Enterprise Resource Planning
ERP is Enterprise Resource Planning. ERP is a software solution that addresses the enterprise needs taking the process view of an organization to meet the organizational goals tightly integrating all functions of an enterprise. ERP automates the tasks of the major functional areas of a company: finance, HR, sales and distribution etc., and stores all the data from those different areas in a single database, accessible to all. It attempts to integrate all departments and functions across a company onto a single computer system that can serve all those different departments' particular needs.

An ERP solution primarily consists of modules such as: Financials, Material Management, Inventory Management, Plant Maintenance, Production Planning, Sales and Marketing and Human Resources. Other industry specific modules are applied based on the requirements of the respective industry sector.

There are three major reasons why companies undertake ERP:

  • To integrate financial data. As the CEO tries to understand the company's overall performance, he or she may find many different versions of the truth. Finance has its own set of revenue numbers, sales has another version, and the different business units may each have their own versions of how much they contributed to revenues. ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot be questioned because everyone is using the same system

  • To standardize manufacturing processes. "Manufacturing companies" especially those with an appetite for mergers and acquisitions often find that multiple business units across the company make the same widget using different methods and computer systems. Standardizing those processes and using a single, integrated computer system can save time, increase productivity and reduce headcount.

  • To standardize HR information. Especially in companies with multiple business units, HR may not have a unified, simple method for tracking employee time and communicating with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that. In the race to fix these problems, companies often lose sight of the fact that ERP packages are nothing more than generic representations of the ways a typical company does business. While most packages are exhaustively comprehensive, each industry has its quirks that make it unique. Most ERP systems were designed to be used by discreet manufacturing companies (who make physical things that can be counted), which immediately left all the process manufacturers (oil, chemical and utility companies that measure their products by flow rather than individual units) out in the cold. Each of these industries has struggled with the different ERP vendors to modify core ERP programs to their needs.

We at Spry understand the above issues thoroughly and realize that implementing an ERP solution for an industry means assisting an organization in controlling costs by providing real-time data to the organization, avoiding redundant data capture, providing relevant data to specific departments, assisting in management decisions, and minimizing over-head costs. A computerized ERP solution also assists the organization on providing a paper-less environment.

Spry Resources has expertise in the industry sector of Manufacturing, Process Industry, Service Industry and others. Technical expertise extends to implementing various ERP products, which include: SAP R/3, Oracle ERP Products, PeopleSoft, BAAN, RAMCO, etc. Spry Resources also has expertise in developing custom ERP applications and bolt-on for industry specific solutions using core language tools and high-end database systems.