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ERIC Number: EJ918368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Going with Best-of-Breed
Ramaswami, Rama
Campus Technology, v23 n9 p35-38 May 2010
Back in the 1990s, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems may not have been user-friendly, but what they tried to do was totally reasonable: replace stand-alone systems in various departments--such as finance, logistics, and human resources--with a single integrated software program. The idea was that although each department would still have its own software, everything would be linked together and run off a common database. A user would be able to access and view data from all over the enterprise, from financial records and purchase orders to employee benefits information. Following a wave of ERP system meltdowns, many university CIOs decided to go the best-of-breed route, using integration middleware to tie disparate applications together. Today, best-of-breed is still the most common approach. In this article, the author discusses how ERP integration has become easier than ever--allowing institutions to focus on top-notch, specialized software while bridging the gaps between administrative and academic systems. (Contains 13 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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