Production Planning

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Organizations perceive ERP as a vital tool for organizational competition, as it integrates dispersed organizational systems and enables flawless transactions and production. ERP vendors traditionally offered a single ERP system. ERP systems suffered from limitations in coping with integration challenges dealing with changing requirements. However, companies preferred to implement an ERP suite from one vendor that incorporated stand-alone point solutions (that once filled feature gaps in older ERP releases) to achieve higher levels of integration and improve customer relationships and the supply chain's overall efficiency.

However, though most companies still follow the single source approach, a significant number of firms employ a strategy of “best of breed” ERP to strive for a competitive advantage. ERP vendors began to acquire products, or develop new features comparable to or better than many of the top applications. This helped companies, via single source, maintain or create a competitive advantage based on unique business processes, rather than adopt the same business processes as their competitors.

In the following years, integration was a leading investment due to a feature gap and the need to extend and integrate the ERP system to other enterprises or "best of breed" applications. Integration was ranked as one of the leading investments for 2003. Well over 80% of U.S. companies budgeted for some type of integration in 2002, and roughly one-third of U.S. companies defined application integration as one of their top three IT investments in 2003. ERP license revenue remained steady as companies continued their efforts to broadly deploy core applications, and then add complementary features in later phases.

Developers now take greater effort to integrate mobile devices with the ERP system. ERP vendors are extending ERP to these devices, along with other business applications. Technical stakes of modern ERP concern integration—hardware, applications, networking, supply chains. ERP now covers more functions and roles—including decision making, stakeholders' relationships, standardization, transparency, globalization, etc

Production Management Course Outline

  • Overview of PLM with the key functional areas
  • Document Management Functions:
  • Configuring, maintaining and using the system to classify objects
  • Complex Plant Maintenance projects in Enterprise Asset Management
  • Plant Maintenance in Enterprise Asset Management and SAP solution portfolio
  • Structuring and Managing Technical Objects
  • Schedule Work and Maintenance Planning
  • Customizing settings for Maintenance Processing
  • Integration between Maintenance Order Processes and Financial and Management Accounting
  • Work Clearance Management

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