Feral Systems: The Likely Effects on Business Analytics Functions in an Enterprise Resource Planning System Environment

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Title Feral Systems: The Likely Effects on Business Analytics Functions in an Enterprise Resource Planning System Environment
Author Kerr, Don; Houghton, Luke
Publication Title 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor Canterbury University
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Christchurch
Publisher Canterbury University
Abstract This paper looks at a case study of an Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) implementation in a geographically dispersed utility company and the approach by middle management to several problems perceived by them to be problematic. Their approach was to develop systems outside the implemented ERP. These are referred to as feral systems and the implication of these in terms of effective business analytics (BA) are discussed. The paper contends that despite the extremely effective databases and sophisticated modules for business analytic functions within most ERP's, middle managers are still in the “just in case of an incident” mode of inventory management and data entered in their own feral systems may be significantly different to the inventory levels recorded in the main ERP. The implications to accurate forecasts from BA modules are also discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.bsec.canterbury.ac.nz/acis2008/index.html
Conference name Australasian Conference of Information Systems
Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Date From 2008-12-02
Date To 2008-12-06
Date Accessioned 2009-06-16
Date Available 2010-08-16T06:48:52Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Information Systems Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1a

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