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Why Selecting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Is Like Planning Your Wedding
I never thought I’d ever make an analogy such as this, but as we head into spring (the season of change—and love in bloom), I figured,

erp implementation planning phase  have chosen the right ERP solution for your businesses needs. After all, I wouldn’t want you to have gone through all that time and trouble, only to be “left standing at the alter”. The Implementation Phase: The Big Day is Approaching Negotiating the contract...prenup anyone? So, before you sign on the dotted line, are there any other details you need to discuss? You’ll want to make sure that the long-term relationship that you are about to embark on is all legal and binding. But just like a

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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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