Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP diagramAs the name suggests, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) seeks to encompass all aspects of a business/enterprise within one suite of custom-designed, system applications. ERP generally uses modules set up to group common areas together so that they can interact to produce the best final product. These functional areas can include:

  • Finance & Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Order Processing
  • Supply & Inventory Management
  • Customer Relations & Marketing
  • Contracting

ERP is mostly designed within a set of database applications managed by an overall Database Management System. ERP is a long-term process but the end result is a custom-designed suite of applications for each customer. This allows the customer to have input on exact specifications on how the programs will work and interact.

Typically, ERP systems also require a specialized team to develop, install, manage, and support them.