Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (BCO6603)
“ERP Systems in the Cloud” There has been significant media attention and hype about the potential of cloud technologies. ERP Systems vendors are offering cloud based versions of ERP Systems. SalesForce, Workday and other vendors have developed ERP solutions that are offered solely in the Cloud, while SAP and others have Cloud versions of their existing ERP systems or “bolt on” solutions with additional functionality that is located in the Cloud. Companies are faced with increasing pressure to investigate the potential of these different cloud based offerings. They soon realise that there is a variety of models for cloud based ERP systems, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Management have become aware that you are studying ERP Systems at Victoria University and have given you the task to prepare a research paper on potential cloud offerings, benefits and risks. Discuss the statement above using case study examples (from literature searches) to demonstrate different company’s experiences. Your task is to produce a 3000 – 4000 word research paper which discusses the issues relating to the above. The paper should demonstrate a depth and breadth of reading and should be appropriately referenced. The paper should be referenced using the Harvard referencing standards and formatted according to the approved style guide. You must submit two documents, your assessment declaration and your report to Turnitin. Assessment Declaration: Use the assessment declaration (coversheet) provided on VU Collaborate. Complete all sections including the Title, Assignment number, Student Name and Number and Unit. This document must be uploaded separately to your report to ensure your Turnitin similarity results are not compromised. Your report must include the following: Introduction: Introduction to the topic, a statement of the purpose of the report and a brief description of the report’s structure. Body: Discuss, compare and/or contrast different perspectives and present arguments supporting the purpose of the report. Use relevant business case studies to illustrate key points. All points must be presented with Harvard citations to high quality (journal/book) references that have a corresponding entry in your reference list. Conclusion: A summary of the points you have made in the body of the report. These should match your stated purpose. Reference list: A complete Harvard format reference list. Review the Library style guide for citation and reference list examples http://bit.ly/1jvBd0i.