The goal of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is to provide an integrated solution to all business areas of a particular enterprise. In the best-case scenario, you have one software system the whole company can access and work with. For example, all the data for finance, sales, accounting, human resources and inventory is managed in one central repository and each business group within the organization accesses only the subset of data that they need. In this two-part blog series, we will examine how ERP works along other aspects of the business for optimizing workflow.
Of course, workflow as a manufacturing business concept is nothing new. Even before the dawn of the computer age, there have always been established procedures for handling operations within a corporate structure. As another example, consider the purchase order: an employee notifies their manager that they require a particular item; the manager then puts in a requisition, which, depending on his level of authority, may need to be bumped further up the management chain until it’s authorized; it is then handed over to the purchasing coordinator and finally purchased. (more…)