|M.Sc Student||Kerzner Ronit|
|Subject||Assimilation Control - ERP Technion Project|
|Department||Department of Quality Assurance and Reliability||Supervisor||Dr. Meira Itzkovitz|
The term Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is most commonly referred to in the context of commercially available software systems. ERP systems provide an integrated suite of information technology applications that support the operations of an enterprise and are not, as the acronym ERP may seem to imply, limited to planning functions. The activities supported by ERP systems include all core functions of an enterprise, including financial management, human resources management, and operations.
The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is an institution of higher learning in Haifa, Israel. Projected before World War I and opened in 1925, it is the oldest in the country.
The Technion provides most of the technology experts and hi-tech leaders for the Israeli market. It currently comprises 25 academic units with an enrollment of 13,180. Its academic staff of about 600 engages in teaching and mainly in research.
The Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd, an affiliate of the Technion, coordinates all research activities and business - oriented units such as testing laboratories etc.
From April 2003 to January 2004 an ERP system was implemented at the Technion and the R&D Foundation. The project was called "Matmon" (Treasure) -the Technion System for Computerization and Administration - and its time schedule specified 9 months of intensive implementation until the Go-live phase, to be followed by 4 months of system stabilization drawing of conclusions, and a modification process. It was completed on time, but its original budgetary framework was exceeded.
The main goal of the project was replacement of the old information systems, which had been initiated twice before but failed to materialize because of bureaucratic difficulties. This goal was now achieved completely, and during the Go-live phase the old systems were shut down.
The management tool used for the implementation process was the so-called ASAP Roadmap, a detailed and comprehensive plan covering the entire technical area. Such aspects as interfaces, data conversion and authorizations are addressed earlier than in most traditional implementations.
Training must be conducted as an integral part of the ERP project, and the earlier the knowledge transfer occurs in the implementation process, the better the chances for successful ERP adoption."
Training and assimilation are indeed critical elements in a successful project.