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          COURSE OVERVIEW




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 Today’s Objectives
  Introductions
  Your expectations
  Course Overview
  Answer the questions:
       What is ERP?
       Why should we study it?
       How does ERP create value/benefit organizations?




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 About You……
 Please tell me:
       Your name and home town
       Year/program
       One thing you know about ERP OR
        Enterprise Systems




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 Course Objectives
 This course is intended to provide students with an
  introduction to the concept of business processes: the way
  that organizations perform work to add value and how
  Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems support business
  processes.
 At the end of the course, students will have an understanding
  of the importance of ERP systems to modern organizations as
  well as an understanding of the complexity associated with
  developing and implementing ERP solutions.
 Students also gain some hands-on experience, through lab
  exercises, with a leading ERP packages, SAP and Syspro


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 Textbooks



 Olson, D.L.: Managerial issues of enterprise resource
                  planning systems

  Magal and Word: Essentials of Business Processes
              and Information Systems




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 Grading

  Quizzes (2)                                       30%
  Group Term Paper / presentation (teams of 4)      25%
  Final Exam                                        25%
  Assignments (2)                                   10%
  Class Participation / Labs                        10%
      • Come to class
      • Get involved in discussions
      • EASY marks…..



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 What this course will cover

Business Functions vs. Business Process

Enterprise Systems / ERP systems background and
overview

Core ERP Modules
   •Procurement Process
   •Fulfillment Process
   •Production Process

ERP and Business Intelligence
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 What this course will cover
 Business Process Reengineering

 ERP Selection Process

 ERP Project Management

 ERP Implementation Approaches

 Supporting ERP systems
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 What is ERP?
    “Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are powerful
    software packages that enable business to integrate a
    variety of disparate functions and to support a ‘process
    view’ of an organization. ERP systems can provide the
    foundation for a wide range of e-commerce based
    processes,…”

                    O’Leary, D.; Enterprise Resource Planning Systems:    Life
                                          Cycle, Electronic Commerce, and Risk




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Why Study ERP

 It affects most major business enterprises and many
  small and medium businesses
       Virtually all large organizations use an ERP system
       Increasingly, smaller organizations are adopting
       Its out there, and its very likely you will work with one in some
        capacity
 It changes behavior of competitors and partners
       Competitors: adopt to survive?
       Partners/Suppliers: adopt to keep business
  High ROI if done right, but really difficult to
   implement

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  ERP Value

   It integrates a broad range of business functions
   It allows diverse enterprises to standardize
   It stops data redundancy and synchronization
         Data stored in one place
         “One version of the truth”
   It provides simultaneous access to real-time data
   It facilitates communication inside and outside the
    enterprise
   It provides a foundation for eBusiness and effective
    business intelligence for decision making

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 ERP Issues
  ERP implementation is very difficult. There is a
   change in the way business is done. From a
   business function approach to a process approach.
  ERP systems are very expensive to implement. Can
   take years and cost 10’s of millions of dollars.




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 ERP Issues
  It takes time to realize the benefits of an ERP
   system.
  Forces people to change and change =
   resistance:
       Share information that was once closely guarded
        (i.e., “their information”).
       Make decisions they were never required to make.
       Do things they were never required to do before




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 ERP Issues
  ERP systems are strategic solutions. If the
   implementation fails, the consequences to the
   company can be disastrous.
  Companies have gone out of business as a result of
   a failed ERP implementation effort.




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 For next Class
  Read Olson Chapter 1




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