The internet of things can be a key enabler of improvements in enterprise resource planning (ERP). Enterprises that produce products of any sorts aspire to shorter product runs, more agility in implementing design changes, faster deliver to market, flexibility in packaging and distribution, better forecasting / supply chain management, improved product traceability and feedback from end users.
However, despite decades of experience with ERP systems many organisations still take orders by emailed pdf which is entered manually into an enterprise resource planning system.
The IoT and ERP
IoT data of use in ERP systems is as varied as the context of application, but may relate to:
- Machine status, faults and their causes.