The paper "How to Implement ERP at Emerson Produce" is a great example of a case study on business. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an IT systems product that can be utilized across an enterprise. It allows firms to align strategy, firm structure, process, and technology by breaking down the traditional firm silos and their integration into a tightly integrated horizontal structure (Monk & Wagner, 2008). The system can be utilized in processes such as financial, manufacturing, human resources, distribution, and payroll (Bernroider, 2008). The selection of a suitable ERP system ought to involve a thorough analysis of available systems.
This needs to start with a good understanding of critical success factors (Carol & Iris, 2003). These are things that one needs to do well in order to be successful (Monk & Wagner, 2008). Any requirement that cannot be mapped directly to critical success factors is not critical. Once critical success factors have been mapped out, the next step is defining the measurement of success. The ERP success is dependent on its ability to save money via streamlining operations, increasing market share, and revenues (Bueno & Salmeron, 2008).
The ability of an ERP to streamline operations, increase market share and revenues act as a motivator for staff during the implementation and allows the project to be on track in addition to focusing effort on the attainment of important business objectives (Carol & Iris, 2003). For the case of Emerson Produce the ERP chosen should be able to reduce costs, increase efficiency, track suppliers, track orders from individual supermarkets, control distribution to stores, develop the online shop, and allow online delivery (O’ Sullivan & Ciaola, 2008). The next step is the understanding of the existing business process and seeking opportunities for business process improvement.
Thus, the ERP system chosen should be able to integrate the existing computer systems being used at the Emerson Produce. Thus, Emerson Produce will need to be precise in order to be able to compare the various ERP that is available and chose an ERP system, which specifically meets their requirements (Bueno & Salmeron, 2008).
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