Well, today most businesses are moving towards adopting ERP and data warehousing systems. They understand how important it is to do so, as it helps their businesses in managing their data, which in turn, gives the company accurate growth. However, it’s good to understand the difference between the two, if you intend to choose between them. Let’s erase any confusion that exists between the two terms, by first tackling their differences.

Enterprise resource planning

The enterprise resource planning can be considered as a system that enables the managers to deliver a business’s applications, in an integrated suite phenomenon. The ERP systems, are designed in a manner that allows them to share certain common processes and also data models, which covers broad and also a deep operational end to end process, which are found in HR, finance, distribution, services, manufacturing, and supply chain.


A data warehouse usually deal with data only. The primary and main function of a data warehouse is to ensure data is brought in from disparate sources, then ensure it is cleaned and then stored in a single and commonplace. Next, it is used analyzing data, integrating and reporting it to other necessary systems.

Summing the two…

We can as well sum by assuming that the enterprise resource planning is made to live or operate on a specific common process. In this case, the system was designed to reduce efforts and cost by adopting the common processes. Unlike ERP, data warehouse receives its value and strength from the flexibility it gives the user in terms of data processing.

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