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ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

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The goal of ERP software is to provide a platform for integrating dissimilar enterprise applications, such as business-critical inventory, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and finance applications. The idea is to provide a way to exchange information between systems and to help companies plan ahead, usually in the development of products.

Deploying ERP is not easy. It involves a considerable amount of business analysis. Current business processes must be evaluated, new workflow patterns must be established, and goals must be established. There may also be a need to interoperate with other businesses and the need to establish electronic commerce systems. Once installed, an ERP system helps companies quickly respond to changing business markets.

SAP is one of the major ERP providers. The SAP Web site is at

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