ERP SYSTEMS IN THE BRAZILIAN MINING INDUSTRY: A CASE STUDY.

CIM Edmonton 2004
Giorgio De Tomi,
Abstract ERP systems have been widely implemented nowadays in several industries. However, as ERP was originally designed to fit former MRP and MRP II users, mostly in discrete manufacturing, few related research has been focused on Mining industry.

On the other hand, process industry – and the mining industry in particular – presents many peculiar characteristics, which are difficult to comply with ERP systems standard functionalities, and very limited research has been developed covering this industry segment.

The objective of this paper is to identify how ERP systems manage the functional areas of the mining industry, and the perceived benefits they generate to the user companies. It also aims at distinguishing these benefits among effectiveness and efficiency generators, and at estimating their significance to the organization.

This paper positions the mining industry vis-à-vis consolidated and well known IT strategic analysis and aligning models, such as the information intensity matrix, from Porter and Millar, and the strategic grid, from McFarlan.

It also proposes a specific mining-oriented subset of Porter’s industry value chain, particularly in the basic or primary activities area, where this industry is so peculiar.

This paper will use the Case Study methodology, focusing on key mining companies in Brazil.
Keywords: ERP, Management systems, Mineral Value Chain, IT, Mining
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