Abstract

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is designed to be the system of record for operating and managing a business. Growing up out of the Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) world, ERP is also the primary tool manufacturing companies use to plan and schedule the resources needed for day-to-day-operations. Over the last 30 years, ERP has gone from being a system that only the largest manufacturing companies had the capabilities to implement, to a system that has spread to smaller companies and areas outside manufacturing like retail, distribution, healthcare, and government. In the middle of that history is Infor ERP Syteline. Syteline turns 25 in July 2011. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of ERP as we also look at one of the pioneering ERP systems and how both have matured over the years.