Enterprise Business Systems: Pros and Cons

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Enterprise Systems: A Challenge for Success

Introduction
Technological advancements and the importance of information in today’s business climate has made it necessary for

companies world-wide to adapt and to evolve with the ever changing way in which information is used to better design, produce,

market, ship and service the products in which firms provide their customers. Keeping pace in today’s breakneck paced business

environment, where information and technology is wielded like a sword, is now a prerequisite for all businesses in order to have any

measure of long term success. Moreover businesses are turning to Enterprise Systems and other MIS in order to bring their outdated

and procedurally challenged methodologies of yester-year more in line with the advancements and applications used in today’s

global markets. The Enterprise System ultimately, is a benefit to any organization with its operations, however it does not come

without its own problems and drawbacks also.

What is an Enterprise System?
An enterprise system brings information sharing to business infrastructure both internally and externally, by way of one

central database, allowing for data to be instantly available to all of the various functions and business processes of the organization.

The goal is to facilitate better decision making, communication and feedback, and increase cost saving efficiency in all areas of

operations. Each of the functions of an organization are assigned specific software modules that simplify the processes that once

took endless amounts of materials and resources to organize and integrates them with all other modules and stores it in one central

data base. This in turn will improve vastly the data sharing and communications between departmental and management personnel.

When implemented properly the result is a vastly more efficient and less costly operation with improved production, and significantly

better relations between management and its resources as well as significantly improved customer relations.

Enterprise System Applications

As information comes in, the enterprise system distributes pertinent data to all departments. For instance, a new product which has

had great sales numbers during a trade show is entered into the system on location by way of any number of electronic devices

within minutes. The finance information of the buyer is received and approval of the sale is made by accounts receivable, and is

dispersed back into the system where warehouse personnel check the purchase against inventory stocks or determine if they must be

produced. If so, manufacturing, production will schedule the runoff, and then input projected completion dates and requisition the

supplies rather than store endless amounts of costly parts and materials. From the projected completion date, shipping and receiving

schedule packaging and itinerary for delivery of the products, and will track the progress as it makes its way. Meanwhile the

pertinent customer profile information is compiled and customer service begins to further solidify relations by personalizing the

overall experience for their customer by any number of electronic means. Since the newly available data is current and accurate rather than the slower and error prone methods prior, an efficient and

more accurate business process with improved morale amongst the rank and file will emerge. The ability to track an order from the

moment of its conception to its final destination allows for...
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