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Enterprise Resource Planning Integration

Introduction

Using information systems effectively has become a fundamental requirement for most businesses today. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have become the most significant systems by value that many global companies invest in today so using them effectively has become critically important.

This module focuses on the integration of ERP systems in various business settings. There will be a small amount of background theory in the areas of operations management and finance but this will be provided primarily through the use of e-Learning as pre-reading. Following this the module will combine formal lectures with syndicate exercises and hands-on exercises using a live SAP system.

The aim is to prepare the students for professional work after graduation either as implementers or consultants. In this it supports the general aims of developing students understanding of modern management practices and the role and application of supporting information systems.

Objectives

The academic purpose is to critically evaluate the opportunities and benefits of applying ERP systems against the costs and implementation issues that such systems often bring. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role that functional integration has on business process performance and the selection of appropriate application modules to achieve this.

On completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principle components and concepts of ERP systems and business processes that are supported by these.
  • Use structured methods to evaluate the business opportunities arising from better process integration in various industrial settings.
  • Explain how the various components of advanced ERP systems support business integration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical infrastructure, and information technologies used at the forefront of ERP system design.
  • Evaluate the information needs of a business and identify which components of an ERP system are most significant to meet these.
  • Navigate the SAP environment and explain how shared data supports business processes in a complex information system landscape.
  • Critically evaluate the possible effects that new technologies have had and may have on the development of ERP systems and their successors.
  • Engage with IS and business professionals in evaluating information systems proposals that include ERP integrations.

Contents

  • Fundamentals of business planning and execution systems
  • Business requirements capture
  • Business process modelling
  • Technical infrastructure of ERP systems
  • Master Data and exercises using a live SAP system
  • ERP support for business process integration
  • Integration with other systems (technical and commercial)
  • Financial evaluation of information systems
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

Duration

4.5 days

Method of Assessment

Type of assessment Length % weighting
Computer-based test 90 minutes 15%
Post module assignment 5,000 words 80%
Blog contribution   5%

 

NOTE: The course will provide additional preparation and experience for those students who may wish to enrol on the SAP Solution Architect certification programme supported by WMG. This is an add-on programme and not part of the degree (see the website for details).

The computer-based test is 30 minutes long and the PMA is now no more than 4,000 words.