An ERP SAP Implementation Case Study of the South African Small Medium Enterprise Sectors

  • Oluwasegun Julius Aroba ICT and Society Research Group, Information Systems Department, Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, Durban University of Technology, South Africa and Department of Operations and Quality Management, Faculty of Management Sciences Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Abstract

Purpose This research examines the enterprise resource planning system (ERP) SAP implementation in SMEs. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are challenged by their use of manual working style and operations preparations. Human errors in the preparation and execution of important documents such as financial statements, invoices, purchase orders, and internal sales orders have been overcome by business Intelligence processes that computerize every document, efficiently store, Retrieved, and quickly send or receive copies.

Methodology – This research proposed solution is an ERP theoretical proposed solution and information evaluation pertinent to the investigation of how to continue and monitor the performance of the ERP SAP procurement process in SMEs. This research technique examines difficulties and suggests solutions. It also includes the stages of the procurement process and the benefit of the enterprise resource planning process, use cases and tables were used to represent the findings generated. Other elements contributing to the ERP procurement process are examined, including the challenges and solutions SMEs face. Furthermore, research on enterprise resource procurement and business intelligence (ERPBI) is conducted to gain in-depth knowledge on how the performance of ERP procurement, including ERP SAP, has been monitored in the existence of SMEs.

Findings - ERP implementation and SMEs' outcomes were studied using the explorative approach. To validate the model being created, eight individuals from Business and academia with experience in ERP systems were contacted during the development of the tools. The overall findings offer helpful hints on how organizational and operational elements interact to ensure the successful implementation of ERP. Implementing ERP systems is considered both from the process and organizational learning and knowledge management perspectives.

Practical Implications – ERP companies concentrate more on SMEs due to the near-saturation of ERP adoptions in Large Enterprises (LE). Additionally, many SMEs are implementing ERP systems due to globalization, collaboration, value networks, and the massive information flow between and within SAMEs today. Adoption risks stem from SMEs' limited resources and unique qualities that set them apart from Large Enterprises (LE). This article's primary goal is to highlight the aspect of the ERP in the SME domain that needs further research, suggest future research directions, and give the most recent research findings that could help buyers, suppliers, and SMEs when starting ERP projects. More so, there are advantages to implementing an ERP system successfully. However, there is already evidence of substantial failure risks in ERP implementation projects. The non-technical parts of the implementation project are frequently neglected or given less attention by the project managers, who, instead, concentrate primarily on the technical and financial aspects of the project. Therefore, the study of ERP deployment success is one of the key research topics in ERP systems today.

Research LimitationsThis study contributes to the knowledge of SMEs' ERP intelligence and procurement process implementation.

Author Biography

Oluwasegun Julius Aroba, ICT and Society Research Group, Information Systems Department, Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, Durban University of Technology, South Africa and Department of Operations and Quality Management, Faculty of Management Sciences Durban University of Technology, South Africa

 Oluwasegun. J. Aroba, a Durban University of Technology lecturer, Department of Information Systems. Honorable Research Associate in the Department of Operations and Quality Management. He has a PhD. in Information Technology. A graduate of Information Technology University from the prestigious Coventry University United Kingdom, BSc. Computer Science and Technology (Upper-Class Division) Crawford University whose research inclination focus area are into Wireless Sensor Networks, Hyper-Heuristic, Hybrid-Heuristic, Meta-Analysis, Project Management, Data Science, Machine Learning, SAP Specialist with over decade years of experience in the higher education sector, healthcare industries, government parastatals, a consultant across the globe, a graduate member of IEEE, IITPSA South Africa, Member of IET UK. He has Chaired and Co-Chaired International and National Conferences. He is a global mentor to SMEs and European African, Sisonke Ndaba X, and a seasoned guest speaker. He has a vast collaboration network across Spain, France, Morocco, the USA, the UK, South Africa, and Sweden. oluwaseguna@dut.ac.za, aroseglinks@yahoo.co.uk

Published
2023-06-16
How to Cite
AROBA, Oluwasegun Julius. An ERP SAP Implementation Case Study of the South African Small Medium Enterprise Sectors. International Journal of Computing Sciences Research, [S.l.], v. 7, p. 2196-2211, june 2023. ISSN 2546-115X. Available at: <//stepacademic.net/ijcsr/article/view/434>. Date accessed: 24 july 2024.
Section
Special Issue: IRCCETE 2023