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.
various decision makers. Financial projections can be based on detailed ERP calculations for future requirements. Cash planning, for example, can account for current and projected sales orders and planned purchases, as well as current receivables and payables. Decision support tools (such as spreadsheets, graphics packages and data managers) can use the financial data maintained in the ERP database. Effects on Product and Process Design The product structure database offers engineering much greater