Production Management Systems should have the ability to support operations as well as accounting, but many systems today, both internally developed and purchased, do not meet this requirement. This paper addresses issues and problems from the perspective of Production Operations and their associated needs and requirements. A major concern of production operations is the maximization of profit which involves the optimization of production and the minimization of the expenses involved. Timely and accurate information provides some of the basis on which management makes decisions related to daily operations and future planning and budgeting. Supporting systems are essential for data gathering and subsequent retrieval for meaningful analysis and decision making.

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