Software run more efficiently. The cons of

Software Package Review

This paper will discuss the 3
types of software packages that PPQ can choose from that will be chosen by our
organization. We will be looking at materials requirements planning(MRP),
enterprise resource planning(ERP), and capacity requirements planning (CRP).

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Materials requirements planning or MRP is a computer
based production planning, scheduling and inventory control system. MRP software
is designed to assist production managers in scheduling and placing orders for
items of dependent demand. Dependent demand items are composed of finished
goods such as raw materials and parts. The amount of inventory needed would depend
on the level of production of the final product. For example, in a plant that
manufactured bicycles, dependent demand inventory items might include aluminum,
tires, seats, and bike chains (Material Requirements Planning (MRP)


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a method of using
computer technology to unite multiple
functions within
an organization such as accounting, inventory control and human resources
across an entire company.  The basis of
ERP is to facilitate information sharing, business planning on an enterprise
wide basis (Enterprise resource planning (ERP) 11).






Capacity requirements planning, or CRP is an
accounting method used to determine the production capacity of a company. The
process that CRP uses is to first assess the production schedule that has been
created by the company. Second, it analyzes the company’s actual production
capacity and weighs the two against each other to see if the schedule can be
completed with the current production capacity (Staff, 2010)



Let’s discuss the pros of
using an ERP system; one of the main pros is that there is one centralized
location for the company’s data. Another benefit of having a single system is
that it brings together multiple aspects of the business, which can help the
business run more efficiently.

The cons of using an ERP system are that the system
can be difficult to customize as well as being complex systems. There is also
ongoing training that is needed for ERP systems that a lot of companies do not
invest in, which can cause issues for the IT department of our organization. There
are two major cons that could be issues if we choose to go with an ERP system.
The first one, is there is often a lack of corporate policy to protect the
integrity of the data. The second one, is most ERP systems can be very
expensive and cost is always a factor for our company. Below
I will list two ERP vendors and their systems that we can choose from: (Mohamed,

Microsoft Dynamics
The Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite has multiple levels and includes an accounting
and finance, HR and CRM tool; also included is an SME ERP platform.

Oracle e-Business Suite
platform, the Oracle e-Business Suite has many elements including a CRM, Financials,
Logistics, Order Management and Warehouse Management Systems



Let’s discuss the pros of
using an CRP system; one of the main pros is that CRP will create more
efficiency for the organization when it comes to the production capacity of the
organization. The cons of CRP are there can be discrepancies between capacity
requirements and the actual production output. These discrepancies can cause
personnel or product shortages which in the long term can affect the company’s
overall outlook. Below I will list two ERP vendors and their systems that we
can choose from:

WorkWise Software
ERP suite which includes planning/CRP as part of their package. With this
package users can plan capacity
and materials requirements, manage production schedules and generate accurate
statistical forecasts. The WorkWise ERP Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP)
application offers real time adjustment of Load and Capacity to resolve
conflicts. This powerful new function allows users to run simulations and use
shop floor scheduling tools to view capacity requirements. (“ERP software
for capacity requirements planning (CRP) | WorkWise, 2017) 




 The IQMS manufacturing scheduling and planning
software modules go beyond  production scheduling. The powerful and
flexible system is updated in real time from events occurring throughout the
supply chain as well as within the manufacturing
software and ERP software system (Manufacturing
scheduling and planning software, n.d.)


            Let’s discuss the cons of using an MRP system; like the
ERP system, one of the cons of the MRP is the system fails to achieve the
desired results; this is mostly due to lack of training and understanding of
the system by managers within the company. A few pros are the system can help
management with the manufacturing side of operations, especially when it comes
to raw materials.  Below I will list two MRP
vendors and their systems that we can choose from:


System is a component of the IQMS Manufacturing Software that accurately and effectively manages all resources and
requirements necessary to meet our organizations manufacturing demands and
maintain inventory levels. Also, the IQMS MRP system manages
requirements for manufactured items and sub-assembly processes internally, it
also manages requirements planning for production at alternate locations and
through third-party vendors as well (Manufacturing scheduling and planning
software, n.d.)




NetSuite Manufacturing
Edition offers an integrated inventory, warehouse management, accounting and financial
management, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), and
e-commerce platform. In addition, the system supports inventory for multiple
locations, assembly management requirements, bill of materials, work order
management, diverse methods of measurement, barcoding procedures, and other
necessary business processes in the manufacturing industry. It can also
integrate shipping processes with mainstream carriers, such as FedEx. (NetSuite
manufacturing software – 2017 Reviews & Pricing)


After review of the available systems I feel that PPQ should incorporate
an ERP into our organization. An ERP encompasses all the aspects that we would
need to ensure efficiency throughout all departments. It would also eliminate the
need to purchase multiple systems since the ERP has the capabilities that we
need in one system. In closing, I feel that the Microsoft Dynamics system would
be a good fit because it has all the necessary components that we would need in
our company.