Enterprise applications are typically designed to interface or integrate with other enterprise applications used within the organization, and to be deployed across a variety of networks (Internet, Intranet and corporate networks) while meeting strict requirements for security and administration management.
That being said, most of our enterprise applications are web-based, meaning they reside on the world wide web, for use by anyone in the enterprise who has been granted access.
Trending in enterprise applications is the move to cloud computing, where the enterprise moves some or its entire infrastructure to the cloud -- a type of Internet-based computing where services are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet as an on-demand service. Some enterprises may also choose a hybrid solution where cloud applications are integrated with on-premise systems.
Some of the more common types of enterprise applications include the following:
- Business Intelligence
- Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
- Call Center and Customer Support
- Content Management Systems (CMS)
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Email Marketing Systems
- Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
- Enterprise Application Search (EAS)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- HR Management
- Messaging and Collaboration Systems
As the business world gets more and more complex, the applications that support an enterprise must make do the exact opposite -- become simpler and easier to use. Users within the enterprise are going to be of all ages and backgrounds, so ease of usability is a must. The user interface must be so intuitive that the user needs very little prior knowledge or training; after all, the premise behind an enterprise application is to simplify the running of the business processes so that decision-making can be improved.