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A Bird's Eye View of ERP

        posted by , February 26, 2011

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is software designed to support all major business functions within an organization.

The scope of ERP includes Supply Chain, Finance, Customer Relationship Management, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Project Management, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Collaboration, Integration and Data Services.

With such broad scope — ERP software is amongst the most expensive to implement. For large organizations total costs can easily run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Enterprise Resource Planning

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management (SCM) supports the process of transforming materials into finished products and delivering those products to end customers.

Supply Chain Management


Finance supports corporate financial processes and financial risk management.

Finance Software

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

CRM manages interactions with customers and sales prospects. It supports sales, marketing and customer service processes.

customer relationship management

Human Resources

Supports key HR processes, information, strategy and standards.

hr management software


ERP evolved from early manufacturing systems. Many ERP packages have extensive support for manufacturing planning.

manufacturing software

Project Management

Tools for managing complex projects.

project management software

Common Components

ERP software packages typically offer components such as workflow, business intelligence, collaboration, data integration and security tools.

Industry Verticals

Many ERP software packages support thousands of processes — it is not possible to have a single solution for all industries.

Most ERP companies offer solutions with industry specific tools, data models and processes.

ERP software

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