Enterprise Software Applications

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Instead of installing several separate stand-alone business applications to track inventory, generate invoices, or organize customer contacts, many organizations are opting to install enterprise software applications. An enterprise application is a totally integrated system, which is designed to encompass the entire realm of the business's or association's operations. Software can even be used to electronically transfer information directly to the systems used by other businesses.

Stand-alone Software

Traditionally, companies and non-profit organizations would separately purchase and install what they considered the best software package for the tasks to be performed, meaning they might invest in the market-leading accounting software package, while selecting another vendor's inventory control product, in hopes of being able to tie their information together. In many cases, they would have to purchase yet another product just to get the separate applications to "talk" to each other.

The Whole Package

A typical enterprise software application includes several business features such those used for accounting, budgeting, supply chain management, human resources, and storing customer contact information. The different components are set up so they can all assess or share the same database. Keeping the information in one central location gives the company a better view of how it is performing on a corporate-wide basis.

With the increasing popularity of e-commerce, the process of conducting business transactions across the Internet, another advantage of utilizing an enterprise software application is the ability to transmit data across the Web. Furthermore, most of these enterprise software applications contain features that allow them to talk to the databases maintained by vendors or suppliers. In some instances, the software can even be configured to relay and receive information to and from customers.

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