What is ERP?
ERP stands for “enterprise resource planning”.
The definition of enterprise resource planning is an
integrated software solution used to manage a
company’s resources. ERP systems integrate all
business management functions, including planning,
inventory/materials management, engineering, order
processing, manufacturing, purchasing, accounting
and finance, human resources, and more.
Why implement an ERP system?
ERP software integrates all departments and
functions across a company onto a single computer
system that can serve all those different
departments' particular needs. ERP combines
finance, HR, manufacturing and distribution all
together into a single, integrated software program
that runs off a single database so that the various
departments can more easily share information and
communicate with each other. This integrated
approach can have a tremendous payback provided the
software is installed and used correctly.
What are the benefits of an ERP System?
The benefits derived from ERP can far outweigh the
costs of the system, providing that the system is
selected carefully and is appropriate for your
company from a feature, cost, and technology
standpoint. Some of the benefits realized are:
- A single integrated system
- Streamlining processes and workflows
- Reduce redundant data entry and processes
- Establish uniform processes that are based on
recognized best business practices
- Information sharing across departments
- Improved access to information
- Improved workflow and efficiency
- Improved customer satisfaction based on improved
on-time delivery, increased quality, shortened
- Reduced inventory costs resulting from better
planning, tracking and forecasting of requirements
- Turn collections faster based on better
visibility into accounts and fewer billing and/or
- Decrease in vendor pricing by taking better
advantage of quantity breaks and tracking vendor
- Track actual costs of activities and perform
activity based costing
- Provide a consolidated picture of sales,
inventory and receivables
An ERP system provides the solid operational
backbone manufacturers and distributors need to
improve the volume of production and fulfillment of
orders while reducing costs. By optimizing
your manufacturing and distribution operations with
ERP, you'll also be able to focus on new business
Why should I choose Series 21 Applications for my
The four main reasons to choose Series21
- Software Functionality - superb user friendly
functionality to meet all your business process
- Technology platform - ensures the security and
integrity of enterprise data while providing the
lowest total cost of ownership
- Proven Implementation Control - with the
Methodology (RIM) you are ensured an expeditious
and successful implementation
- Industry Knowledge and Expertise - Mosaic's
resources have real world experience in the
manufacturing and distribution industries
MRBS offers the functionality, technology platform,
industry knowledge and implementation expertise to
help you realize the full benefits of an ERP
What are the supported platforms for Series21
Series21 Applications are IBM Server Proven and run
on any networked hardware using Microsoft Operating
System, UNIX or Linux Operating System and SQL
Server or Oracle Data Base Server as well as the
IBM iSeries and AS/400 Advanced Midrange Computers.
These platforms are the most flexible, stable,
secure, and evolving suite of computers available.
As the IBM i5 Series evolves to include multiple
operating environments, MRBS will support the other
operating systems like UNIX, Linux, Windows and AIX
on the i5 Series.
Find out why the iSeries is the right platform for
your growing business.
How does the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the
iSeries compare with other platforms?
The five-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is 90+%
greater for Unix servers and Standard Intel
Architecture Servers (SIAS) than for the IBM eServer
See this IDC study.
What is the timeline to implement the Series21
The time to implement can be affected by many
factors including customizations, process
re-engineering, customer resource time and
availability, and testing. However, many of
our customers implement the Series21 Applications in
less than 90 days.
What kind of training do you offer?
Training is conducted on a Just-In-Time basis to
minimize the time span between training and
application of training to daily tasks.
Training is done on-site and in the same environment
that will be used once the ERP system goes live.
This helps to re-enforce the knowledge transfer and
practical use after "Go Live".
What is the cost to implement the Series21
The cost of the Series21 Applications is based on
the number modules that are licensed with the base
system. While we cannot post actual figures on
our web site, we are proud to say that we offer a
solution that meets the criteria of most budgets:
our software is affordable to small and mid-sized
businesses. The industry average cost for an
ERP implementation can be as much as two to three
times the cost of the software. The cost of
implementing the Series21 Applications are a
fraction of the cost of the system.
How do you license your software?
Like all ERP software, Series21 Applications are
licensed, not sold. Unlike other ERP software,
Series21 Applications are licensed and installed on
a "per processor" basis as well as a "per seat"
basis, meaning that the number of concurrent users
which can access the system is unlimited or based on
concurrent users depending on the operating system.
This is an advantage to the growing enterprise
because your yearly ERP budget is fixed and not
dependent on the addition of users as your business
The Series21 license requires participation in our
Annual Maintenance program, which provides you with
all product updates as well as access to MRBS
acclaimed support. Your first maintenance
invoice will not be received until 90 days after
installation and is based on a standard of 18% of
Can I purchase individual modules?
Modules can be purchase individually. Some
modules have integrated functionality and must be
Can I purchase source code for Series21
Yes, source code can be purchased for each of the
modules. Modifications to the original source
code will affect the maintenance contract of base
applications. MRBS provides a way for you to
customized your modules without affecting the base
Are Series21 Applications available in a GUI or
MRBS maintains a commitment to dependability and
ease of use of our applications. The character
based mode continues to be the most stable
environment available. MRBS maintains an
ongoing development effort to develop a Graphical
User Interface (GUI) which will be released when it
is proven to be as stable as the current character
based system. For a limited time, new
customers will receive the GUI upgrade as a part of
the license agreement.
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