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Unformatted text preview: VoCla Case Study: Implementation of ERP system Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Maastricht, 11 May 2011 Julian Lübke, Nick Mulder, Thomas Weghofer ID: i604429, i573515, i6023189 Study: IBE, Exchange Course code: EBC2061 Group number: 03 Tutor name: Anant Joshi Writing assignment: Report Introduction: Vocla BV, a bicycle company founded by Björn Vos and Miel Claessens in 1990, considers implementing the use of an Enterprise Resource Planning system to optimize their production and reduce the levels of stock while minimizing the downtime of the production machines. VoCla BV currently operates two production plants, one in China and one in the Netherlands. ERP Optimization SAP and Oracle are specialized in ERP solutions and offer various ERP packages, including Enterprise Asset Management modules. SAP offers the SAP Business Suite as a whole package, where the SAP Service and Asset Management module is the most appropriate for VoCla BV, because it is the module for Enterprise Asset Management. Oracle has the Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (Oracle eAM) for optimizing the production and reducing the levels of stock while minimizing the downtime of the production machines of VoCla BV. The question remaining is which ERP package would improve the performance of VoCla BV the most. Both packages have their advantages and disadvantages; they differ in their structure and flexibility. SAP´s business suite offers a program for four business functions: Financials, Operations, Human Capital and Corporate Services. Oracle offers more applications, but also has its downside, as we will show in the following paragraphs. “Oracle eAM is part of the Oracle E-Business Suite, which is an integrated set of applications that automates business process and delivers reliable information in one place” (Oracle). You are able to implement only one module or the complete package. If VoCla decides to implement the Oracle eAM, there are several benefits. Firstly, they have an integrated workplace management, which effectively measures corporate and commercial real estate performance and helps planning space and allocation. The second benefit is the Lean Maintenance and Quality Compliance, where Oracle eAM helps to balance the production throughout overhead and ensures that all operations run smoothly. Thirdly, the Lifecycle Management, where Oracle eAM improves the return on capital assets by integrating physical with financial aspects and helps support the collaboration between project lifecycle and service lifecycle operations. Obviously, the more modules and applications that are installed, the better the performance measurement and enhancement, but also increasing the costs....
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