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1 Enterprise Systems Organizations are finding benefits from using information systems to coordinate activities and decisions spanning multiple functional areas of entire firms and even entire industries.

2 Business processes and information systems
The systems we have described support flows of work and activities call business process. Business processes refer to the manner in which work is organized, coordinated, and focused to produce a valuable product or service. Eg. The order fulfilment process. Generating and fulfilling an order is a multi-step process involving activities performed by the sales, manufacturing and production, and accounting functions.


4 Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management
Electronic commerce, global competition, and the rise of digital firms have made companies think strategically about their business processes for managing their relationships with customers and suppliers.

5 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Instead of treating customers as exploitable sources of income, business are now viewing them as long-term assets to be nurtured through customer relationship management (CRM). Customer Relationship Management (CRM) focuses on managing all of the ways that a firm deals with its existing and potential new customers.

6 Supply Chain Management
To deliver the product more rapidly to the customer at lower cost, firms are also trying to streamline their business processes for supply chain management. Supply chain management is the close linkage of activities involved in buying, making, and moving a product. The supply chain is a network of facilities for procuring materials, transforming raw materials into intermediate and finished products, and distributing the finished products to customers.

7 Supply chain management.
The major entities in the supply chain use the flow of information to coordinate the activities involved in buying, making, and moving a product.


9 Enterprise Systems A large organization typically has many different kinds of information systems that support different functions, organizational levels, and business processes. Many organizations are also building enterprise systems, also known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, to provide firm wide integration.

10 Enterprise systems. Enterprise systems can integrate the key business processes of an entire firm into a single software system that allows information to flow seamlessly throughout the organization. These systems may include transactions with customers and vendors.


12 Benefits and Challenges of Enterprise Systems
Enterprise systems promise to integrate the diverse business processes of a firm into a single integrated information architecture but they present major challenges. Benefits of Enterprise Systems Enterprise systems promise to greatly change four dimensions of business:

13 Benefits of Enterprise Systems
Firm Structure and Organization: One Organization Companies can use enterprise systems to support organizational structures that were not previously possible or to create a more disciplined organizational culture. Management: Firm wide Knowledge-based Management Process In addition to automating many essential business transactions, such as taking orders, paying suppliers, or changing employee benefit status, enterprise systems can also improve management reporting and decision making.

14 Benefits of Enterprise Systems
Technology: Unified Platform Enterprise systems promise to provide firms with a single, unified, and all-encompassing information system technology platform and environment. Enterprise systems promise to create a single, integrated repository that gathers data on all the key business processes.

15 Benefits of Enterprise Systems
Business: More Efficient Operations and Customer-driven Business Process Enterprise systems can help create the foundation for a customer-driven or demand organization. By integrating discrete business processes such as sales, production, finance, and logistics, the entire organization can efficiently respond to customer requests for products or information, forecast new products, and build and deliver them as demand requires.

16 The Challenge of Enterprise Systems
Although enterprise systems can improve organizational coordination, efficiency, and decision making, they have proven very difficult to build. Employees must take on new job functions and responsibilities. Enterprise systems require complex pieces of software and large investment of time, money, and expertise.

17 The Challenge of Enterprise Systems
Daunting Implementation: Enterprise systems bring dramatic changes to business. They require not only deep-seated technological changes but also fundamental changes in the way the business operates.

18 The Challenge of Enterprise Systems
High Up-front Cost and Future Benefits The costs of enterprise systems are large, up-front, highly visible, and often politically changed. Although the costs to build the system are obvious, the benefits often cannot be precisely quantified at the beginning of an enterprise project.

19 The Challenge of Enterprise Systems
Inflexibility Enterprise system software tends to be complex and difficult to master, with a worldwide shortage in people with the expertise to install and maintain it. The software is deeply intertwined with corporate business.

20 The Challenge of Enterprise Systems
Realizing Strategic Value Companies may also fail to achieve strategic benefits from enterprise systems if integrating business process processes using the generic models provided by standard ERP software prevents the firm from using unique business processes that had been sources of advantage over competitors.

21 Extended enterprises and industrial network
In some industries, companies are extending their enterprise systems beyond the boundaries of the firm to share information and coordinate business processes with other firms in their industry. Industry networks, which are sometimes called extended enterprises, link together the enterprise systems of firms in an entire industry.

22 Extended enterprises and industrial network
There are two kinds of industrial networks. Vertical industrial networks integrate the operations of the firm with its suppliers and can be used for supply chain management. Horizontal industrial networks link firms across an entire industry including competitors.

23 Next Lecture: 3.1 Organizations and Information Systems
What is the Organization? 3.2 The Changing Role of Information Systems in Organizations Information Technology Infrastructure and Information Technology Services How Information Systems Affect Organizations Implications for the Design and Understanding of Information Systems

24 Next Lecture: 3.3 Managers, Decision Making, and Information Systems
The Role of Managers in Organizations The Process of Decision Making Stage of Decision Making Individual Models of Decision Making Organizational Models of Decision Making

25 Next Lecture: 3.4 Information Systems and Business Strategy
What is a Strategic Information System? Business-Level Strategy and the Value Chain Model Firm-level Strategy and Information Technology Industry-level Strategy and Information Systems: Competitive Forces and Network Economics Using Systems for Competitive Advantage: Management Issues


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