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Industry 4.0 from the MIS Perspective

Edited By Sevinc Gülseçen, Zerrin Ayvaz Reis, Murat Gezer and Çiğdem Erol

Nowadays, an end-to-end industrial transformation called Industry 4.0 sets new goals for manufacturing and impacts on business outcomes. With some of its characteristic elements such as IoT (Internet of Things), digital twin simulation models, advanced robots, big data analytics, and virtual/augmented reality, Industry 4.0 is «de facto» going further. The book aims to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area of Management Information Systems (MIS) with the scope of Industry 4.0. The strategic role of Industry 4.0 in the distributed business environment and the necessity to protect and properly utilize its key elements at different levels of organizations as well as in society are discussed.

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Toward Industry 4.0: Challenges of ERP Systems for SMEs (Gülay Ekren / Alptekin Erkollar / Birgit Oberer)

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Gülay Ekren*, Alptekin Erkollar and Birgit Oberer

Toward Industry 4.0: Challenges of ERP Systems for SMEs

1.  Introduction

Recent developments in information and communication technologies and extensive implementation of sensors, computer networks and cloud computing have prepared the infrastructure for Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is a research priority for the European Research Council, mainly under the Horizon 2020 program (Bagheri, Yang, Kao & Lee, 2015). Today, many enterprises are hostile as well as skeptical toward technologies and tools coming together with this advanced approach. In this context, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) in Industry 4.0 is a new system providing many opportunities, but also a wide variety of challenges.

An ERP system is an integrated software solution which consists of a range of business processes in a single database, a single application with a unified interface. Using ERP systems can be seen as significant for a future competitive strategy of a company (Ehie & Madsen, 2005). To keep up with Industry 4.0 in a global perspective, large-scale enterprises, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are embarking upon to transfer their traditional systems to ERP systems. Because, ERP systems offer a wide variety of opportunities for increasing productivity, quality, the amount of work produced, overall business performance, as well as several challenges. Nevertheless, ERP systems are one of the solutions for SMEs to face global challenges (Deshmukh, Thampi & Kalamkar, 2015). However, because of their limited resources...

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