ERP (enterprise resource planning) is an integrated approach that integrates the activities performed by different departments of an organization in a similar manner. ERP technology has greatly improved organizations’ entire performance for data-integration. In addition, the ERP technology has made it easy to retrieve data and information from a centralized database. It has also made it possible to create new business processes for dealing with the daily activities of organizations.
ERP systems are now being used in large-scale industries and government departments. These systems have made businesses and organizations very productive by enabling them to provide their employees with the latest up-to-date tools to run their operations more efficiently. ERP technology provides organizations with data security. With the introduction of desktop ERP systems in the mid 90’s desktop ERP has become a necessity for all types of organizations. ERP helps in data integration, data security, work scheduling and development of balanced scorecards.
There are two versions of ERP systems, namely, desktop and web-based ERP. Both these systems have many similarities and differences. While the desktop version needs to be installed on the client computers to the web-based version can be accessed from any location as long as there is an internet connection. The Ruby language can be used for both the versions of ERP; however, ruby on rails is the most widely used language for creating ERP software in Ruby on Rails. This language is very easy to learn and has a very strong scripting support, which allows for very dynamic and interactive applications that can be easily maintained and supported over a period of time.
ERP systems are made of many components. Back-end ERP is the part that provides back-up, accounting and other related services. Some of the common back-end ERP technologies are ERP software, accounting software, procuring/buying process management tool, human resource management tool etc. Web-based back-end ERP technology is gaining popularity these days due to its ease of usage, flexibility, portability and enhanced functionality.
Some of the best ERP technologies are Spring, Java and MySQL. It is true that ERP has many limitations and it is slower than an application developed in the code. Many small-scale companies do not have the necessary IT infrastructure to run a robust ERP system. In such cases, it is better to use an open source or a client-side database, which is quite flexible and performant.
In most of the cases, a company requires to use only a single type of ERP database. Therefore, it is wise to choose one of the client-side databases for the purpose of implementation of an ERP system. Another reason for adopting a client-side architecture for ERP database systems is that the technologies required for implementing the ERP applications can be kept very simple and thus will require less programming efforts on the part of the company using this approach.
In case of enterprise-wide databases, companies usually use Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM Lotus Notes. The technological limitation with regards to ERP software is that it requires a large amount of memory and hardware architecture. On the other hand, the most important technologies for ERP database systems are Java and MySQL. While Oracle database
platform and without changes. There are two types of database technologies available in the market: web based ones and native or stand-alone architectures. The former can be run on any web server and browser, and the latter are mostly run on a Windows server by providing an interface to a SQL database through HTTP or SOAP. Both types of technologies are quite similar in terms of their performance characteristics and cost. However, web-based technologies are easier to use and are becoming more popular day by day. Native architecture on the other hand is quite expensive as compared to the other technologies and is the best option for large organizations.