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Consider the following scenario:

As part of the management team for PPQ Parts Manufacturing Company, you are tasked with selecting the best software packages for the firm's materials requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirement planning (CRP), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) needs.

Use the Internet, course materials and web resources to research the pros and cons of six software systems designed to perform these functions. Then, write a Software Recommendations Report that you will submit to the chief executive.

In the report, be sure to justify your recommendations by analyzing the pros and cons of each of the six software systems you evaluated.

You will need to include information such as cost, compatibility with current systems and work flow processes, functionality, ease of use, and end user support.

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Materials Requirements Planning

Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) systems make certain materials are structured to manufacture the necessary quantity for distribution (SAP MRP, n.d.). A simple MRP system is MRP Excel software, for industrialized processes called Research Manager. It is advantageous since it is an Excel system and with compact software which has ease in use and widespread reporting potential; nonetheless its drawback is its ability in "what-if" scenarios, and it does not have functionality like the SAP MRP systems (Kannan, 2002).

After researching numerous MRP systems, SAP MRP is best answer for PPQ Parts Manufacturing Company. PPQ Parts has other software systems which are compatible with SAP, and SAP has global solutions.

SAP MRP can systematically trigger orders required for production; lessening raw materials levels. SAP MRP systems facilitate target level orders; initiating approval processes when orders should be fashioned. This is essential during peak activity, or when activities decrease. Order creations are through forecasts. Regularly, SAP MRP will set the materials needed for planning; including inventories and scheduled receipts in the facility. SAP MRP will send these requirements to suppliers upon an affirmative schedule (SAP MRP, n.d.).

SAP MRP systems enable the workforce to perform availability checks and maintenance on finished products. These are warehouse specific, with the information made obtainable in every region. This would provide PPQ Parts with the potential to look at different suppliers within its supply chain and evaluate various raw materials costs among vendors within all regions (SAP MRP, n.d.).

Implementation of SAP MRP systems within PPQ Parts could pose to be challenge due to the architectural design at PPQ Parts. Preliminary time commitments from the workforce, may provisionally delay production. Though, production delays and initial investment would be worthwhile in the long run. The helpful capabilities presented by SAP MRP systems would make implementation at PPQ Parts advantageous. It would afford PPQ Parts with requirements needed to function in its volatile industry.

Capacity Requirements Planning

Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) calculates requisite capacities from the processes utilized by firms to manufacture products (Inman, ...

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