WHY ERP? A Primer on SAP Implementation

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A book by F. Robert Jacobs & D Clay Whybark

If you’re studying for an MBA or taking a business economics class, it’s likely you will encounter the subject of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Although, a time consuming and, frankly, dry topic, there’s hope for those who seek it. The book, Why ERP? A Primer on SAP ImplementationWhy ERP? A Primer on SAP Implementation by F. Robert Jacobs and D. Clay Whybark, by F. Robert Jacobs and D. Clay Whybark presents the topic of ERPs in an entertaining and understandable format — even possible to read in one go.

The book humorously describes how to integrate an ERP system into a company. The authors have used SAP’s R/3 system as an example, but the approaches and concepts are valuable for other ERP systems as well.

R/3 is an ERP system developed by the company SAP. An ERP system is a software-based, business support system which often consists of several modules and functional blocks. System modules may include; support for supply chain management, financials, customer relationship management, human resources, and other subjects.

While the topic of ERP systems can easily put an audience to sleep, the authors’ storytelling style makes topics in the book easy to digest. You learn how a small, family-owned business goes through the process of integrating their data and transitioning their scattered business systems into SAP R/3. By reading about the challenges faced by the main character Billy, you gain knowledge of ERP systems, and how they can be used to improve processes and workflow.

“Why ERP? A Primer on SAP Implementation,” is one worth reading if you wish to learn the benefits of an ERP system for business, including — better organizational integration, time savings, efficiency improvements, and elimination of redundant information.

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