ERP systems were developed based on generic need of various types of organizations, belonging to diverse business segments and further evolved through continuous adding up of new business processes. Consequently, any ERP system now offers numerous functionalities, which overwhelm most of the enterprises, during project implementation. Enterprises are needed to pickup relevant components of the system and set up and align these components to meet their specific business requirement.
What is configuration?
Configuration of an ERP system deals with handling of numerous usage controls, which can be switched off or switched on, so as to balance its functionalities to extant needs. First thing to happen is to install specific modules needed and configuring these modules, as per the scope of the project. Thousands of configuration tables are present, which define how the system should operate, how the data entry screen will look like, how the signals and massages will appear etc.
The above process is extremely complex, particularly for tier 1 vendors like SAP and Oracle. To alleviate this complexity, ERP vendors are creating pre configured modules suitable for a particular business vertical. ERP vendors are also developing automated pre configuration tools such as Orgware from BaaN. SAP has also brought out Accelerated SAP Solution containing industry specific templates which can be tweaked for an individual company.
General Mode of Configuration:
Some configuration choices are irreversible e.g. if negative inventory allowed option is chosen, it can not be reversed at a latter stage. Some configurations are reversible e.g. purchase order quantity may exceed blanket order quantity or not. In some case if a specific choice is not made, configurable function can be switched on or off by default.
Setting up of basic system: Some important activities related to setting up of base system, having impact on all modules, are given below:
Even if a pre-configured package for a specific vertical is chosen, the base configurations as mentioned above is needed to be done with extreme care, during implementation. This base configuration affects all the modules which form part of the implementation.
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