By: Think Tree Technologies

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a computer-oriented system designed to ease resource management; it was first used and named by research firm Gartner, Inc. in 1990. Resources included beneath ERP’s umbrella include financial materials, tangibles, human resources, and miscellaneous supplies. The goal of an ERP system is to gather common business operations and merge them into a widely accessible system. Versatile conglomerates, ERP systems can be located on a central server or spread across a local area network (LAN). Such a design is integral to the appeal of ERP: businesses are able to easily access the system and bring together different components (each from separate vendors, if need be) rather than using several computer systems that cannot be fully utilized. Given the unique units that comprise an ERP system, it is necessary to list the qualities a system must have in order to qualify as ERP. First, every module within the framework must employ similar functionality and aesthetics; this keeps ERP platforms accessible to all members of a business. Second, all users should be granted access to one database rather than multiple ones, which cuts down on information redundancy and conflicting data. Third, any user with ERP access should be able to use the configuration to locate information without the aid of information services (IS) engineers.