The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system MIS functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working effectively together and providing a consistent plan for action. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.
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control over product and process design, especially in terms of engineering change control. Planned changes can be phased in and emergency changes can be communicated immediately. ERP systems offer numerous analytical tools for the engineering function. When diagnosing the impact of changes to materials and resources, for example, engineers can check where used information to identify the affected products. Lead time reduction efforts can use critical path analysis of item lead times in multi-level bills