Navy's Enterprise Resource Planning System

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Navy's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System Introduction The future direction of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is being increasing defined by the needs of business units and divisions, less by the hierarchical requirements of IT departments. This transition is occurring with increasing speed and velocity, shifting the balance of political power in organizations to the line-of-business users, away from IT, while also drastically changing the architecture and platforms of ERP systems (Markus, Petrie, Axline, 2000). The intent of this essay is to define how ERP will develop over the next five years, also defining what ERP's development will mean for business and organizational models of public-service contractor companies and the U.S. Government. The essay will continue with prescriptive guidance of whether public-service contractor companies need to take a leadership or followership role with respect to the future of ERP. Predicting The Future of ERP: Five Year Forecast Using the combined techniques of Delphi, Monitoring and Scenario-based forecasting, industry analysts have created a series of predictions pertaining to the direction of the ERP in the future. In the peer-reviewed article Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): Past, Present and Future (McGaughey, Gunasekaran, 2007) a comprehensive analysis of the future of ERP is presented. While each expert has a slightly different view of the future, all are galvanized around several strategic themes that

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