ERP Then and Now

By Doug Bartholomew  |  Posted 2006-10-02 Print this article Print

International Game Technology, a maker of slot machines, uses an enterprise resource planning system to tilt the odds in its favor by cutting production turnarounds and streamlining staff access to company information.

ERP : Then and Now

Manufacturing: ERP
5 Years Ago Today
ERP perceived as distraction from lean manufacturing. ERP packages offer tools to support lean projects.
ERP has little connectivity with plant-floor systems. ERP embraces manufacturing execution systems.
The technology lacks real-time factory information, limiting business intelligence. Business intelligence, either best-of-breed or part of ERP, offers real-time views into manufacturing operations.
ERP comes from a single vendor, making integration with other applications difficult. Manufacturers begin integrating ERP "composite" application components from other vendors via service-oriented architecture.

Doug Bartholomew is a career journalist who has covered information technology for more than 15 years. A former senior editor at IndustryWeek and InformationWeek, his freelance features have appeared in New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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