This is a great article from John Colbert @ b-eye.
John calls out a couple of things in comparing the intrinsic value of ERP vs CPM which resonated really well for me.
ERP came to be seen as the bedrock of enterprise IT by handling the functions of tracking and control. With its report extensions, ERP also takes on some reporting and planning functions. Today, the popular view of the key ERP software functions of a company include:
However, that is an incomplete picture of what companies need to do every day and what their systems must help them do. Today’s essential business functions are more extensive:
Check it out - Oh and you can also download a podcast/zunecast of this also. 3986.mp3