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ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and its many possibilities

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and its many possibilitiesImage Credit: Supplied

In this world of automated everything, it is no surprise that businesses are increasingly turning to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage and organize their day-to-day activities, and link all the connecting components of their business into one integrated system to facilitate the flow of information.

Depending on the type and size of the business and the industry it operates in, different modules that make up an entire ERP software package are chosen to automate the organization after a thorough needs assessment by an ERP professional or company. The biggest ERP solutions providers today include Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP.

The benefits of implementing an ERP system include increased transparency, cost effectiveness, efficient running of an organization, and uniformity. Although implementing an ERP system can be an extremely expensive and time-consuming affair, businesses look to the drawbacks as necessary evil towards a greater good.

Training institutes across the UAE and the world offer ERP courses to fill the gap and cater to the increasing number of enterprises turning to the software for the benefits it provides. Courses are of many types and duration. Some training institutes provide vendor specific training while others offer a more holistic approach to ERP study. Students of Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Computer Science and IT professionals can ensure they have an edge over their contemporaries by studying ERP.

Handy Hints:

• ERP is designed to streamline business processes

• Microsoft, SAP and Oracle known ERP providers

• MBA and BCS students can enroll in an ERP course

Source: Bushra Hamed-Sharif, Special to Classifieds,

The writer is a freelancer