GMS401---M.R.P . =Materials
Requirement Planning (Ch 13)
Origins: early 1960's. IBM had just introduced the first commercial
computers: 1401 for Business and 7090 for ScientificApplications.
Problem at the time would be like a new laptop todayCwithout any
application software, such as MS-Word, Excel Spreadsheets, MS-project
etc, the computer would be completely useless.Alot like being given a
nice power boat but no motor.
M.R.P. was IBM software to use on the new computers of the day to
track and control INVENTORYCa major application that almost every
company has a need for.
M.R.P. was used to control inventory via a computerized system that
would track receipts and issues of materialsBusually for user company
unique production componentsCtires for new cars etc. Later a more
advanced version called M.R.P. II known as Manufacturing Resource
Planning (early 1980's) which also included things such as machining
centres andASR=s (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems).
M.R.P.=s latest iteration is SAPCby a German software companyBex
IBMer=s frustrated by IBM=s refusal to update products that sold well and
were very profitable. The 2 SAP founders left to form their own firm.