To integrate all aspects of a business' operation into one easy-to-use system, many companies turn to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. ERP refers to the software and tools that businesses can use to process and manage information from all parts of the company. ERP solutions store that information in one database, giving businesses a simplified look at how all their systems are running.

Among the divisions that can be tied together using ERP software are product planning, manufacturing, inventory, sales, marketing, human resources and accounting. ERP takes all the software and applications used to run each of those divisions and converts it to one software program that is standard across each of the departments. The goal is to ensure things are running at optimal efficiency and in sync with each other.