||The surge of Internet has dramatically changed the business models employed by enterprises, which utilize the internet connection to construct the global electronic transaction market places, and remove the limitations of time and space which profoundly reduce the cost of conducting business transactions across national borders. The world is therefore becoming flatter. In order to survive, enterprises need to continuously seek for creativity and opportunity through rapid resource integration with real-time and accurate data analysis to speed up and assist the change management.|
The concept of ERP was proposed since 1990, ERP system has become the essential tools to support the enterprise operations because of its capabilities for real time resources sharing, alerts, providing operational analysis report, and to support the required multi-dimensional information for the purpose of decision making.
However, implementing ERP systems takes a long time and consume huge amount of resources. As a result, budget containment is the top concern when enterprises evaluating solutions providing by consulting firms and vendors. The consultant fees normally account for 60%~70% of the entire project cost for the first implementation. The fees are usually charged by man-day or man-month. As a result, the longer the project duration, the higher the fee charged. Therefore, shorten project durations can reduce the both the costs and time needed to adopt ERP systems.
The purpose of this study is to propose a new way of ERP system implementation,「The ERP Implementation Template Methodology」, to dramatically reduce the time and resrouces needed to implement ERP projects while keeping the quality of the projects at the same time. When implementation costs are reduced to a certain level, Taiwanese small-to-medium enterprises will be able to adopt the international ERP systems as their operational tools more easily.
This study includes a real case in which an enterprise actually utilize the 「ERP Implementation Template Methodology」to implement its system. The result shows that the methodology can reduce the cost and time to 1/2 and 2/3, respectively, comparing to traditional methodologies.
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