Webopedia Terms of The Day: Enterprise Application Defined
May 08, 2010, 10:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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.
"Proprietary enterprise applications are usually designed and
deployed in-house by a specialized IT development team within the
organization. However, an enterprise may outsource some or all of
the development of the application, and bring it back in-house for
"Today, using enterprise application service providers (ASP) is
more prevalent. Here, the enterprise application is designed by a
third-party application service provider and leased to the
enterprise, as an on-premise or hosted service. This is also often
referred to software-as-a-service (SaaS) or Web-based applications.
Another trend 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."