Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) in the Modern Era

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) in the Modern Era: Webcast Series

ERP is a suite of applications for the integrated management of core business processes, from manufacturing to distribution, finance and human resources, using a common process and data model.

Kevin Prouty, senior vice president, research, at Boston, Massachusetts-based industry analyst Aberdeen Group recently gave a presentation on manufacturing and enterprise resource planning (ERP) based on an Aberdeen survey of manufacturers.

Key findings of the research included:

  • A lack of visibility and predictability is driving manufacturers today.
  • ERP is the single most implemented enterprise application.
  • ERP lays the foundations for standard business processes among manufacturers.
  • ERP is a living system that is maintained, extended, and evolved after initial implementation.
  • Best-in-class manufacturers are much more likely to have a multi-ERP or federated strategy than average or laggard organizations.   

In manufacturing industries, availability of up-to-date, integrated ERP data allows quick response to changing market conditions and business needs. Workflow efficiencies extend into the supply chain, to support services delivery, from sales to inventory and from supplier to customer.

As the information technology infrastructure found in manufacturing enterprises evolves, ERP has changed to reap the benefits of the latest capabilities. For example, increasing sophistication in the discipline of business process management (BPM) holds big lessons for those looking to fit the technology base to the business process using best practices.

A series of four CFE Media webinars will look at current topics related to enterprise resources planning in the modern era. Register for the webcast series here.

Now on-demand: 

Critical ERP Implementation Elements for Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises

Original Air Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 
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Business-process management (BPM) and enterprise resources planning (ERP) benefits are best realized when a tight link is established between implementation approach and BPM performance measures. What are these measures, and how can they be used during an implementation, and after, to streamline work and eliminate unnecessary steps?

Cloud ERP Streamlines Operations in an Era of IIoT Data

Original Air Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 
Attendees qualify for a Certificate of Completion

How will manufacturers absorb and manage the huge amounts of industrial plant-floor data made available by IIoT sensor and connectivity advances? Cloud-based ERP can play a big role in leveraging real-time data in the manufacturing enterprise, making it easier to interpret and act on data, providing manufacturing intelligence from the shop floor to the top floor. 

For Managers on the Go: ERP and Mobility

Original Air Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 
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For a long while, no one expected smart phones and tablets to play a role in production environments. Today mobile not only has an increasingly important role in services, but companies are faced with issues when personnel want to use their own devices on plant floors.  For ERP relevancy, what’s needed is a way to securely distribute subsets of existing applications outside the company network to industry standard devices. The next question: how is mobile best used in manufacturing?

When is the best time to move ERP to the cloud?

Original Air Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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The time has come, it is said, for small to midsize enterprises (SMEs) to move their ERP systems to the cloud. But why they should do so now, and what it will mean for users, are two very good questions. Companies make the move to save money, to streamline upgrades and guarantee future flexibility. This webinar will look at the benefits, challenges and trade-offs for SMEs that want infrastructure and enterprise applications to support the business without straining non-essential resources. 

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