-wide integrated business applications and a unified data repository.


ERP applications were born from the prior era MRP (material requirements planning) systems with the aim of replacing multiple disparate information systems with a single enterprise-wide business software system. Today, ERP systems have transcended every major vertical market and are common place across non-manufacturing, government, not for profit, service-based and other industries.


ERP strategies and ERP software have combined to become a powerful combination in helping enterprises leverage information technology for increased business performance. The advent of enterprise ERP systems has dramatically reduced the manual rekeying of data by users, lessened the need for custom interfaces between systems, eliminated duplicate data repositories, simplified cross departmental transaction processing, accelerated business cycle processes and enabled real-time information analysis and reporting.


ERP applications further facilitate IT strategies and enable technology standardization which derives benefits such as faster time to value, lower maintenance, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and greater solution visioning and predictability.


For most enterprises, the scope of ERP software systems may include several integrated business application types such as manufacturing software, accounting software, distribution or supply chain management software, project accounting software, human resources and payroll systems, and customer relationship management (CRM) software.


While the scope of ERP software systems hasn't changed much in over 20 years, the ERP industry has recently been reinvigorated with new advents such as open source ERP software and new application delivery methods such as software as a service (SaaS), sometimes called on-demand ERP, hosted ERP software or cloud computing. The SaaS model has introduced radically new opportunities for ERP software acquisition, implementation, management and utilization.


ERP success is far more than just a one time implementation project activity; it is a change in company thinking from a departmental or divisional perspective to an enterprise level, it is change in culture that breaks down data silos and artificial boundaries in order to streamline business processes and transaction cycles and it is a continuous journey that matures over time, adapts to market changes and advances as organizational capabilities change.


Over the last two decades, consultants, analysts, project managers, industry practitioners, users and others have discovered proven processes, repeatable methods, best practices and lessons learned which collectively mitigate risk and bolster the achievement of ERP systems objectives. This website forum is a collection and repository of shared experiences which hopes to leverage social media participation, user generated content and community interaction to evolve for the benefit of all readers.


ERPinsights primary purpose is to acquire, share, collaborate and grow the collective content, information, cooperation, knowledge, networking and insight among a wider community of interested business participants. Readers and participants are encouraged to share their experience, views and insight for the community's benefit.


This application software industry Internet site is globally focused in order to expand upon the information sharing and networking beyond any single region. The next website version upgrade is currently underway and will include more statistical content by global region, a catalogued lessons learned library, greater emphasis on global business software features and market share leader statistics by industry and customer segmentation. Please join us in the ERP journey.



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