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    Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning

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    We have a multinational organization making the decision to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning finance system module using a standard package such as offered by Oracle and SAP. This system will only be used by the organization's employees; that is, there are no interfaces to systems owned by the organization's external partners. A system integrator (SI) has to be engaged to provide the subject matter expertise; furthermore, the SI has been selected and is under contract to start work. The Information Systems department has no experience working with SIs. The system will take 1 year to develop, using a typical Systems Development Life Cycle approach, and 1 year to roll out across the organization's domestic and foreign business units.

    What are your personal opinions and thoughts as to which departments are likely to be affected? What are some of the issues they are likely to face? Research this topic with an open mind, put yourself in the position of Lead Integrator and speak from this point of view.

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    The ERP implementation in the organization will affect all the departments and divisions of the organization because it is an enterprise wide implementation aimed at integrated all the individual departments, functions and processes in the organization over a single platform. Hence, ERP implementation will bring in numerous changes in processes, systems and functioning of various departments. For example, departments such as marketing, sales, HR and production or even procurement will start using this system for their day to day functioning and thus, need to migrate from their existing systems ...

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    Discusses implementation of ERP system in an organization.