During the past decade, global companies in every industry have made significant investments to upgrade their transaction systems and processes via enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. At the same time, many of these same firms have also invested in developing data warehouses and/or data marts to provide enhanced data aggregation and delivery as well as decision support capabilities. In many cases, these projects were conducted in parallel; however, the design of the ERP solution did not consider or take advantage of the capabilities of the data warehouse.

Consequently, there are numerous companies today that have invested millions of dollars in ERP solutions, yet are frustrated by their inability to obtain aggregated, timely information from these and other transaction systems. The next generation of ERP-related initiatives must address this issue.

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