Title: Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning vendor evaluation into a proposed ERP selection methodology

Authors: Stavros T. Ponis, Ilias P. Tatsiopoulos, Konstantinos C. Tsitsiriggos, Ioannis T. Christou

Addresses: National Technical University of Athens, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Industrial Management and Operational Research, 157 80 Zografos, Greece. ' National Technical University of Athens, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Industrial Management and Operational Research, 157 80 Zografos, Greece. ' Hellenic Petroleum SA, IT Department, 17th km National Road, Athens, Korinthos, 193 00 Aspropyrgos, Greece. ' Athens Information Technology Center of Excellence for Research and Graduate Education, 19 km Markopoulou Avenue, PO Box 68, Paiania 19002, Greece

Abstract: This study pinpoints the absence of any literature on the vendor|s process of analysing, designing, developing and delivering the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and identifies the need for a selection methodology that includes a targeted set of criteria covering these areas. We aim to address this issue by defining the term ERP Supply Chain, describing its core processes and by proposing ERP selection methodology that takes into account its main characteristics, thus providing a holistic approach and increasing ERP selection process| efficiency. In doing so, the basic steps of the methodology are presented followed by a set of selection criteria categorised within the three stages of the selection process and interrelated with the specific steps of ERP vendor|s supply chain. In addition, in order to support our arguments and present a more applicable view of the proposed methodology, a case study from the Greek Gas and Oil industry is briefly presented.

Keywords: ERP systems; ERP supply chain; ERP selection methodology; ERP selection criteria; enterprise resource planning; vendor evaluation; Greece; oil industry; gas industry; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISM.2007.013369

International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, 2007 Vol.3 No.4, pp.364 - 384

Available online: 23 Apr 2007 *

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