Enterprise Resource Planning: A Brief History

These days, many businesses of all sizes rely on enterprise resource planning to keep watch over their everyday business processes. But how did it start out? It’s actually an interesting history – one we don’t have enough room here to tell a comprehensive story – but here’s a brief history of the small beginnings of enterprise resource planning, and how it became the powerhouse it is today.

The Genesis of Enterprise Resource Planning – Manufacturing.

In the 1960s, all computers were business-based, expensive, and gigantic. As a result, many industries were not quick to include them in the workplace. One industry that did embrace the technology, however, was manufacturing. The usefulness of computers in manufacturing was due largely to the existence of new software called Manufacturing Requirements Planning, or (MRP). For the first time, companies had an electronic organizational and scheduling tool which could be utilized the same way at each location. This eventually expanded to become Manufacturing Resource Planning, which incorporated customer and supplier information into a single tool. Eventually, other industries began to take notice.

Industries Invest in Computers, Mainly for Enterprise Resource Planning.

Once the benefits of the computerized enterprise resource planning tool became apparent, government agencies and organizations in the service sector began integrating the technology into their daily workflow. As the 1970s progressed, computers were bulky and impractical for small-to-medium sized businesses – but the need was still apparent. Thus, computers began to evolve into smaller, more practical and efficient systems which would allow for ERP desktop use. Companies such as Oracle, JD Edwards and SAP formed and began working on customized ERP software for multi-industry use.

Enterprise Resource Planning Takes an Evolutionary Leap.

Throughout the rest of the 1970s and the 1980s, both computer technology and ERP software continued to evolve at a set pace. However, at the beginning of the 1990s, computer technology began to increase rapidly as the demand for personal computers grew. In response, ERP software had to evolve accordingly. This decade showed incredible leaps in technology, encompassing more and more aspects of business management. This technological growth persisted into the new millennium, and continues to this day.

Michell Can Bring Your Enterprise Resource Planning Up to Date.

History has shown us that enterprise resource planning is the definite future of business infrastructure. Organizations currently utilizing the software continually look to update it to keep up with their evolving business growth, and many organizations currently without it are looking into incorporating ERP into their business structure. Give us a call, and we can show you all the incredible things ERP software can do for you.

ERP Technology Simplified

Keeping track of each and every aspect of your business – whether startup or existing – is paramount to staying on the road to success and prosperity. While many different programs exist to monitor every facet of your business, they are often separate programs which do not communicate with one another. Luckily, systems do exist which will monitor each individual aspect of your business AND communicate between departments. These systems are called ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning – and here’s a quick, simplified explanation of some of the great things ERP technology does.

ERP Technology offers Sales and Purchasing.

No one ever wants to see a potential sale or new client fall between the cracks. One great aspect of ERP technology is its ability to track all sales opportunities. From the moment the opportunity presents itself to the moment the client signs on the dotted line, all progress is tracked by the ERP system. Not only that, but the system will also predict the revenue potential, as well as automate the purchase orders after your client signs and places their first order.

ERP Technology offers Production and Inventory.

Sales are great, They’re the life’s blood of almost every company. But fulfillment is another beast altogether. ERP does such a great job of managing sales and purchasing, wouldn’t it be great if it managed the fulfillment side, as well? It actually does. Your ERP technology will not only manage all warehouse data, it also tracks the movements of all your stock-in-transit, and will even craft production orders for you! Amazed yet? We’re not even done.

ERP Technology offers Human Resources.

As you know, there’s much more to business than sales and fulfillment. You hire people, and those people have needs which must be managed. Your ERP technology can even greatly assist your HR manager with its integrated human resource and payroll tools. Once you have every aspect of your business entered into the ERP system, suddenly – you’re running a tight ship with your business, as it sails down the river of success efficiently and effectively.

Michell can Customize the Perfect ERP Technology for Your Business.

ERP technology is quickly becoming the norm for total business management for today’s prosperous organizations. If you’re ready to make the switch to ERP to manage all aspects of your business with efficiency and ease, give Michell a call, and we’ll discuss with you exactly how the process will go from start to finish.