Implementation of Sap in Manufacturing

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Implementation of SAP in manufacturing firm
15 Sep2012
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INDEX
1) Introduction: SAP………………………………………………………..3 2) Implementation of various modules of SAP in manufacturing……………………………………………….….4 3) Flow chart…………………………………………………………….……..6 4) Examples of few modules-Production planning…….……..7 5) Material Procurement………………………………………….………9

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Introduction: SAP
SAP is business management integrated software that allows an organization or a firm to use multiple applications at a common platform to enable easy operation of its business. SAP as an application combines all the important functions of an operation, including development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. The basic USP of all SAP applications is a shared database that supports multiple functions used by different business units, department or operators. For example, operator in store department of a manufacturing firm can access the same data as it is accessed by the operator in procurement or inventory control. SAP software also offers a good degree of synchronized reporting and automation. With a SAP system in place, people do not need to maintain separate database or spread sheet which then have to be manually merged to generate reports. SAP solutions allow employees to extract all the information from the common platform, thus providing accurate and current data to the users. As SAP has been utilized for many business solutions, software applications have been developed to help business managers implement SAP or other kind of ERP in other business activities and may also incorporate modules such business intelligence and present them as a single unified package. The basic goal is to provide one central repository for all data that is accessed by all the operators in order to make smooth flow of data across the organization. SAP software consists of many enterprise software modules that an organisation may customize, based on its needs or what suits best to its specific needs and technical capabilities. Each SAP module has its function in specific working domain of a business, such as product development, finance or marketing. Few of the best known and widely used SAP modules include those for product planning, material procurement, Store management, inventory control, Engineering, distribution, accounting, marketing, finance and HR. The implementation of SAP system may involve a thorough analysis of the business processes, employee training, and new working guidelines or procedures. More specifically, a SAP solution:     Gives a global, real-time view of data that can enable companies to address concerns proactively and drive improvements Improves financial compliance with regulatory standards and reduces risk Automates core business operations such as lead-to-cash, order-to-fulfilment, and procure-to-pay processes Enhances customer service by providing one source for billing and relationship tracking.

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Implementation of various modules of SAP in Manufacturing
A manufacturing business is devoted to the production of tangible objects that are high in quality and competitive in cost, meet customers' expectations for performance, and are delivered in a timely manner. Finding and achieving the appropriate balance among these attributes—quality, cost, performance, and time to market—challenge all manufacturing businesses. Those companies that are successful in meeting that challenge remain in business; those that are not usually disappear. In a manufacturing environment that is perhaps changing more rapidly, competing successfully will require that manufacturers increasingly provide customers with shorter times between order and delivery, greater product customization, and higher product quality and performance, while meeting more stringent environmental constraints. These challenges have driven many manufacturing firms to implement a healthy IT system for...
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