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BPR v/s ERP - Part 1

The role of business process re-engineering needs to be recomposed and rebuilt in implementing enterprise resource planning.

"In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists."
― Eric Hoffer

The environment in which any business operates is always driven by external factors. Since these factors change, businesses also need to change to prove their existence and relevance.

In the modern era, technology plays a vital role to help bridge the gap between the changed or new external factors and business operations. Understanding application of any technology to one's business is a key and vital attribute to achieve the larger goal of modernization of business.

Application of any technology will delve between the will help pros and cons of "As-is" and "To-be" processes. Movement from the "As-is" and "To-be" processes will involve business process re-engineering (BPR).

A lever that helps bringing your entire business (including upstream and downstream supply chain units) unit closer with respect to data, performance, relations, etc... is what will help prove any business' existence and relevance. The technology lever that is currently driving transformation across various businesses is enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The role of BPR needs to be recomposed and rebuilt in implementing ERP. Through this blog post I will make an attempt to show the importance of BPR and reiterate - ERP successful implementation depends on BPR. Reengineering processes within organization to big a change in form of ERP is of paramount importance.

Implementing ERP is a lengthy and complex process which has direct and major impact on business processes. Inefficient ERP functioning paralyses day-to-day Business processes. Any implementation would have two certain outcomes:

  • Success
  • Failure

The linkage between the success/failure of any ERP implementation exercise depends on certain key tangible and measurable variables that are driven by BPR. Explanation for the "what" and "how" of these linkages is food for thought and we will discuss them in our next and concluding part.

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