COMMONALITY VERSUS VARIABILITY - The Contradictory Nature of Enterprise Systems

Stig Nordheim

Abstract

This position paper argues that there is a major contradiction inherent in Enterprise Systems. The evidence for this contradiction is seen in the meta level concepts of commonality and variability that characterize Enterprise Systems. The inherent contradiction between commonality and variability is discussed in the light of Enterprise Systems’ literature, and the contradiction is elaborated. Then an Enterprise Systems’ vendor perspective on commonality and variability is presented, based on interviews. A challenge of this inherent contradiction is its synthesis, finding the right balance between commonality and variability.

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in Harvard Style

Nordheim S. (2006). COMMONALITY VERSUS VARIABILITY - The Contradictory Nature of Enterprise Systems . In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS, ISBN 978-972-8865-43-6, pages 572-575. DOI: 10.5220/0002469505720575


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iceis06,
author={Stig Nordheim},
title={COMMONALITY VERSUS VARIABILITY - The Contradictory Nature of Enterprise Systems},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,},
year={2006},
pages={572-575},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002469505720575},
isbn={978-972-8865-43-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,
TI - COMMONALITY VERSUS VARIABILITY - The Contradictory Nature of Enterprise Systems
SN - 978-972-8865-43-6
AU - Nordheim S.
PY - 2006
SP - 572
EP - 575
DO - 10.5220/0002469505720575