By BooYoung Chung, University of Maryland, College Park. Civil Engineering
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Edwards World is ideally suited for small businesses because of its reliable, functionalityrich, web-enabled environment for managing plants, inventories, equipment, finances, and people. com 2007). 1. 1 Structure of an ERP System (Januschkowetz 2001; Schultheis et al. 1992) Most ERP systems now run on a client/server computing architecture. This means that some parts are processed on a server and some by the client, such as on a desktop computer. Those systems are large and complex applications needing powerful servers and PCs.
However, this project was eventually abandoned because of the rigid standardized processes insisted upon by SAP. Most ERP benefits are obtained by standardized processes, but the company needed mass customization because their buyers usually want to change an average of 30-40 options in home design. As a result, if a 31 community had a large amount of customization, the data overflowed. The other reason that the project was abandoned is that the education level of users in the construction industry is relatively low, so easy interfaces are mandatory.
Overly hierarchical organizations ERP systems presume that information will be centrally monitored and that organizations have a well-defined hierarchical structure. Therefore, these systems will not match with organizations of empowerment or with employees as free agents. ERP systems for the construction industry have similar advantages and disadvantages according to the literature (O'connor and Dodd 2000; Shi and Halpin 2003). In particular, construction firms can achieve benefits associated with materials management by using such systems.
An analysis of success and failure factors for ERP systems in engineering and construction firms by BooYoung Chung, University of Maryland, College Park. Civil Engineering