Enterprise-Wide Systems and Supply Chain Management

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Module Title: Logistics
Coursework title:
Enterprise-wide systems and Supply Chain Management

Professor: Fotis Missopoulos Student: Marigona Bajrami

November 2012

Abstract
Nowadays, the implementation of new technologies is considered as a need for companies in order to succeed in a high competitive business market. In this regard, the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems provide support and benefits within many business processes of companies. The implementation of ERP has been successfully adopted by numerous companies all around the world. This paper focuses on the benefits that ERP systems provide in supply chain management of companies and how it affects their performance. Generally, based on the literature review different benefits and challenges are discussed. Nevertheless, a case study of an engineering company known as MAE will be examined to identify the benefits that the company has gained with the implementation of ERP systems and how the implementations has affected their business performance.

Table of context:

Introduction...............................................................................................................................4 Literature Review..............................................................................................................5-8 Case Study.....................................................................................................................8-9 Recommendations and Conclusion.................................................................................9 Reference List..............................................................................................................10-11

Introduction
Nowadays with the increased competition and constantly new developments of Information Technologies, the adaption of different information systems is considered as a very powerful competitive tool for organizations (Baki et al., 2005). In this regard, the Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) can be considered as a survival tool of supply chain management. Generally, a supply chain is characterised as the inclusion of different warehouses, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and transporters in order to satisfy customer need (Chopra 2001). In order to successfully fulfil customer requests there must be an interaction between supply chain activities with other different organizational functions. In this regard, the enterprise Resource Management (ERP) is a widely recognized IT system which enables the flow of information within different business functions of an organization. Generally, the ERP system has attracted the attention and popularity of organizations in various industries in order to improve their competitiveness in a globalised business environment. According to Otieno 2008, “ the ERP system provide support for core organizational activities such as supply chain management, manufacturing, logistics, finance, sales, service improvement, marketing and human resource”. Therefore, by using this software organizations can gain many benefits such as easy access to information, costs reduction, quality improvement which lead towards increased efficiency. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to explore the benefits from ERP system implementation within organizations and its impact in the overall business performance.

Literature Review
Additionally, the ERP system is used worldwide by around 60 % of multinational companies. Except multinational companies, many Small and medium enterprises gain benefits and competitive advantage through the ERT system usage (Foley and Stein 1997). Generally, the use of ERP systems is considered as a very important tool to coordinate several activities and improve the overall performance of organizations. The aim of ERP systems relies in providing the...
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