The tech world is filled with three-letter acronyms that ebb and flow like tides. The buzz phrase 'enterprise resource planning,' (ERP), first appeared on PowerPoint slides in the 1990s.
Peter Wayner writes in VentureBeat
"It was the latest manifestation at the time of a long drive that began in the 1950s and 60s to use computers to manage corporate resources effectively and profitably.
The acronym seemed to disappear for a few decades after that. Not because the work went away, but just because other topics elbowed ERP out of the limelight. That's changing, though, and today, the letters are starting to appear once again. For instance, Findability, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, announced that they were branding their new product with the name 'ERP-Max' instead of a name that conjures up ideas of machine learning..."