Why ERP? A Primer on SAP Implementation

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9780072400892: Why ERP? A Primer on SAP Implementation

"Why ERP?" is not a traditional textbook designed for a specified course, it is patterned after the wildly successful short novel "The Goal" by Eli Goldratt. "The Goal" is currently required reading in many undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses. 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-particularly SAP R/3. The story tells of his experience learning about it, his considering other installations as examples, and then his deciding the key issues and how to proceed. Incorporated into the story is a concise introduction to the basic concepts and architecture of ERP systems, including actual screen shots of R/3 modules.Though this is NOT a programming book, it is a quick read overview, and it can be assigned even for 'systems' majors, as a background reading to lay-out the managerial issues and build a basic understanding of the concepts-prior to doing actual technical programming or hands-on R/3 projects. Through the eyes of the hero in the novel, the reader is presented with all the related implementation and business issues. Intended to provide a non-technical, non-programming introduction, this book can stand alone as a quick read or self-study introduction for any manager or business student. The text is also great for schools who do NOT have any SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, or other ERP system on campus, and who have no access to online or hands-on samples or examples. This book can provide the needed literacy and awareness of what ERP is and why it matters.

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Writing style and well-known authors lend credibility and reality to the study of ERP systems they provide motivation and an authoritative background for students. The message is delivered in a "light-hearted" yet serious manner.
Format - The text is written similar to "The Goal" a privately published novel written by two consultants, one of them (Eli Goldratt) is quite famous among the operations management community. It has been used as a supplement for Operations Management Courses nationwide, and as a program requirement in some MBA programs and as required reading for several thousand practitioners during improvement programs. The identification of "Why ERP?" with the goal is important and it will give the concept instant recognition.
SAP Screenshots afford the student a tangible experience with SAP. This will be particularly useful for schools that don't have access to the software.
Class tests and user feedback incorporated into the text. This novel has been used at Indiana University in short courses and in Executive MBA courses at North Carolina. Feedback from both inexperienced undergraduate and very experienced upper level managers has been built into the final published version providing students a realistic view of the subject.

About the Author:

F. Robert Jacobs is currently department chairman at Indiana University. He has a Ph.D from Ohio State and is past Vice President of the Decision Sciences Institute, Information Technology Coordinator for Decision Sciences Institute for 1997, as well as Associate Editor on the board of the Journal of Operations Management.David Clay Whybark (Chapel Hill, NC) is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

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