The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system MIS functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working effectively together and providing a consistent plan for action. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.
As manufacturing transactions are recorded, the financial equivalents are automatically generated for updating the general ledger. This provides a complete audit trail from account totals to source documents, ensures accurate and up to date financial information, and permits tracking of actual versus budgeted expenses. Detailed transaction activity can also be easily accessed on line for answering account inquiries. Since manufacturing transactions automatically update the general ledger, time consuming