ERP systems now attempt to cover all core functions of an enterprise, regardless of the organization's business or charter. These systems can now be found in non-manufacturing businesses, non-profit organizations and governments ERP system, a software package should have the following traits:
An integrated system that operates in (next to) real time, without relying on periodic batch updates.
A common database that is accessed by all applications, preventing redundant data and multiple data definitions.
A consistent look and feel throughout each module (sales, manufacturing, accounting etc.).
The ability to access the system without specialist integration by the Information System (or IT) department.
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