A Guide to ERP by Prof. Dr. Lineke Sneller RC

a-guide-to-erpA Guide to ERP: Benefits, implementation and Trends written by Professor Dr. Lineke Sneller RC.  One of the most influential IT developments of the past forty years has been Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP. Thousands of organizations have used ERP to change their business models. Millions of employees in these organizations use ERP in their daily work. Tens of thousands of software developers earn their living with writing ERP software. Suppliers of ERP systems, such as SAP and Oracle, as well as ERP implementation partners, such as Accenture, realize multi-billion annual revenues in the ERP market. The Guide to ERP is meant to be read at various levels in organizations, Board members and managers can use this book to gain an overview of the concepts of ERP, the benefits that can be obtained from it and the link between ERP and other managerial trends and issued. At program or projects management level, the book supports the development of ERP business cases, describes parties involved in a typical ERP implementation, and explains a number of ERP risks and pitfalls. For ERP users, who often only see a limited part of the ERP system in their daily work, the book offers the bigger picture. In this book the readers will read what is ERP? Why ERP? The main characteristics of ERP, Impact of ERP, The functioning of ERP systems, The value chain and the supply chain, The predecessors of ERP, The first ERP systems – data integration for manufacturing companies, ERP extensions – Data integration for other value chains, Sophisticated best practices.


Data integration in the supply chain, Parties in the ERP market place, ERP software suppliers, Implementation partners, Application service providers, ERP and IT architecture, The logical architecture of an ERP system, The elements of a physical IT architecture, ERP on a mainframe architecture, ERP on a client-server architecture, ERP on a browser architecture, ERP evaluation and implementation, Principles of an ERP implementation, Phases in the ERP life cycle, The sourcing basis: turn-key or do-it-yourself, Go live strategy, Functional fit analysis, Significance of the functional fit analysis, A method for functional fit analysis, Risk analysis, Significance of the risk analysis, Cost benefit analysis, The principles of the ERP implementation at P&V Europe, Functional fit analysis, Go-no go presented to the European board, ERP and open source software brief introduction, ERP and corporate governance brief introduction, Core concepts in internal control, ERP and internal control, ERP and shared services, Criticism of ERP, Data integration and organizational culture, ERP best practice processes and competitive advantage and much more.

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