Tag Archives: ERP

Operations Insight: IMI Precision Engineering

This article on the manufacturer.com website provides insight into IMI Precision Engineering and how it has developed and implemented its lean manufacturing strategy.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it manufactures both high volume/low value components, … Continue reading

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ERP explained – without too much sales hype

We think this five minute video would be great to show in class so that students can get a clearer idea of this complex system.  Unlike many promotional videos made by vendors, it comes without any sales hype – until … Continue reading

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Incorporating sustainability into enterprise resource systems

Excellent article in the Sloan Management Review that identifies how sustainability might be incorporated into ERP systems.  It argues that customers want information about the social and environmental impact of products.  And the way in which this could be provided … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Huaxing Glass Group

Consulting companies are often a good source of industry case studies.  This Insight comes from Accenture.  It explains how the Huaxing Glass group improved its operating performance by implementing a SAP-based ERP system.

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Implementation – the real challenge in operations management

Knowing what to do is the easy part, it is putting into practice that’s the hard part.  But there is very little written about the practical side of implementation,  That’s why this article in The Manufacturer is so helpful.  It … Continue reading

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Selecting the ‘right’ ERP system

Great article in The Manufacturer by their IT Editor proposing seven issues to address when choosing to adopt an ERP system.  Briefly these are: Industry ‘fit’ Future proofing Be prepared to upgrade Clearly establish management information needs Select the best … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Millennium Foods ERP system

ERP is a topic that even colleagues in industry find challenging.  This link takes you to a case study about how a small food manufacturing company based in the USA adopted and implemented an ERP system.   It is very … Continue reading

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Why manufacturers are moving to cloud computing

This is a link to a great article in The Manufacturer which provides four case studies of manufacturing companies that have adopted cloud computing.   It tends to be related to ERP, SAP, and SaaS – all of which you can read … Continue reading

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Impact of so-called ‘enterprise systems’

The most cited article in the Journal of Operations Management is Hendricks et al (2007) “The impact of enterprise systems on corporate performance: A study of ERP, SCM, and CRM system implemenation” [vol. 25, issue 1, 65-82].  Basically the article … Continue reading

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Understanding ERP

Given Steve Phillips’s scepticism about ERP systems vendors (see our blog of 11th May), we are somewhat reluctant to direct you towards a vendor’s website in order to learn more about this topic.  However, so long as you heed Steve’s … Continue reading

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