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A dissertation on the outsourcing Enterprise Resource Planning applications for small and medium sized businesses through the Application Service Provider model.

McKeon, Tony (2001) A dissertation on the outsourcing Enterprise Resource Planning applications for small and medium sized businesses through the Application Service Provider model. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This paper is presented in order to identify if small or medium sized organisations can benefit to the same extent as large companies from the advantages which Enterprise Resource Planning systems bring. The model which many smaller companies maybe attracted to is the Application Service Provider (ASP).
The ASP is a relatively recent development utilising the technology and ubiquity of the Internet to bring ERP systems to all organisations. It is the latest form of outsourcing available to businesses evolving from the bureaux services which began at the dawn of business computing. The same driving forces exist today i.e. skills, infrastructure, cost but the old concerns of reliability, support and data protection remain also.
I will plot the growth of outsourcing business functions through the IT processes and then the development of ERP systems.
I will then look at the factors limiting the growth of ERP in small and medium size businesses leading to the possible answer with the emergence of the ASP model.
My research will investigate if this model can be implemented successfully by SMEs. ERP implementations are notoriously difficult to manage. There is tremendous upheaval in any organisation which attempts the implementation of an ERP system. They demand dedicated teams, massive financial resources and often organisational and business process redesign.
The ASP model of implementing an ERP may prove worthy in terms of the technological aspect but can it help in terms of the business processes and the human factors of the implementation.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Electronic Commerce
Divisions: School of Computing > Graduate Diploma in Electronic Commerce
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 16:46
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 14:07
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/456

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