Before information can become useful to management and employees alike, it must be converted first from raw data into something more meaningful that can be acted upon. This is where enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems come into the picture. The system is very integrative in the sense that it connects all the dots within an organization for everybody. ERP integrates all the departments and functional areas so that the whole set of data generated will be made into coherent and meaningful whole information useful for making right decisions.
However, ERP systems do not come cheap, these are also difficult to implement. ERP tries to combine and integrate all the threads in a business organization such as the production planning process, purchasing, manufacturing, sales distribution and customer service to also include back-room operations such as accounting and auditing (Edwards & Humphries 145). It is difficult to implement because many usual work processes will have to be changed and the people doing these functions normally resist such changes. Resistance to change is a very natural and expected human reaction because of the uncertainties. Technical changes like the adoption of new ERP system fail to take into account organizational climate (Margulies 86).
PowerIT is an autonomous company with about 200 employees based in Northern England and part of the $4 billion Taiwanese PowerIT Group of Companies. As such, it is allowed much leeway in making local decisions to enhance its competitiveness in the UK and European markets. PowerIT-UK has two main business units namely PowerIT Production and PowerIT Services. The first unit designs and manufactures 30W to 2KW of power supplies and equipment for the conversion and conditioning of AC and DC inputs for applications in networking, communications, financial services and industrial markets. The second unit is geared towards providing