If you’re in the market or have previously been in the market for manufacturing planning software, then I’m sure you have all heard one or more of the acronyms in the subject line but what does it all mean?
As leading software providers for SME’s in North America and North East England this is a question we are often asked. Usually we find most businesses are primarily looking for an ERP system but also want the functionality that is predominantly found in MIS systems and MRP systems. But what does all this mean?
What do all these acronyms standard for and what are their differences?
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) generally refers to a software that business implement to help in automating all processes and transaction entry, accounting and billing (Office and Uniflex are prime examples). ERP programs transmitted information instantaneously from the sales order to the production floor to accounting.
An ERP’s primarily purpose is for sharing information across all departments and information becomes easier to come by as all users can get access to and manipulate the information they seek for their purpose. ERP systems are mostly used in manufacturing organizations as each department has its own activity and each department has its own dedicated ERP module(s).
MIS (Management Information System)
MIS (Management Information System) is directly related to producing the reports to an organisation at any level. Data is fed into the system by many end users who do not necessarily need access to the ERP software (have a look at Factory Floor and Capture as an example).
Information shared by an individual is only to the concerned people, whom are not authorized to edit or change them (i.e employee Timesheets and Adjuster Efficiency etc.). Individuals can only use it to view/print in prescribed formats.
MRP (Material Requirements Planning)
MRP (Material Requirements Planning) is a system that controls production and inventory. Some people assume that MRP programs are just a part of an ERP program but this is not always the case. Some MRP programs rely heavily on manual input from their users to create production schedules. Having said this, some specialist software companies have adopted MRP into their ERP software. Please browse our website for more information.
Over the years OnePoint have learned that people do not just want a system to cover one aspect of their business, they want one system that covers everything.
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