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TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the latest offerings from UNIT4 and SYSPRO, which appear to mark a new trend in enterprise software—small

erp functional specs  three longer-standing offerings: Agresso ERP Coda Financials FinancialForce.com , the cloud applications company formed with joint investment from salesforce.com (see the related TEC article ) UNIT4 Business Analytic Apps are currently available for UNIT4’s Agresso and Coda Financials customers, and extend the company’s change-centric value proposition. Customers of the new UNIT4 Business Analytic Apps will be able to use any Internet-connectable device to enter the UNIT4 Solution Store (see figure

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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