ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

November 21, 2013  |   Posted by :   |     |   Comments Off on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)»


Definition: ERP results in an integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. ERP modules may be able to interface with an organization’s own software with varying degrees of effort, and, depending on the software, ERP modules may be alterable via the vendor’s proprietary tools as well as proprietary or standard programming languages. An ERP system can include software for manufacturing, order entry, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, purchasing, warehousing, transportation and human resources. The major ERP vendors are SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Baan and J.D. Edwards. Lawson Software specializes in back-end processing that integrates with another vendor’s manufacturing system.

What This Means: It is important to make technology purchases that fit the ERP to ensure technology is interoperable and benefits all relevant users within the education organization.


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