Towards Platform-Based Enterprise Systems – Conceptualization and Research Directions

  • Carl Simon Heckmann
  • Alexander Maedche
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 150)


Historically different approaches such as tailor-based functional systems, Enterprise Resource Planning or SOA-based systems have been implemented to provide IT-based support for business processes. They all share the tension between standardization and differentiation. Similar trade-offs have been discussed in product development literature proposing modularization and platform-based approaches as a potential solution. Applying these concepts to the context of enterprise systems (ES), this work provides a first conceptualization of platform-based ES (PBES) and suggests possible directions for future research.


Enterprise System Platform Modularization Product Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Simon Heckmann
    • 1
  • Alexander Maedche
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Enterprise SystemsUniversity of MannheimGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Information Systems IV, Business SchoolUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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