Why ERP?

A Primer on SAP Implementation

F. Robert Jacobs, D. Clay Whybark

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2000, 127 pages

ISBN: 0-07-240089-7

Keywords: Enterprise Resource Planning

Last modified: July 30, 2021, 8:38 p.m.

What is Enterprise Resource Planning and why does it matter? Like The Goal, Why ERP? is a short novel about a manager in a furniture manufacturing business who is charged with learning about and implementing a new ERP system, SAP R/3. The story tells of his experience and provides a non-technical, non-programming introduction to the basic concepts and architecture of ERP systems.

  • Preface to Why ERP?
  • Acknowledgments
  • I. Introduction to ERP
    1. The Vacation Is Over — What Is ERP?
    2. At the Plant — A New Opportunity
    3. The Next Morning — It's Sinking In
    4. Information Crisis — The Missing Desk
    5. The Truth Is Out — It's Not the Software
    6. Ohio Has SAP — Off to School
    7. ERP Implementation? — A New Reason!
  • II. The SAP School
    1. First Impressions — Donuts!
      • What Is SAP R/3
      • What Resources Are Managed?
    2. Introduction to R/3 — It Looks Familiar
    3. A First Use of R/3 — Room Reservations
    4. ""Best"" Practices — Business Processes
    5. The War Stories — Why Implement SAP?
      • The Jobs May Change
      • Data Entry Issues
    6. SAP Implementation — Accelerated R/3
      • Project Preparation Phase
      • Business Blueprint
      • Realization
      • Final Preparation
      • Go Live and Support
    7. The R/3 Views of the Firm — Some Detail
    8. A Diversion — Dinner With Amanda
    9. At Last — A Customer Order Demo!
    10. Another Demo — Procurement
    11. For Management — A Financial Application
    12. Just For Billy — A Manufacturing Example
    13. Crunching the Numbers — The Hardware
    14. Providing Support — The Software
    15. Course Wrap-Up — A Sales Pitch
  • III. Back at the Plant
    1. The Questions Continue — SAP in Carolina?
      • Functional Integration
      • ERP Implementation
    2. Back at the Plant — Things Heat Up
    3. Information Integration — Off to Ohio
  • IV. A Different Business
    1. High-Volume Efficiency — The Ohio Plant
    2. An R/3 Success — A Pleasant Lunch
    3. Back in Carolina — Ruth's Vacation
    4. Decisions at the Top — A Mandate for the Plant
    5. It Happens — Starting the R/3 Journey
    6. The Aftermath — Ruth's Café Reopens


Why ERP?

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: May 21, 2007, 2:51 a.m.

A good primer on the subject, which is written like a novel (the authors will never receive the Pulitzer or Nobel price), but in all, a decent book.


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