ERP Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing ERP and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • S

    Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR)

    Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) is the process reference model used across industries as a supply chain management diagnostic tool.

  • supply chain planning (SCP)

    Supply chain planning (SCP) is the component of supply chain management (SCM) involved with predicting future requirements to balance supply and demand.

  • supply chain sustainability

    Supply chain sustainability (SCS) is a holistic view of supply chain processes and technologies that addresses the environmental, social and legal aspects of a supply chain's components as well as their economic factors.

  • supply chain visibility (SCV)

    Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination.

  • SWIFT FIN message

    SWIFT FIN is a message type (MT) that transmits financial information from one financial institution to another.

  • SYSPRO

    SYSPRO is a vendor that specializes in providing ERP and other integrated business software to midsize manufacturers and distributors.

  • T

    Tagetik

    Tagetik is a software vendor of cloud-based and on-premises applications on a single platform for enterprise performance management.

  • tooling

    Tooling, also known as machine tooling, is the process of acquiring the manufacturing components and machines needed for production. 

  • traceability

    Traceability, in supply chain management, is the ability to identify, track and trace elements of a product or substance as it moves along the supply chain from raw goods to finished products. The concept applies to both the discrete manufacturing industry, which produces products such as automobiles, and to the process manufacturing industry, which includes products such as chemicals.

  • transportation management system (TMS)

    A transportation management system (TMS) is a subset of supply chain management (SCM) that deals with the planning, execution and optimization of the physical movements of goods.

  • treasury management

    Treasury management is the administration of a company’s cash flow as well as the creation and governance of policies and procedures that ensure the company manages risk successfully.

  • two-tier ERP

    Two-tier ERP (enterprise resource planning) is the practice of running two ERP systems at once -- one larger system at the corporate level, and one smaller system at the plant, division, or subsidiary level.

  • U

    upcharge

    An upcharge is an additional fee that is added to a bill after a contract has already been negotiated.

  • V

    value driver

    A value driver is an activity or capability that adds worth to a product, service or brand. One of the key ideas in defining value drivers is determining which factors provide the organization in question with a competitive edge.

  • value stream mapping

    Value stream mapping is a Toyota lean manufacturing visualization tool for documenting all the processes that are required to bring a product to market.

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