Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems emerged in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as a way to integrate all aspects of an enterprise’s core activities into one system, eliminating perennial risks such as multiple inputs of the same data, and providing a true enterprise-wide view of the business from one system. Coincidently, they were also a good answer to the problems anticipated as a result of Y2K, since most financial systems were still mainframe based. The ERP system as we know it today evolved from several different industries and business application systems. For example, SAP started as a material resource planning system designed to support manufacturing. PeopleSoft, which has merged with Oracle Financials, started as a human resources system. Oracle Financials came from the financial management world. IBM Maximo started as an asset management system. There are a host of other ERP solutions available on the commercial market, but these are the major ones that have found their way into the Government market. Over time, these systems have expanded to include modules for virtually every major activity that any organization may face - from financials through acquisition and procurement, human resources management, supply chain management; and on the commercial side, billing, invoice management, and collections.

ERP implementations offer a number of challenges. The most significant technical challenge we have found is the determination of naming conventions for all aspects of the program - from the chart of accounts to the naming of products, services, and assets within the system. Once in place, ERPs tend to be difficult to change or further customize. But the greater challenge lies in the changes to business processes that ERP systems require, as they tend to be rather rigid in terms of how an organization can use them. We have successfully worked with both commercial and government agencies to evaluate the impact that the ERP implementation will have on current business processes, and helped to redesign the business processes to take maximum advantage of the capabilities of an integrated system.

We bring an outstanding mix of technical capabilities to implement, integrate and maintain all modules selected for the organization; and change management skills to assist in the process redesign and training needed to assist your staff in using the ERP to optimum advantage. Our objective is to help you take optimum advantage of the capabilities at minimal cost.

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