Enterprise Resource Planning, otherwise known as ERP, is software that brings together several functions of a system together in order to share information across an entire organization. All ERP systems are made of a shared database that is designed to control and support multiple functions used by different branches within a business or company. This gives employees in all different departments the ability to use the same information for their specific needs.
ERP brings together all the different computer systems within the organization. While each department has its own system for certain tasks, ERP allows those systems to share information with the rest of the company more easily than before. Information is added in real time, and has a capacity larger than the combined ability of individual parts. Using ERP technology can help a corporation share information such as such as inventory, order management, accounting, HR, customer relationship management, link information about production, finance, and distribution.