1)Much has been written in the news media about ERP systems, both in print and online. Using library resources or the Internet, report on one company’s positive experience with implementing an ERP system, and on another company’s disappointing experience.
2)Some of examples shown in this chapter are from a traditional ERP system, SAP. Consider some smaller ERP systems. Look on the internet at Business One by SAP, and an additional smaller system such as Pronto software or Exact software. Compare two of the systems, and list the similarities between the module-type offerings. Are there any clear differences between them?
3)Visit CIO magazine’s Web site,www.cio.com, and conduct a search on ERP. Based on the search results, choose an example of an ERP implementation, and write a memo to your instructor describing the implementation. Discuss ways in which you think the company adopting the ERP system could have improved its implementation.
4) From your university’s electronic library, obtain a copy of the article. “Management Based Critical Success Factors in the Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems,” by Joseph Bradley (International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Volume 9, no. 3, pages 175-200, September 2008). Write a three-page paper on the findings of this study concerning factors critical to the success of an ERP implementation. Choose five factors you think are important, and focus your writing on those five.
5)Research th topic of ERP contracts on the Internet. How could ERP vendors make it easier for customers to understand their licensing models? What could customers do to ensure a contract contains all possible eventualities?