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Enterprise Technology

The basic definition of 'enterprise computing' is the type of computing that is done in large companies on high-bandwidth networks, as opposed to 'personal' computing, which tends to take place on stand-alone machines. Most enterprise computing is done in large corporations, so the emphasis is on which systems work best with business-to-business (B2B) applications. These B2B applications include programs written for supply chain management, customer relationship management, communications/sales tracking, and project/milestone management.

This form of computing can also be determined by the following characteristics:

  • Large databases with the need to update, analyze, and mine the data constantly.

  • The need for reliability/available/scalability 24 by 7.

  • Large applications.

  • Hundreds or thousands of users.

These requirements are also expressed graphically, as in Figure 1-2.

Figure 1-2 Figure 1-2 Diagram of Enterprise Technology Requirements

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