Summary of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

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Enterprise Resource Planning Systems book summary
If you have to ask what ERP is, you can’t afford it. (It’s Enterprise Resource Planning and it’s for the leaders of really, really big companies who wish that everything would work in sync and who have the money to make their wishes come true.)


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Because this is a dense read, you won’t be surprised to learn that the author, Daniel E. O’Leary, is a Ph.D. If you don’t have a conversational grasp of acronyms - including, but not limited to ERP, LAN, WAN, SMEs BOPSE, MAPs, SAP and BAAN - then you’ll have to decode as you read. If you’re actually interested in using the business resource known as "Enterprise Resource Planning," or ERP, your company should be grossing some $200 million a year, because ERP costs about $15 million to implement. While O’Leary makes a very compelling case in favor of ERP, citing integration of information infrastructure, real-time data, value creation and other wonderful attributes, this is a very expensive and risky resource to pursue. Companies such as Microsoft and Cisco had a hard time implementing it and even they have to worry about cost getAbstract warns that this is serious tech for Big Money companies. Mom and Pop operations need not apply.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is;
  • How to choose and implement one; and
  • How ERPs help firms create value.


Is ERP for Me?
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are corporate marvels that are changing the business and information technology worlds in the following dimensions: ERP affects most major corporations in the world - A single ERP system is used by 60% of multinational...
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About the Author

Daniel O’Leary received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a professor in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He has published over 120 papers in a variety of computer science, information systems and management science journals.

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