erp competitive advantages

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How to get advantage over rivals? This is what drives the organizations into implementing new technologies and systems. Handling data is one of the core factors that define success of an organization. Companies depend on Information Technology for data handling. Implementing an ERP system is good way to do that. ERP which stands for Enterprise Resource Planning can be defined as a platform or business management software that allows an organization or management to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business. It is well structured and is well known for its success and advantages that comes with the implementation. Many organizations found competitive advantage over their rivals by implementing ERP systems which pushed other organizations to change and implement ERP systems. This led everyone having same technology trying to achieve competitive advantage.

This assignment is a small attempt to find out how organizations gain advantage with implementing ERP systems when their rivals are having same or similar systems implemented.

For understanding this issue case study on two organizations implemented ERP and had different results will be examined. (Motwani, Mirchandini, Madan, & Gunesekeran, 2002)

What is ERP?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning which is a tool that has integrated applications to manage a business. ERP integrates every phases of a business which includes product planning, designing and development and even sales and marketing. ERP system is brought from a single vendor and every system in each department of the organization will be integrated. This makes the communications between each department easy and data transformations less complicated. Also this gives a proper view to the business flow in an organization. (Mandal & Gunesekaran, 2003)

Competitive Advantages with ERP.

There are so many advantages that can be gained with the implementation of ERP systems. Since it...