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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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planning forecast accuracy erp  of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes. While cherished by material management folks as supply chain grease, inventory is not that beloved by financial managers. The motto time is money certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives'' focus and priority is the Read More

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planning forecast accuracy erp  capital supply chain wide planning supplier sees immediate orders only shared business goals and forecast collaborative planning and scheduling standard order to cash cycle Purchase Order/Sales Order/Invoice/Cash point of use consumption vendor managed inventory consignment inventory self billing procedures credit card purchases traditional payment methods electronic funds transfer EDI Electronic Commerce Internet Enablement As a result of this push towards full eBusiness integration, businesses face Read More

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Can ERP Answer Your Business Needs?


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Pronto Xi Dimensions


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