Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
The ERP Department works to continually improve the financial and business processes of Broward County Public Schools. “ERP” is a term used in the business world to describe the efforts that help streamline business efforts across an entire organization.
In 2007 we implemented a new SAP computer system to replace the outdated SAP HR/Payroll system, as well as other disparate financial systems that were more than three decades old. As part of our strategic plan, we re-examined and redesigned our existing processes in finance, human resources, payroll, purchasing, inventory and professional development around existing best practices. Using an integrated SAP system allows us to report the use of public funds both transparently and accurately. The seamless manner in which SAP was implemented takes on a far more significant meaning when taken in the context of the financial size of the District and the large number of modules (25) that we implemented.
The ERP Department is focusing on enhancing the system to maximize its potential for proactive online processing of all transactions to eliminate paper. Evidence of this can be seen in the paperless alternatives offered to all employees such as opt out of receiving a printed pay advice/pay stub and direct deposit for mileage and travel reimbursements. In addition, paper was eliminated for forms for hiring, purchase orders for vendors and on-line catalog for items on contract.