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02 Feb

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in Erbil

By: Vareen Azad, Date: 02/02/2019

What are Enterprise Resource Planning?

ERP systems, or Enterprise Systems, are implemented to modernize a company’s information technology, thereby decreasing costs and creating new opportunities, in order to reach an best business performance. It can systematize and link a wide range of processes, such as supply chain management, inventory control, sales support, customer relationship management, accounting, human resources and almost any other data oriented management. Running through different departments and functions, these systems have a large potential effect on both the organization and its performance.

An important difference between ERP systems and other business information technologies is the real-time messaging and sharing of data. During recent years, ERP system has seen a great improvement globally and specially in Kurdistan region through the development web and service provider companies such as StandigTech company who is ready to provide ERP system for any kind of companies such as:

Companies that Integrate financial information:

When the management of the organization tries to understand the company’s overall performance, s/he may find many different versions of the truth. ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot be questioned because everyone is using the same system.

Companies that Incorporate customer order information:

ERP systems can become the place where the customer order lives from the time a customer service representative receives it until the loading dock ships the merchandise and finance sends an invoice. By having this information in one software system companies can keep track of orders more easily, and coordinate manufacturing, inventory and shipping among many different locations simultaneously.

Standing Tech help companies to standardize and speed up manufacturing processes:

There are a lot of manufacturing companies in Kurdistan specially Erbil – those with an appetite for mergers and acquisitions—often find that multiple business units across the company make the same transaction / recording / report using different methods and computer systems. ERP systems come with standard methods for automating some of the steps of a manufacturing process. Also ERP helps the manufacturing process flow more smoothly, and it improves visibility of the order completion process inside the company. That can lead to reduced inventories of the materials used to make products (work-in-progress inventory), and it can help users better plan deliveries to customers, reducing the finished good inventory at the warehouses and shipping docks.

Standing Tech helps in standardizing HR information:

In Erbil, there are a lot of companies with multiple business units, HR may not have a unified, simple method for tracking employees’ time and communicating with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that.

Benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP):

Following are some of the benefits they achieved by implementing the ERP packages for companies in Erbil:

  • ERP gives accounts payable personnel increased control of invoicing and payment processing and thereby boosting their productivity and eliminating their reliance on computer personnel for these operations.
  • More efficient cash collection, material reduction in delay in payments by customers.
  • Better monitoring and quicker resolution of queries.
  • Enables quick response to change in business operations and market conditions.
  • Helps to achieve competitive advantage by improving its business process.
  • Improves supply-demand linkage with remote locations and branches in different countries.
  • Reduce paper documents by providing on-line formats for quickly entering and retrieving information.
  • Improves timeliness of information by permitting posting daily instead of monthly.
  • Greater accuracy of information with detailed content, better presentation, satisfactory for the auditors.
  • Improved cost control.
  • Faster response and follow up on customers.
  • Provides a unified customer database usable by all applications.

References:

  • Willcocks, L. P. and R. Sykes (2000). “The role of the CIO and IT function in ERP.” Communications of the ACM 43(4): 32 -38.
  • O’Leary, D. E. (2000). Enterprise Resource Planning Systems : Systems, Life Cycle, Electronic Commerce, and Risk. UK: Cambridge University Press.
14 Jan

Making money from free

How can companies offering “free” products (e.g., Linux, Netscape) make money from these products? How can other companies compete with these fast-rising standard products?

Free products

Offering free products is type of promotion that motivates buyers to continue in future with that company that provided free products; there are some facts behind this opportunity:

  1. Free products can be tested and used without losing money.
  2. Interest and loyalty: these attitudes can be empowered by free testing.
  3. Population: free products leads to easily publish provider’s name in the market, so that it returns more benefit in long-term investment, and this point can be seen as main point for offering free products because its usual that most companies and organizations working toward their long-term goals.

Free Software

Free software definition is different from other promotional free products or services, also from free trail or demo of software, Free Software Foundation (2010) described free software as: ‘“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price’ and the following concepts of freedoms:

  • “Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program
  • Freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it.
  • Freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies.
  • Freedom 4: The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others”.

From above points, and according to nature of software, free software always came with its source code.

Providing free software can benefit the provider several advantages, it depends on provider’s strategy, how planed to benefit from returns of free software, “All software companies exist to make maximum profits. Therefore, it is common for these corporations to seek out new ways of generating revenues and reducing costs. Increasingly, companies are using open source as a business strategy to achieve both these objectives.”  Sandeep Krishnamurthy (2011, pp.279-280).

Each open software project is behind a community (people who interested in developing that project) so that, maximum people can participate and improve the software.

Free Software can provide profit in more ways:

  1. Advertisements: the publisher website can take benefits from advertisements, for example: Backtrack Linux (http://www.backtrack-linux.org/ https://www.kali.org/).
  2. Hosting: for example: Drupal (Drupal.com) is a free open source content management system, the website place and advertisement for siteground.com and usually developers providing special customizations in drupal package and hosing configuration for bet compatibility with drupal.
  3. Help and Support service: complex free software like Linux require an expert to change and edit the functionality, so that, for using such software with such customization, help and support required from developers.

Another idea is mixing free software with commercial packages; it provides benefits in two ways:

  1. Using open source library for fast development
  2. Getting support from free community, as described above.

Finally, free software also came with some risks like: unsolved bugs and some fake patches from un-trusted sources, the advantages above are for providers not users, users must be carefully understand free software because it’s not came with any guarantee.

References:

  • Free Software Foundation, Inc (2011) Selling Free Software [Online]. Available from: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html (Accessed: 12 November 2011)
  • Free Software Foundation, Inc (2011) What is free software? [Online]. Available from: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html (Accessed: 12 November 2011)
  • John Viega and Bob Fleck (n.d.) Dispelling Myths about the GPL and Free Software [Online]. Available from: http://www.cspri.seas.gwu.edu/oss/cpi_rebuttal.pdf (Accessed: 12 November 2011)
  • Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Scott A. Hissam, and Karim R. Lakhani (2005) Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software [Online]. Available from: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/0262562278.pdf (Accessed: 12 November 2011)
  • Steven Weber (2001) The Political Economy of Open Source Software [Online]. Available from: http://www.gbn.com/articles/pdfs/gbn_open_source.pdf (Accessed: 12 November 2011)
  • Thondom Raughts (2009) Making money with Free Software [Online]. Available from: http://www.thondomraughts.com/2009/03/making-money-with-free-software.html (Accessed: 12 November 2011)