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City-Specific ERP that is flexible
May 04, 2013 Taylor V

Enterprise-wide resource planning has been huge in big companies and has been tried in some cities. City specific ERPs would probably have modules that could collect metrics and allocate municipal resources. The only issue with city ERPs is making them flexible enough for growing / changing cities. ERPs can be rigid, thus making the processes of businesses (in this case, cities) rigid as well. If ERP technology could become more dynamic and flexible, this could really improve the efficiency of cities. All of the different "aspects" of cities could be integrated. City officials could even maybe have a "dashboard" of their city at a glance.

This would also set up the framework for other ideas to build upon. All of the other ideas that involve social media, sensors, machines, etc. could be integrated through a flexible city ERP. Easier said than done, yes, but nonetheless it would be an incredible way to manage all of the raw data all of these other ideas would inevitably create.

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