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Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System
Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results

art submission cover letter example  of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System Originally published - February 13, 2004 Justification of ERP Investments* The expected return on investment provides the cost justification and motivation for investing in ERP. There are quantifiable benefits as well as intangible benefits in the ERP investment decision. The quantifiable benefits have a bottom-line impact on profitability, asset turnover, and a potential effect on stock value. This section discusses the

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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