Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Research Report

“ERP Systems in the Cloud”

There has been significant media attention and hype about the potential of cloud technologies.  Companies are investigating how these technologies can be applied to their ERP Systems requirements.  Companies are presented with a number of options which they need to consider.  These include:

·        On-premise:  This refers to the traditional approach where a company purchases the licences for an ERP systems and then installs it within their company.

·        Hosted ERP System:  This refers to where the company purchases the licences for an ERP systems and then installs it on a third party’s infrastructure (hosted) in the cloud.  This is sometimes referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

·        Cloud ERP System: This refers to an ERP system which is developed to operate purely in a cloud environment.  The company pays a subscription to access the ERP system and shares it with other companies.  This is often referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS).

Companies are faced with increasing pressure to investigate the potential of these different offerings and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Management have become aware that you are studying ERP Systems at Victoria University and have given you the task to prepare a research paper on the different ERP system offerings described above, their benefits and risks. 

In the discussion you should use case study examples (from literature searches) to demonstrate different company’s experiences in reinforcing the different benefits and weaknesses.

Your task is to produce a 3000 word research paper which discusses the issues relating to the above.  The paper should demonstrate a depth and breadth of reading and should be appropriately referenced.  The paper should be referenced using the Harvard referencing standards and formatted according to the approved style guide.

You must submit two documents, your assessment declaration and your report to Turnitin.

Assessment Declaration:         Use the assessment declaration (coversheet) provided on VU Collaborate. Complete all sections including the Title, Assignment number, Student Name and Number and Unit.  This document must be uploaded separately to your report to ensure your Turnitin similarity results are not compromised.

Your report must include the following:

Introduction:        Introduction to the topic, a statement of the purpose of the report and a brief description of the report’s structure.

Body:           Discuss, compare and/or contrast different perspectives and present arguments supporting the purpose of the report. Use relevant business case studies to illustrate key points. All points must be presented with Harvard citations to high quality (journal/book) references that have a corresponding entry in your reference list.

Conclusion:  A summary of the points you have made in the body of the report. These should match your stated purpose.

Reference list:       A complete Harvard format reference list. Review the Library style guide for citation and reference list examples http://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/harvard.

Presentation:        You should include a title page that has your name and the title of your report. Every page should feature a footer that includes your name, student ID, and page number.

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