The retail store chain that in 2006 had over 200 'superstores' and in excess of 500 'express' stores within the UK. They have also established a small foothold in the USA, China and several European countries, including France and Sweden. The IS/IT is organised with a CIO at the headquarters. Each SBU has an IT manager who is responsible for implementation and support of IS/IT within the 'centralised framework' also for identifying, justifying, planning and implementing local IS/IT systems. The retail store requires a method that could adequately handle the situation of poor performance by the current systems. The ERP systems could be the best solution when we talk about controlling the information systems across boundaries. The paper will highlight the usage and strategy that could enable the retail store with effective management systems.
Enterprise Resource Planning
If the retail store required a control from the headquarters, ERP could be the most suitable management system to allocate resources and monitor the overall happening in different outlets. The ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), also known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), are applications whose purpose is to coordinate all activities of a business (so-called vertical activities such as production, supply or horizontal, such as marketing, sales forces, management of human resources, etc.) around a single information system (Davenport 2008, pp. 121). The Enterprise Resource Planning usually offers tools and groupware to ensure transversality and flow of information between different departments of the company. The term "ERP" comes from the method name MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) has been used for 70 years for planning and management of industrial production. More than just software, an ERP is a true project requiring full integration of a software tool within an organization and structure, and, therefore, high costs of engineering (Buckhout et al. 2009, pp. 60). On the other hand, its implementation, in the company results in significant changes, in work habits of most employees. Thus, we consider that the cost of the software tool is less than 20% of the total cost of setting up such a system.
Utilization of ERP
Currently, the implementation of the management system, which serves as support for the implementation of management efficiency, has acquired a significant rise in the business, as companies seek to maximize benefits and minimize its costs and usefulness of these systems (ERP), provide the support necessary to achieve the objectives desired. ERP systems provide practical solutions and integral to problems real and completely revolutionize the way we do business of the company, but is also the hecgo that a system like this, or any other similar, cannot be all that is said perfect. Moreover, as if it were, the system by itself is useless if it falls into the sub use either through ignorance, indifference or simply misuse the whole project falls apart. The question then is, if retail store want to implement a system like this? According to the system requirement, to be able to achieve proper management of ...