Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. ERP Software integrates all facets of an operation – including product planning, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. In a single database, application and user interface.
ERP software typically consists of multiple enterprise software modules that are individually purchased. Based on what best meets the specific needs and technical capabilities of the organization. Each ERP module is focused on one area of business processes, such as product development or marketing.
Some of the most common ERP modules include those for product planning, material purchasing, inventory control, distribution, accounting etc. A business will typically use a combination of different modules to manage back-office activities and tasks including the following:
Distribution process management, supply chain management, services knowledge base, configure, prices, improve accuracy of financial data, facilitate better project planning. Also automate employee life-cycle, standardize critical business procedures, reduce redundant tasks, assess business needs, accounting and financial applications.
As the ERP methodology has become more popular, software application have emerged to help business managers implement ERP in to other business activities and may incorporate modules for CRM and business intelligence presenting it as a single unified package. The basic goal of using an enterprise resource planning system is to provide one central repository for all information that is shared by all the various ERP facets to improve the flow of data across the organization.