ERP is short for enterprise resource planning.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. ERP software integrates all facets of an operation, including product planning, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing.
ERP software is considered an enterprise application as it is designed to be used by larger businesses and often requires dedicated teams to customize and analyze the data and to handle upgrades and deployment. In contrast, Small business ERP applications are lightweight business management software solutions, customized for the business industry you work in.
Practice management involves decisions, actions and resource allocation to enable the provision of professional services to meet the objectives of the organisation.
Involvement in management is not confined to practice owners and practice managers, but also requires the participation of all persons in the practice. General practitioners, as health professionals, need to learn and apply management knowledge and skills to ensure the best outcomes for their patients and themselves.
Organisational skills are the foundation of good practice management. While management skills have traditionally not taken a high role in medical education, they are essential to ensuring the viability of high quality general practice services. While many individual issues require attention for effective practice management, they can be grouped into areas of financial management, working with people, managing facilities, practice quality and safety and information management.
Logistics management is the governance of supply chain functions.
Logistics management activities typically include inbound and outbound transportation management, fleet management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfillment, logistics network design, inventory management, supply/demand planning, and management of third party logistics services providers.
The logistics function also includes customer service, sourcing and procurement, production planning and scheduling, packaging and assembly.
Logistics management is part of all levels of planning and execution -- strategic, operational and tactical. It is an integrating function, which coordinates all logistics activities, as well as integrates logistics activities with other functions including marketing, sales manufacturing, finance, and information technology.