The intended audience for this book comes primarily from companies in two categories: Companies that recognize the need for better decision-making processes, enhanced coordination, and greater responsiveness both internally and within their extended supply chain Companies that have installed an enterprise-wide software system and now realize that they need to change their businesses processes to gain major benefits from their investment in software. The people who should read all or part of this book include The executive in charge of the entire business unit (general manager, president, chief executive officer): Read at a minimum Chapters 1, 2, and 3 to understand the basic concepts of ERP and the scope of the project. The preparation of this book to be useful either as selective reading for those who need only specific pieces of information or as a virtual checklist for those who need to know every step. Lastly, while this book does cover every aspect of implementing ERP, it does not tell you every step, every report, or every piece of data required. You will need more than this one book to do the entire project. Our job here has been to give you the working knowledge to know what needs to be done. There are a number of universities that provide the ERP course are also mentioned. Each company will design the details of the project to reflect its business, people, and challenges, but the implementation path described here is for every company.