An Integrated Approach to the Design of Enterprise Information Systems 2001-01-3205
The implementation of information systems is a lengthy and expensive process. It is estimated that in average between half and two thirds of the total cost for ERP systems has spent on the implementation stage. However, there is no established implementation model for such systems for manufacturing companies. Software vendors only provide “best practice” software package for companies. However, different companies have different manufacturing strategies due to their market positions. These strategies ultimately result in new functional requirements, design parameters and variables for implementation of an enterprise information system. Both researchers and practitioners have recognised that a methodology is needed to assist manufacturing companies to achieve integration goals during information system implementation. This project presents the result of a company-based research project aiming at the above problem. In principle, information system implementation can be viewed as the process of evolving a design and configuration. This process consists of the decomposing of functional requirements and mapping between the functional requirements derived from the manufacturing strategy and software components. The implementation methodology provides a framework for the implementation of enterprise information system to meet the requirements of the company's manufacturing strategy. An integration implementation approach should be adapted to assist manufacturing companies to achieve integration goals during the system implementation.