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Distribution of ERP System Components and Security Considerations

Distribution of ERP System Components and Security Considerations
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Author(s): Nico Brehm (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany) and Jorge Marx Gomez (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 7
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch128
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

As enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems become more complex the financial expenditures that are connected to the application of such systems dramatically increase. ERP systems consist of many software components which provide specific functionality. However, these ERP systems are designed as an all-in-one solution, often implementing functionality not needed. Furthermore, such ERP systems depend on very large-scale infrastructures like servers and networking technology, which are very expensive to install and to maintain. The new idea is to develop a novel ERP system architecture which facilitates an overall reusability of individual business components (BC) through a shared and NON-monolithic architecture based on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. In this paper we present an architecture approach which uses secure Web Services to wrap ERP components that are provided by a distributed system which appears as an ERP community. This system architecture opens up new vistas for small- and medium sized enterprises that commonly cannot afford the application of conventional ERP systems.

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