Essay on Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

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Enterprise resource planning systems are “becoming rapidly indispensible in order for large and medium sized organizations to run their operations” (Basu & Lederer, 2004). Therefore management must be familiar with the ERP process and the many components and complexities that encompass the ERP architecture in an organization. In general chapter one of the textbook provides an “overview of information systems, ERP systems, and they history of how they started, where they came from, and why they exist” (Motiwalla & Thompson, 2011). Essentially the roles of ERP systems integrate various processes of information systems with the goal of supporting the many functions of an organization. Furthermore, this is accomplished through the development…show more content…
Within the context of the evolution of ERP, the authors discuss critical ERP components that encompass “hardware, software, database, information, process and people” (Motiwalla & Thompson, 2011). A critical component of ERP systems is the supported hardware that enables the information systems of ERP to efficiently function. If the physical apparatus of functionality is inefficient then the goal of ERP information system processes to convert data into useful information will not be sufficient. The seamless integration of component support with appropriate data integration makes ERP a viable solution to business process efficiency. If enterprise systems within this context have efficient components then the architecture of ERP systems will be scalable perpetuating organizational growth. Within this perspective we should consider the two types of architectures that create the blueprint of ERP implementations. The logical and tiered architectures are implemented to efficiently provide services to the business processes of organizations. The logical architecture “focuses of supporting the requirements of the end users, whereas the tiered architecture focuses on the efficiency (cost, response time, etc.) of the system” (Motiwalla & Thompson, 2011). Although there are many benefits for an ERP approach we should also consider that there are limitations. One of the greatest challenges is the cost and return on
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