ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP enhancements include SCM, CRM, and e-commerce features, just to name a few. However, where is this technology going? What does it mean now?
Enterprise Applications—The Genesis and Future series by PJ Jakovljevic Evolution In the 1960s, the key goal of an ERP system was inventory control. Manufacturers assumed consumers would continue their buying patterns and aimed to keep enough inventory on hand to meet demand. The sophistication of resource planning grew with the affordability and feasibility of the computer. In the sixties, computers were large, hot, noisy machines that occupied entire rooms, but by the seventies, average manufacturing