ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP enhancements include SCM, CRM, and e-commerce features, just to name a few. However, where is this technology going? What does it mean now?
embracing on-line analytical processing (OLAP) which provides CFOs, CEOs, and other decision makers with tools providing high-level, aggregated views of data. Consequently, to meet these needs, ERP vendors have partnered with other vendors or are finding other means to create solutions. As a result, two things are happening. First, the lines between SCM, CRM, and e-commerce, and ERP are being blurred. However, they still remain crucial areas, with their own specific functions and needs. Second, many