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An ERP System Based on Peer-to-Peer-Networks and Web Services

An ERP System Based on Peer-to-Peer-Networks and Web Services
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Author(s): Jorge Marx Gómez (Technical University of Clausthal, Germany), Oliver Krüger (Technical University of Clausthal, Germany) and Claus Rautenstrauch (Technical University of Clausthal, Germany)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch181
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

As the business world gets more and more dependent on digital technology, including information systems for resource management, even the small- to medium-sized enterprises have to install and maintain complex enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, these are designed as an all-in-one solution, often implementing functionality not needed. Furthermore, ERP systems like SAP depend on very large-scale infrastructures like servers and networking technology, which are very expensive to install and to maintain. Customizing these large-scale systems to the needs of a small- to medium-sized business is nearly as expensive as the customization for a large enterprise and therefore not affordable for these companies. Because of this, in this paper we present a design for a distributed ERP system, which is based on Web Services and peer-to-peer technology. It is easier to install and to maintain and cheaper than the traditional solutions.

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