Imagine a business requirement for automating all the basic functions of a manufacturing industry such as financials, operations management, production, supply chain management, customer support etc. All of these components are different as they involve different data and have varying reporting requirements and levels of access. However, each individual component is already defined as it has to follow a definite pattern which is fixed for that segment (Example-A basic production management software needs features for scheduling shifts, managing raw materials, checking output, invoicing for new materials, demand analysis, forecasting etc). Before the advent of ERP software’s, individual software applications used to be developed and then integrated across the organization. This caused a lot of developmental and maintenance costs which did not add to the utility of implementing such a solution.
How they evolved: During the early 90’s, major software companies observed that the common applications they developed for different business verticals were almost similar with just the data, interface, integration and requirements that were differing. They began developing a macro application which forms a basic pattern for such individual requirements and then started customizing and configuring it for different clients. This developmental pattern led to the trend of ERP software’s which has now become a De Facto standard in enterprise software solutions. ERP software’s evolved over the time with many different modules, integration abilities, easy of usage, support for a distributed environment etc. The focus then changed to developing an integrated ERP suite which would have all of these component modules for the specific industry as a whole (Ex: A financial module, a production module, HR module etc). This allows data to be easily shared and interfaced between different modules so that the developmental and integration costs are further reduced and the solutions better managed. Such an approach gave way for developing full-fledged ERP suites with many components or modules which can be purchased, integrated and configured as per the specific business requirement.
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