ERP:enterprise resource planning

The idea of enterprise resource planning (ERP) is to gather  unique data in real time about all managerial activities  happening in a company.

ERP can be defined as the set of cross organization integrated applications (software products) that covers  the business cycle of a firm (including sales, production, human resources or financial accounting).

It aims at  helping companies to better plan their activity and use their inputs and outputs more effectively.

They belong to the group of integrated systems aiming at connecting and synchronizing all the activities of all different departments of an enterprise.

ERP software and business software are not equivalent. Many businesses use some kind of software for their activities (in  accounting: AccountEdgePro 2012). ERP solutions make all of the latter unnecessary.

An example, a very good friend just told me that it is like the software of a hosting, a website or a blog: you may use joomla, wordpress or blogspot. All of them come with special characteristics (widgets, themes, CSS, etc.) to help your business or yourself  do your activity. Therefore it is important to choose one with all the “functions”, that is to say, one which has already parameterised all your needs so that  you manage all your transactional processes (now intregated and automatised thanks to this IT tool).

Maybe this explanation is not enough… Then, just a few minutes of this video,trust it, one can get an excellent idea about what ERP is:

If you never have experienced what ERP is, find a free demo  by Openbravo, an open software ERP

http://demo2.openbravo.com/openbravo/security/Login_FS.html

Sources:

Kleof site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kleofs-Social-Place/153717744696586

ERP, an anotated bibliography: http://profesores.ie.edu/jmesteves/cais2001.pdf

 

Will Google do it?

Technological companies are in one of the most dynamic sectors. If economists have difficulties predicting what is going to happen in the foreseeable future, the IT sector is even more complicated. Just some examples of companies that were leading their “subsector” only a few years ago:
Mobile industry: Nokia or RIM.
Social media: MySpace, Friendster or Xing.
– And nowadays: Apple!! it seems it is loosing its outstanding position due to the incredible performance of its competitors and other intrinsic problems (lack of technological advances, interoperability and pricing strategy, to name some of them). Shares and profits are falling in the last three quarters of 2012. Only time will tell if they manage to overcome these problems…

Flip side of the coin is Google. Its creativity and innovation are placing it at the very top of the digital world. It is already well-known for its fantastic web-based service, the core of its business: search engine (in constantly progress: eg. new search engine: knowledege graph. By the way, a nice one, on the 28th dec, Google changed and adapted its logo to honour the Spanish engineer, Torres Quevedo), open source, social media (google plus), it has turned to a better design..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And even more attractive, it is really making efforts to entry in the mobile industry: it bought Motorola seven months ago and there are rumours that it will buy T-mobile… Will Google beat Samsung and Apple in this market?

Just in case you are interested, find below an excellent and deeper analysis of Google´s strategy:

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Big Data

Big data es un concepto referido a la posibilidad de utilización de grandes cantidades de información, que puede provenir tanto de la actividad de una empresa como de los particulares, también de los ciudadanos en su relación con la Administración pública, de la actividad en redes sociales, de los estaciones meteorológicas, los cajeros automáticos, la geolocalización de fotos enviadas a la nube o los sensores de tráfico de un ayuntamiento. Todos aquellos datos que los sistemas tradicionales no pueden procesar ni almacenar y mucho menos analizar son los Big Data.  Se definen por sus tres V: gran volumen de datos, velocidad de estos datos y variedad del origen de los mismos.

El valor del Big data radica, por tanto, en el análisis que sea capaz de realizar cada empresa, gobierno, universidades o individuos de los datos disponibles; y en las aplicaciones múltiples que puedan llevarse a cabo en el campo comunicativo y cultural, en el ámbito sociopolítico y el económico.

LÍNEAS DE ESTUDIO
– Enfoques prácticos sobre recogida de grandes masas de datos y sus aplicaciones comunicativas, culturales y sociales.
– Problemas planteados a los derechos individuales:privacidad, intimidad, secreto, olvido.
– Sistemas de inclusión de Big Data en métodos y herramientas en universidades y empresas.
– Utilización en Internet y Redes sociales.
– La Administración Pública, empresas y organismos ante el Big data: transparencia y participación democrática.
– Nuevos aspectos jurídicos provocados por Big data.
– Innovación social: Smart Cities, sanidad, telecomunicaciones y energía ante el Big data.
– Innovación económica: nuevos negocios, nuevas profesiones y nichos de trabajo.