ERP Optimization: Using Your Existing System to Support Profitable E-Business Initiatives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

ERP Optimization

Using Your Existing System to Support Profitable E-Business Initiatives, 1st Edition

By Cindy Jutras

CRC Press

192 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Existing ERP systems are being used to support an increasing amount of critical e-business initiatives, even though this is far from their original purpose. While ERP can form a foundation for successfully meeting e-business needs, future success will be derived not only from a firm, supportive foundation, but from a solid e-business superstructure that guides your company through a value chain that has grown longer and more complex.

ERP Optimization provides a technology-centric approach to leading your company through an e-transformation. It shows you how to leverage current investments in information systems while minimizing disruptions to the core business of the enterprise. Written in a business vernacular, the book effectively bridges the gap between technology and business strategy. The author takes you through the process of defining e-business goals and accessing and maximizing current systems capabilities. She details the steps required to assume a leadership position within an integrated business community and demonstrates how to support secure information exchanges with customer, suppliers,and partners.

ERP alone is not enough to secure and maintain a superior position in today's economy, but it can provide the backbone and infrastructure of enterprise applications that are the necessary, essential prerequisites to conducting e-business. Whether you are an executive today, or hope to be one in the future, ERP Optimization gives you the tools to lead your organization successfully into the e-business world.

Table of Contents

CAN ERP MEET YOUR E-BUSINESS NEEDS?

Time - The Most Precious Commodity

"Virtual" Integration

E-Business Equals Full Exposure

Beyond "Quality-Price-Delivery" to Interoperability

The Effect of E-Business on Your Business

The Sell Side of E-Business

The Buy Side of E-Business

Summary

THE EMPOWERED EXECUTIVE - KNOWING @ THE SPEED OF E

A Story

What Do You Need to Know?

Transaction-Based Systems a Start, but Not Enough

It's Not Just about Infrastructure

Building a Management Superstructure

Information Overload

One Company's Approach

Aligning Business Strategy with Information Technology

Connecting Myers' Divisions

Notifying Myers' Management of Changing Markets

Searching for Hidden Factors

Recruiting Intelligence "Agents"

Managing Proactively

Using Events of the Past to Predict the Future

Myers Predicts Failures before They Occur

Summary

COMPANY CULTURE - ITS IMPACT ON YOUR FUTURE

How Do You Define Culture?

Absorption of Change

The "Not Invented Here" Syndrome

The Art of Communication

Is It Art or Is It Science?

Technology and Your Corporate Culture

Accelerating the Speed of Business

Silos of Information

Summary

THE EVOLUTION OF E-BUSINESS - WHERE DO YOU STAND?

The Three Generations of E-Business

But First, Some Definitions

E-Information - The First Generation

Communicating with Your Employees

Communicating with Customers

Connecting Distributors - Another Way to Look at Bricks and Clicks

Connecting with Suppliers

The Transition to E-Commerce

E-Commerce - The Next Generation

B2B vs. B2C

Outbound Communication - B2B vs. B2C

Automating Processes

Full E-Business Integration - The Final Frontier

How Does E-Business Change Your Business?

The Story of Dell

Preparing for Full E-Business Integration

An Analyst's Perspective

Information Services

Interaction Services

Integration Services

Collaboration Services

Exchange Services

Summary

References

E-COMMERCE - ONE STEP ALONG THE JOURNEY TO FULL

E-Business Integration

Choosing a Business Model

Direct Selling

The Intermediated Business Model

E-Commerce Platform Requirements

A Shaky Beginning

The Value E-Marketplaces Bring

Evaluating Trading Exchanges

The Buy Side of E-Commerce

The Benefits of the Buy Side

Lower Purchase Administration Cost

Control Maverick Spending

Shortened Purchase Cycles

Lower Price of Purchased Items

The Purchasing Process

Spend Analysis

Supply Strategy

Requisition

Source and Price

Transaction Automation

Vendor Management

The Difference between Direct and Indirect Materials

Transaction Automation of Direct Materials

Transaction Automation of Indirect Materials

Summary

INTEGRATING ALL INFORMATION ASSETS

Why Is Integration an Issue? Reason 1

Why Is Integration an Issue? Reason 2

Why Is Integration an Issue? Reason 3

What Constitutes Integration?

What Approach Do You Take?

Summary

PREDICTING BUSINESS EVENTS

Speed vs. Timing

Clues to the Future

Beyond the Capacity of Humans

The Possibilities

The Limitations

Summary

EPILOGUE

Appendix A: Business Process Outsourcing

References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS053000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUS083000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology