|| WHAT IS AND
WHAT IS NOT ERP
WHAT IS ERP?
Enterprise resource planning software,
or ERP, attempts to integrate all departments and functions
across a company onto a single computer system that
can serve all those different departments' particular
That is a tall order, building a single software program
that serves the needs of people in finance as well as
it does the people in human resources and in the warehouse.
Each of those departments typically has its own computer
system optimised for the particular ways that the department
does its work. But ERP combines them all together into
a single, integrated software program that runs off
a single database so that the various departments can
more easily share information and communicate with each
other. That integrated approach can have a tremendous
payback if companies install the software correctly.
Take a customer order, for example. Typically, when
a customer places an order, that order begins a mostly
paper-based journey from in-basket to in-basket around
the company, often being keyed and rekeyed into different
departments' computer systems along the way. All that
lounging around in in-baskets causes delays and lost
orders, and all the keying into different computer systems
invites errors. Meanwhile, no one in the company truly
knows what the status of the order is at any given point
because there is no way for the finance department,
for example, to get into the warehouse's computer system
to see whether the item has been shipped. "You'll
have to call the warehouse" is the familiar refrain
heard by frustrated customers.
ERP vanquishes the old standalone computer systems in
finance, HR, manufacturing and the warehouse, and replaces
them with a single unified software program divided
into software modules that roughly approximate the old
standalone systems. Finance, manufacturing and the warehouse
all still get their own software, except now the software
is linked together so that someone in finance can look
into the warehouse software to see if an order has been
shipped. Most vendors' ERP software is flexible enough
that you can install some modules without buying the
whole package. Many companies, for example, will just
install an ERP finance or HR module and leave the rest
of the functions for another day.
HOW CAN ERP IMPROVE
A COMPANY'S BUSINESS PERFORMANCE?
ERP's best hope for demonstrating
value is as a sort of battering ram for improving the
way your company takes a customer order and processes
it into an invoice and revenue-otherwise known as the
order fulfilment process. That is why ERP is often
referred to as back-office software. It doesn't handle
the up-front selling process (although most ERP vendors
have recently developed CRM software to do this); rather,
ERP takes a customer order and provides a software road
map for automating the different steps along the path
to fulfilling it. When a customer service representative
enters a customer order into an ERP system, he has all
the information necessary to complete the order (the
customer's credit rating and order history from the
finance module, the company's inventory levels from
the warehouse module and the shipping dock's trucking
schedule from the logistics module, for example).
People in these different departments all see the same
information and can update it. When one department finishes
with the order it is automatically routed via the ERP
system to the next department. To find out where the
order is at any point, you need only log in to the ERP
system and track it down. With luck, the order process
moves like a bolt of lightning through the organization,
and customers get their orders faster and with fewer
errors than before. ERP can apply that same magic to
the other major business processes, such as employee
benefits or financial reporting.
That, at least, is the dream of ERP.
Reality sometimes differs, because it is not only ERP,
but also people that work with it. People don't like
to change, and ERP asks them to change how they do their
jobs. That is why the value of ERP is so hard to pin
down. The software is less important than the changes
companies make in the ways they do business. If you
use ERP to improve the ways your people take orders,
manufacture goods, ship them and bill for them, you
will see value from the software. If you simply install
the software without changing the ways people do their
jobs, you may not see any value at all-indeed, the new
software could slow you down by simply replacing the
old software that everyone knew with new software that
no one does.
WHAT WILL ERP FIX
IN MY BUSINESS?
There are five major reasons why companies
Integrate financial information-As the CEO tries to
understand the company's overall performance, he may
find many different versions of the truth. Finance has
its own set of revenue numbers, sales has another version,
and the different business units may each have their
own version of how much they contributed to revenues.
ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot
be questioned because everyone is using the same system.
Integrate customer order information-ERP systems can
become the place where the customer order lives from
the time a customer service representative receives
it until the loading dock ships the merchandise and
finance sends an invoice. By having this information
in one software system, rather than scattered among
many different systems that can't communicate with one
another, companies can keep track of orders more easily,
and coordinate manufacturing, inventory and shipping
among many different locations at the same time.
Standardize and speed up manufacturing processes-Manufacturing
companies-especially those with an appetite for mergers
and acquisitions-often find that multiple business units
across the company make the same widget using different
methods and computer systems. ERP systems come with
standard methods for automating some of the steps of
a manufacturing process. Standardizing those processes
and using a single, integrated computer system can save
time, increase productivity and reduce head count.
Reduce inventory-ERP helps the manufacturing process
flow more smoothly, and it improves visibility of the
order fulfilment process inside the company. That can
lead to reduced inventories of the stuff used to make
products (work-in-progress inventory), and it can help
users better plan deliveries to customers, reducing
the finished good inventory at the warehouses and shipping
docks. To really improve the flow of your supply chain,
you need supply chain software, but ERP helps too.
Standardize HR information-Especially in companies with
multiple business units, HR may not have a unified,
simple method for tracking employees' time and communicating
with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that.
