ERP Suppliers and E-Procurement

Lumbering along with (and slightly behind) these procurement specialist companies are the many ERP suppliers. These giants—SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Baan, J.D. Edwards, and others—have a long history of providing procurement functionality, because purchasing was an integral part of their supply chain modules that have been developed over the years to integrate with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Computerized Maintenance Management (CMM) systems. Not only do ERP suites provide financials (general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.), but they also specialize in automating functions throughout the supply chain (warehouse management, procurement, manufacturing, order processing, etc.), and ...

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