enterprise

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An enterprise is a large, interconnected business that is made of individual units or departments. According to Gartner, some defining characteristics include:

  • The overall business strategy arises from the individual units working together
  • Employees think of themselves as belonging to a larger company than their unit
  • The business is financially connected: underperformance in one unit affects the others
  • Units share some resources (like software tools) between them
  • There are rules and metrics that apply across the entire business

In other words, enterprise is a way of saying "a big company". Institutions like universities are often thought of as being enterprises, too.

Enterprise as anti-pattern

Main article: antipatterns#design_for_silos_or_enterprise

Enterprise standards are often far too complicated, over-engineered and built around the needs of technology vendors like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle etc. rather than based around the needs of individual users.

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