In the race to fix these problems, companies often lose
sight of the fact that ERP packages are nothing more
than generic representations of the ways a typical company
does business. While most packages are exhaustively
comprehensive, each industry has its quirks that make
it unique. Most ERP systems were designed to be used
by discrete manufacturing companies (that make physical
things that can be counted), which immediately left
all the process manufacturers (oil, chemical and utility
companies that measure their products by flow rather
than individual units) out in the cold. Each of these
industries has struggled with the different ERP vendors
to modify core ERP programs to their needs.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE
1. Training - workers have to
learn how to operate with the new software interface
2. Integration and testing - testing the links
between ERP packages and other corporate software links.
3. Customisation - an actual customisation of
the core ERP software itself happens when the ERP software
can't handle one of your business processes and you
decide to mess with the software to make it do what
4. Data conversion - which means to move corporate
information, such as customer and supplier records,
product design data and the like, from old systems to
new ERP homes.
5. Data analysis - often, the data from the ERP
system must be combined with data from external systems
for analysis purposes.
|| ATLANTIS ERP
ATLANTIS ERP - Integrated business information system
to support your company's competitiveness
In today's demanding and fast changing business environment,
the installation of an IT system constitutes a strategic
decision. Conducting business is an ever-increasing
challenge. Enterprises need the best available solid
information systems that will support all areas of business
with flexibility and integrity, that will strengthen
their organizational foundations and enhance company's
competitiveness and long term progress.
ATLANTIS, a modern ERP system, meets the high requirements
of large enterprises, decentralized companies, groups
of companies and multinational businesses. It incorporates
UNISOFT experience having implemented thousands of
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facilitates business processes as it maps changes to
the system and supports the organizational structure
of the company.
With business information available across all operations
and full support of company-to-company communication,
ATLANTIS gives you insight into your business needs.
It also helps you increase employee competency at all
levels as it provides the necessary tools for timely
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system, providing extensive access to up-to-date information
for all your business operations.
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technologies with modern methodologies of system design
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accessing information resources, data transfer and interchange
to support your company's communication needs.
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solution, yet flexible and fully configurable to adjust
to your own business process and allow your company
to reach its full potential.
Based on the innovative ROADS technology developed by
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system (client-server, 3-tier or multi-tier) that fully
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As an open architecture system, ATLANTIS fully adjusts
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functionality to meet your own particular needs. Furthermore,
it may be configured to reflect business relationships
between multiple sites and support company to company
communication of any type.
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covering individual, diverse market demands, as today's
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approaches and practices. The unlimited capability of
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With appropriate information available on line, your
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in line with the company's progress to meet any needs
as they arise.
ATLANTIS, with its ergonomic and friendly user interface
enables users to perform a wide range of operations
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forms to their personal preference, using the built-in
You may choose user interface that suits your business
and end users, simplify routine tasks and secure efficient
ATLANTIS improves user competence and enhances the overall
business performance with desktop connectivity and communication
with third-party applications
ATLANTIS manages safely enormous volumes of data and
at the same time supports multi -user operations. Furthermore,
it employs a powerful, advanced security system for
total user access control to files, functions, utilities
ATLANTIS applications are multi-lingual, multi-currency
and multi-company. They comply with local tax legislation
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ATLANTIS IN YOUR
Based on UNISOFT 's extensive know-how and experience
with thousands of installations, ATLANTIS streamlines
the entire business process, as complicated as it may
be, flexibly but reliably and provides an easy, step-by-step
transition to the new system. Therefore, ATLANTIS is
the ideal system-tool for commercial and manufacturing
" with increased organizational and information
" with special needs in automatic information processing
and communication such as data exchange between companies,
subsidiaries, branches, trade networks, mobile users
ATLANTIS will cover multiple sites, multinational operations
comprehensively and efficiently. It will integrate all
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reporting and decision support in your company.
ATLANTIS open architecture allows on line connection
- using advanced communication means and technologies
- of an unlimited number of users and branches, ensuring
fast and reliable data interchange.
ATLANTIS communication capabilities can be further expanded
with custom systems, which allow direct information
access via Internet, using an ordinary Web browser.
Moreover, ATLANTIS connected to custom applications
supports electronic business-to-business and business-to-consumer
ATLANTIS: A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT
ATLANTIS is an integrated business intelligence system
that together with its unparalleled built-in capabilities
and top-quality support services ensures the maximum
return on your business investment for the ERP system.
Major benefits to your company include time and resource
saving, minimization of the danger of valuable data
losses due to system breakdown and optimisation of the
use of peripheral hardware and WAN networks.
Enterprise procedures related to data query and migration
are fully adjusted to your unique needs, without geographic
restrictions. All data can be efficiently interchanged,
internally and externally (Internet, Intranet, E-mail,
EDI, and Electronic Commerce) in order to speed up and
ATLANTIS adapts quickly and flexibly to your organization
structure. Shaped to your requirements, it improves
the workflow and supports complicated operations without
With unlimited capabilities for company's data utilization
(e.g. data mining), it supports substantially the decision-making
process at any level. It provides consistency and visibility
across your entire operations, helps you improve your
customer service and meet your company's demands as