ERP Solutions for Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs) Case Study by writingsensation

ERP Solutions for Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs)
A study of the use of ERP (enterprise resource planning) solutions in SMEs (small and medium enterprises).
# 75054 | 3,847 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper provides a discussion and case study analysis concerning the various strategies that enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have developed. The paper uses examples of findings from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who have utilized these new options. Included is an assessment of what barriers exist in the implementation of ERP systems in SMEs. The study also provides an overview of the relevant issues, as well as those factors that contributed to their success or failure. Salient findings and a summary of the research, including the fact that virtually all small to medium-sized enterprises can take advantage of the benefits offered through a well selected ERP package, are provided in the conclusion, as well as recommendations to follow.

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"Today, more and more SMEs are being pressured by an increasingly globalized economy to modify their traditional management styles, both operationally and organizationally, by replacing them with more streamlined and integrated systems that serve to improve the speed and flexibility of their physical and information flows (Jones, 2002), help synchronize demand with supply, and help manage transactions more accurately (Bigras & Gelinas, 2004). There are, however, a wide range of ERP alternatives available to assist in this regard, depending on what size firm is involved (Laursen, 2002). The majority of the ERP software packages are most appropriate for companies with more than $500 million in annual sales and more than 500 employees (Johnston, 2003); however, there are now a number of ERP solutions available on the market and even the main ERP players have solutions that are appropriate for the SME market (Krystkowiak, Bucciarelli & Dubois, 2004; Bielski, 2002). According to the report, "Mid-market Manufacturers and the New Landscape for Enterprise Resource Planning" (2005), "Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are streamlining and automating processes that small manufacturers would have found cumbersome to carry out on a global basis. This process improvement, in turn, allows these manufacturers to extend their geographic reach at lower costs" (p. 3). Therefore, ERP packages provide SME managers with more efficient and effective ways to interconnect geographically dispersed stakeholders and integrate existing information and communication technologies (Blenkhorn & Fleisher, 2001)."

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