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Enterprise Resources Planning and Beyond
Integrating Your Entire Organization

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ISBN 9781574442601
Published September 28, 1999 by CRC Press
420 Pages

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Book Description

To achieve success in today's business climate you must do more than provide high quality low cost products to customers when and how they want them. Customers and suppliers require fully integrated information - throughout the supply chain or value chain. You must integrate your organization so completely that executive decisions are implemented effortlessly.
Competitive pressures often cause a reduction in prices, in spite of continually rising costs. A decrease in prices paired with increased costs quickly eliminates any profitability and threatens your company's ability to survive. This book shows you how you can reduce costs through the elimination of waste caused by poor communication and coordination throughout a company as well as between the company, its suppliers, and its customers.
The author explains Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in non-technical terms, describing how an ERP system can fully integrate all functions in your manufacturing organization. He demonstrates the system's capability to increase efficiency and profitability - and to delight the customer - as well as its current deficiencies.
In addition to his thorough coverage of ERP, the author introduces Total Enterprise Integration (TEI), the process of integrating all the information required to fully support a manufacturing company. TEI represents a logical extension of complete information integration throughout a manufacturing enterprise and into the supply chain. This new concept shows you how the intelligent use of work flow allows responsibility to go to the most appropriate front-line decision makers while maintaining proper budgetary and operational controls.
The power of TEI is in the integration of communication across the entire manufacturing company, and out through the supply chain to customers and suppliers. Enterprise Resource Planning and Beyond: Integrating Your Entire Organization focuses on what a fully integrated system can do for you.


Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgments, The Author, About APICS, Testimonials, 1 Introduction, 2 Executive Direction and Support, 3 Customer Integration, 4 Engineering Integration, 5 Manufacturing Integration, 6 Support Services Integration, 7 Technical Considerations (in Nontechnical Language), 8 Other Topics, 9 System Selection, 10 Successful Implementation, 11 The People Side of TEI, Appendix A: Features and Functions for Repetitive Manufacturing, Appendix B: Features and Functions for Process Manufacturing, Appendix C: Professional Associations

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Gary Langenwalter has more than 25 years’ experience assisting companies to successfully transform themselves. He is founder and president of Manufacturing Consulting Partners, International, Inc., a firm with 25 consultants who have an average of 20 years’ experience in helping manufacturers achieve their full potential. He has designed MRP II systems, led ERP education for 25 years, and selected and successfully implemented several systems both as an in-house project leader and as an external consultant.


"This book is outstanding! If I had to put stars beside all of the excellent ideas, my comments would have looked like the Milky Way."
-Steve Desirey, Manager, DuPont Consulting for Business Improvement

"...an indispensable guide to an enterprise-wide system! Use this book to plan and implement an ERP system, avoid pitfalls, and understand its power. Your customers will expect you to have ERP and your competitors will have it."
-Karen Jones, Manager of Business Processes and Systems, Tropicana Products, Inc.

"A must read for every manager and executive who is seeking to maximize the benefits of ERP in their company...a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, nontechnical exploration of ERP and how its elements work together. It should be a standard reference on the desk of every executive and professional in a manufacturing company."
-Norman Fuss, Senior Manager, Business and Technical Solutions, BDO Seidman, LLP

"...uniquely integrates ERP with customers and suppliers into the entire supply chain, providing the framework for a quantum leap in customer-driven performance of the entire organization."
-Joe Bruno Celkupa, General Manager, Howard Press

"Chock-full of practical how-to's and watch-out's...written for the professional who is serious about substantial improvements. It offers detailed direction for achieving world-class manufacturing excellence...the author has provided an important service to the manufacturing community."
-Charles E. Miller, Jr., CFIM, CIRM, Program Manager, General Dynamics Land Systems

"Must reading for anyone selecting or implementing ERP software...anyone involved in an ERP project will find this text most helpful...a fine introductory text for the ERP newcomer, as well as a fine thought-provoking text on advanced processes for the ERP professional."
-Robert A. Abair, Senior Partner, Robert Abair Associates, Inc.