12 THE USE OF PACKAGED APPLICATION SOFTWARE

For most business processes, there are now application software packages that can be bought ‘off the shelf’. This chapter discusses some of the issues that the use of such packages raises for data management.

WHAT ARE APPLICATION SOFTWARE PACKAGES?

As stated above, for most business processes there are now application software packages that can be bought ‘off the shelf’. A bought-in financial package can handle sales order processing, purchase order processing, general ledger and much more. A human resources package includes recruitment management, payroll, training management and so on. Many organisations have a strategy of using these ‘off-the-shelf’ application packages wherever possible as this ...

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