Reflection Paper of Book Why Erp?

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According to the book “Why ERP?: A Primer On SAP Implementation” by Jacobs and Whybark, the overall situation can be summarized into three main parts. First of all, the novel introduces us with a manufacturing manager of a furniture plant called Billy. His boss, Mr. McDougle, who owns the company, wants to buy his brother’s furniture plant in Ohio. Virtually, Ohio plant has already implemented SAP R/3, and MR. McDougle desires to run the same software at both company in order to get efficiency. Consequently, Billy learns about EPR systems, and he has some considerations of its implementation. Moreover, Billy feels deeply that his plant is operating well with its existing software system (MRP). Then, as a result, Mr. McDougle sends Billy…show more content…
Moreover, the absence of involvement and use of employees who really knew how the company ran. Finally, there were several corners had been cut on the configuration of SAP R/3 (Jacobs & Whybark, 2000, p. 124). On the other hand, although there were many incorrect decisions had been made, some good decisions had been taken such as sending Billy to learn about the ERP system and evaluating it in Ohio plant. The authors of “Why ERP?: A Primer On SAP Implementation” discussed the reasons of the successful installation in one facility and the failure in other. Regardless of the nature of the business SAP R/3 has been successful in many organizations such as Ohio plant. The system works very well in organizations that have multiple locations of operations, in” firms for which the change costs are small and in plants which require low flexibility and high centralization (Jacobs & Whybark, 2000, p.126). In contrast, there are many reasons that SAP R/3 might not be successful. SAP R/3 is not appropriate in firms with low turnover and low profitability. Additionally, in some companies manufacturing customized products, SAP R/3 are not appropriate. For instance, the Ohio and North Carolina products are not the same; Ohio’s is in mass production while the other manufactures customized products. All in all, in my point of view, this book was interesting and helpful. I learned a lot about ERP systems such as its advantages. And how it

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