The software industry is fertile ground for jargon and buzzwords. Given the field evolves at breakneck speed, it’s often hard to keep up. However, today we’re here to talk about a term that has sort of the opposite problem: instead of being the new shiny trend of the week, it is an old, often-considered boring subject. We’re talking about enterprise software.
The goal of enterprise software is to enable the activities of large organizations, supporting a wide range of different user roles. Over the years, this type of software has acquired the reputation of being slow, bloated, and bureaucratic, much like the organizations it’s named after. But in a plot twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, enterprise software is making a resurgence and is suddenly trendy again.
Today’s post features a complete guide on enterprise software. We’ll start by defining the term. Then we’ll explain how enterprise software differs from other types of software. We’ll talk about some of the main examples of enterprise software and wrap up with some advice on how to get the most out of it.
Enterprise Software Fundamentals
Let’s begin by building some foundational knowledge: we’ll define “enterprise software” and explain how it differs from other types of software.
Before going straight to the definition of enterprise software, we need to take a step back and ensure we’re on the same page when it comes to the meaning of “enterprise” itself.
In short, “enterprise” typically refers to large business organizations or ventures, comprising many different roles and activities. A typical enterprise might include things like:
The (non-exhaustive) list above makes abundantly clear that there are many different roles inside a typical enterprise. Keep that in mind while we cover the definition of enterprise software.