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Chapter 8. Building the e-Business Backb... > ERP Architecture and Toolkit Evoluti...

ERP Architecture and Toolkit Evolution

Compared with those of even a decade ago, the ERP solutions that have become routine in corporate life today are pretty amazing. But have no doubt; they're nothing compared with tomorrow's. As a wise person once said, "The road to excellence is always under construction." So too is the ERP solution.

ERP architecture and toolkits are undergoing a fundamental shift. Architecturally, ERP products have become more loosely coupled and engineered for the Web. The old client/server paradigm is no longer viable. SAP and PeopleSoft enjoyed phenomenal growth during much of the 1990s because they foresaw the demand for the client/server model. These companies were behind the Internet curve, unlike Oracle, and that lethargy hurt them, along with a general slowdown in sales as businesses delayed purchasing new software while engineers dealt with potential problems caused by the year 2000 rollover.


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