ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
With ERP systems (Enterprise Resource Planning systems) business processes can be more or less completely depicted in information technology.
The typical task of a ERP system is logging goods in and out, generating sales slips such as dispatch notes and bills, generating business analyses and many other industry-specific tasks.
Known ERP systems include Microsoft Dynamics (former known as Navision), SAP and Comet. Many small and medium-sized businesses invested in ERP systems during the 80s. These systems are often still running on the very expensive UNIX systems.
A looming deficiency of support and spare parts in the future forces many companies to transfer to newer, usually Windows-based ERP systems, which usually poses an enormous personnel-wise and financial expenditure.
ERP systems belong to the key business processes.