Assessing the Functional and Technical Architecture of Enterprise Resource Planning

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At the most fundamental, foundational level, an ERP system is a system of record, tracking all transactions, activities, and interchanges between and within departments to ensure information accuracy and fidelity across a learning institution (Okunoye, Frolick, Crable, 2006). ERP systems are moving away from being monolithic in scope, focused on the broadest and most common processes to concentrating on specific, highly customizable workflows throughout institutions of higher education. This shift in ERP system design is leading to more agile, responsive ERP system components that can more accurately align to the changing needs of stakeholders throughout learning institutions (Fowler, Gilfillan, 2003). The intent of this analysis is to evaluate how the functional and technical architectures of ERP systems are shifting from being purely functionally-based to supporting roles-based access and use in higher education (Chen, Razi, Tarn, 2009). This is a critical development in the maturation of ERP platforms in higher education as it is allowing for the aligning of student modules…

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