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Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in Manufacturing



Edward J. Barkmeyer Jr., Mary B. Algeo


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are commercial applications that provide the backbone necessary to support the enterprise-wide integration of processes and information required for day-to-day operations as well as for tactical level planning of operations. In a manufacturing scenario, these packaged applications serve to orchestrate the interrelated operations activities of sourcing manufacturing planning, and logistics within a given enterprise. More recently, as vendors augment the traditional transaction processing function of ERP systems with various analytical processing functions--particularly for supply chain management and electronic commerce--some claim ERP to be not just the inter- enterprise solution but also the inter-enterprise one. In reality, an ERP System is part of an enterprise's total information technology solution. But what part? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Given the strategic implications of an ERP implementation, a manufacturing enterprise must determine the specific roles that a given ERP system will play. Yet, while there are probably no two identical ERP implementations in manufactring enterprises, there is significant commonality among ERP Systems as a class of manufacturing applications. Given the magnitude of investment that manufacturers are making in ERP systems.

Handbook for Industrial Engineering


enterprise applications, enterprise resource planning, enterprise systems, manufacturing systems, packaged applications


Barkmeyer Jr., E. and Algeo, M. (2000), Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in Manufacturing, Handbook for Industrial Engineering, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created June 30, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021