05/2022 Journal contributions

Bender, Benedict | Bertheau, Clementine | Körppen, Tim | Lauppe, Hannah | Gronau, Norbert

A proposal for future data organization in enterprise systems—an analysis of established database approaches


The digital transformation sets new requirements to all classes of enterprise sys- tems in companies. ERP systems in particular, which represent the dominant class of enterprise systems, are struggling to meet the new requirements at all levels of the architecture. Therefore, there is an urgent need to reconsider the overall architecture of the systems and address the root of the related issues. Given that many restric- tions ERP pose on their adaptability are related to the standardization of data, the database layer of ERP systems is addressed. Since database serve as the foundation for data storage and retrieval, they limit the flexibility of enterprise systems and the chance to adapt to new requirements accordingly. So far, relational databases are widely used. Using a systematic literature approach, recent requirements for ERP systems were identified. Prominent database approaches were assessed against the 23 requirements identified. The results reveal the strengths and weaknesses of recent database approaches. To this end, the results highlight the demand to combine mul- tiple database approaches to fulfill recent business requirements. From a conceptual point of view, this paper supports the idea of federated databases which are interop- erable to fulfill future requirements and support business operation. This research forms the basis for renewal of the current generation of ERP systems and proposes to ERP vendors to use different database concepts in the future.

Category Journal contributions
Authors Bender, Benedict; Bertheau, Clementine; Körppen, Tim; Lauppe, Hannah; Gronau, Norbert
Journal Information Systems and e-Business Management
Date 05/2022
Publisher Springer
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10257-022-00555-6
Keywords Database, Enterprise system, ERP system, Requirements, Problems, Future