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Enterprise Resource Planning Paperback – Feb 4 2008
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About the Author
Dr. Bret Wagner is associate professor and director of Western Michigan University's Integrated Supply Matrix Management program. Dr. Wagner received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Michigan State University and has published a number of articles on topics in production planning and scheduling. He has been involved in the integration of ERP software into business curriculum since 1998.
Ellen F. Monk has been teaching Information Systems at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware since 1989. Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Monk worked as a chemical engineer for Engelhard Industries and W. R. Grace and Co.'s Davison Chemical Division. She has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in MIS.
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The teaching experience told Brady and Monk that "teaching SAP application" to business students was not sufficient to make students understand the "concept of ERP". This is the impression for them to write this book. The foundation of ERP are addressed in business process perspectives; and then, mapped to the ERP process. One "BIG" case-study is used to describe the ERP component, with respect to SAP R/3 system. However, the fundamental is not limited to SAP package since extensions are also provided.
The uniqueness of this book is the combination of "O'Leary's book (ISBN 0521791529)" and "Jacobs & Whybark (ISBN 0072400897)". Like "Why ERP? by Jacobs and Whybark", Brady and Monk use a single case study to describe the ERP in "formal format" (not in novel as Why ERP). Like "O'Leary's book", this book gives the fundamental to understand ERP rather than "implementation of specific package".
Unlike "Why ERP", this book is the formal textbook, very easy to read textbook, not a novel. Unlike "O'Leary's book", this book is the explanation of ERP and interaction of business process, instead of implemenation and outline.
Another major advantage of this book is the easy-well-written is in 200 pages. Graduate students or passion-readers may finish it in one night. This book is also good for ERP introduction (1-3 meetings) for any Production/Operation Management classes or Supply Chain Management.
One thing that I'd like to see more is the "reference". While this book is quite comprehensive, the reference are limited to the CIO ([...] instead of many existed publications. I wish the authors would do more research in this area and put additional reference in the context in the next edition.
The kindle edition of this book is just a gigantic PDF file. You're not permitted to read this on anything other than physical kindle devices or tablets. No Web reader, no phones.
Because it's not a true kindle book, every page is basically like reading an image. Trying to increase the font size essentially is like zooming in on a picture of text; it's not reformatted to fix the new font size. Reading this on a 7" tablet is extremely awkward and, frankly, painful. It might be more doable on a full sized iPad or 10" Android tablet. While there were warnings of what type of devices this was supported on, there was no message before purchase that said something like "this is just a garbage pdf file, are you sure you want to waste $75 on this?".
Save yourself the trouble, get the physical book if you have to get this.
I did have some background in manufacturing and supply chain so I was able to gain value from the book. There are great explanations of business processes such as sales forecasting, sales & operations planning, materials resource planning and production scheduling. The authors use an example of a snack bar company that is easy to understand and to follow. Note, however that the book is very focused on how SAP manages information flows. There is virtually no discussion about other ERP applications from vendors such as Oracle or Microsoft. Also, I found the content on finance & accounting to be very brief. And there is no coverage of human resources.
This edition was published in 2001. Since then the authors have published a more updated version which I recommend you review.