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ERP: Making It Happen: The Implementers' Guide to Success with Enterprise Resource Planning (The Oliver Wight Companies) Kindle Edition

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a set of business processes that enables companies to dramatically improve customer service and productivity while sharply lowering costs and inventories. However, implementing it successfully is not easy. Many companies have invested large amounts of money and time in ERP software, but have not realized benefits. The reason: They didn't do it right.

ERP: Making It Happen will tell you how to do it right-in a no-nonsense, straightforward manner. This book applies to companies implementing ERP for the first time-and also to companies re-implementing after a less than successful initial attempt. The book's "Proven Path" approach guides a company step-by-step through every stage of the ERP implementation process and, if followed faithfully, will yield enormous benefits.

This user-friendly guide spells out, step by step, how to:
* Launch the project properly
* Successfully implement the basic ERP planning and scheduling tools
* Integrate financial planning with operational data
* Connect effective planning processes throughout the extended supply chain of customers and suppliers
* Provide the foundation for effective e-commerce

Implementing ERP successfully yields better decision-making, enhanced coordination and teamwork throughout the supply chain, and greater responsiveness to customer needs.

ERP: Making It Happen provides the working knowledge to implement superior business processes that yield significant competitive advantage. Implementing ERP successfully is a critically important part of running a manufacturing business at a world-class level.

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Follow the "Proven Path" to successful implementation of enterprise resource planning

Effective forecasting, planning, and scheduling is fundamental to productivity-and ERP is a fundamental way to achieve it. Properly implementing ERP will give you a competitive advantage and help you run your business more effectively, efficiently, and responsively. This guide is structured to support all the people involved in ERP implementation-from the CEO and others in the executive suite to the people doing the detailed implementation work in sales, marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, finance, and elsewhere.

This book is not primarily about computers and software. Rather, its focus is on people-and how to provide them with superior decision-making processes for customer order fulfillment, supply chain management, financial planning, e-commerce, asset management, and more. This comprehensive guide can be used as a selective reference for those, like top management, who need only specific pieces of information, or as a virtual checklist for those who can use detailed guidance every step of the way.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you're exploring an enterprise-wide solution, even if it isn't an ERP package, or are planning an implementation after the software has already been selected this book will prove invaluable. Unlike other books about ERP (and e-business and enterprise application integration for that matter), this one is focused on the business processes and what it takes to prepare for and manage the implementation.
Of course, while much of this book applies at a high level to any enterprise application, it is all about ERP. The authors take great pains to avoid talking about software, which in itself is refreshing. They also skillfully guide you through a panorama of key issues, including what ERP is and how it fits into the overall scheme of business value and competitiveness. However, the best part of this book is their implementation strategy, which explores how an ERP package is going to require changes at the business process level, how to break down the implementation into manageable stages. In this respect the book is a combination of a management overview of ERP, organizational change strategies, and project management approach to implementation.
The key areas addressed by this book reflect reality. For example, all of the major challenges that you're likely to face are addressed. The critical success factors, such as training, preparing the organization for the system (from a people perspective), and the way the implementation phases are sequenced can either be learned from this book, or learned the hard way (which is sure to include schedule and cost overruns at best and a disaster at worst). In particular, the process-oriented approach that is reiterated throughout the book needs to be heeded. This is the essence of any ERP package, and it will change your organization.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Morse on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has a good mission and scope, and the prose is clear and straightforward. The thinking underneath the prose is, unfortunately, often confused. It's as if the paragraphs were competently edited, but not the chapters or major arguments. "There are three kinds of companies," says page 20; on page 59 there are again three kinds of companies, and the categorization is sorta-almost the same. Five minutes of scrutiny finally reveals the two comparison-sets are not congruent. This is strange and unsatisfactory, because making them so would have been easy and certainly would serve the reader better.

The book sometimes balks at simple realities. "One kind of company" already has ERP software installed and hasn't gotten the hoped-for return, and people are frustrated. The solution is to re-implement, and "the good news is that having the software already installed certainly makes life easier in some important respects ... The bulk of the software has already been selected." But what if the software was poorly chosen and won't do the job? That's the situation I face, and none of the three categories deals with this not uncommon scenario.

That's from the chapter titled "Software," which has other problems. There are some good ideas; don't get the module organization of a software package confused with your real organizational units, for example. But there's no clear general orientation to the software issues, not much for creating meaningful comparisons between products, no acknowledgment that fraudulent marketing is a real danger or that seemingly universal terms can carry very different meanings simply by their contextual scope.

My disappointment with the book increased sharply during the instructions for ROI assessment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. MANUEL RAMOS PARTIDA on July 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If You are trying to improve the way your business run: customer satisfaction, productivity, team work, cost reduction, low inventory level, etc. then implement ERP (not ES). This book will change your mind and show you how implement it successfully, even if you know how MRP II works.
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