A Little History
Rocky Smolin, the creator of E-Z-MRP, has made a career out of both writing from
scratch and managing the implementation of proprietary Material Requirements
Planning systems. These systems were very expensive, took a long time to
implement, and required networks of terminals and computers as they integrated
several functional areas of a manufacturing firm. So it took a sizeable company
to afford an MRP system.
Then, with the advent of the personal computer, Rocky began to wonder why one
couldn’t develop an MRP system for small companies. He had this idea that if the
user interface were simplified, the data inputs organized, and the reports that
were generated were easy to run and read, then anyone who could run a small
manufacturing company could implement and run MRP successfully, even if they had
no background in either computers or manufacturing systems.
Since many companies were investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in systems
(which often failed after a couple of years of frustration), the idea was widely
regarded as impractical and unworkable.
Nevertheless, in 1984 the first DOS-based, single-user version of E-Z-MRP was
released. Several hundred users later, in six countries and five languages, the
point had been made.
Any company, no matter how small, from start-up to $20 million and beyond, could
successfully install and run E-Z-MRP. MRP was no longer the province of large
companies. An article that appeared in the November 1993 issue of Managing
Automation magazine summed up nicely the philosophy behind E-Z-MRP (click here to see a reprint of the
In 2004, E-Z-MRP was re-released - this time written in Microsoft’s Access
Database Management System, a component of the popular Microsoft Office Suite –
with full network-ready, multi-user capability.
But its objective is still the same. Combining Microsoft’s proven technology
with E-Z-MRP’s proven approach to MRP success, any company, no matter how small,
can successfully run a professional, full-featured MRP system.
As part of the acquisition in 2013 of E-Z-MRP by Weeks Software Solutions, LLC
of Meridian Idaho. Rocky Smolin has agreed to work closely with Weeks Software
Solutions, LLC to consult on new technology, and to oversee customer
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