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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helps production prepare for capacity problems, and also helps suppliers anticipate and meet your needs. As changes to demands or supplies do occur, ERP helps identify the impact on production and purchasing. Finite scheduling capabilities in ERP ensure production activities get scheduled based on capacity, tool and material constraints. Scheduling rules help minimize setup times and optimize sequencing. Changes in factory demands, as well as changes in available machine time, labor headcount and skill le