Can someone tell me, in plain language, what “enterprise” means when used marketing technology products with phrases like “enterprise class?” Does it just mean “for business” or “for a whole bunch of people,” or is there some more subtle meaning?


al o'neill's picture
al o'neill on November 18, 2004 - 21:36 Permalink

Close, “for a whole bunch of money” would be more accurate.

Most enterprise-level products I’ve used seems just add lots of database-integration functions to the main product.

DerekMac's picture
DerekMac on November 19, 2004 - 00:50 Permalink

Simply put, “enterprise class” this means that an app will scale to handle your entire enterprise — a large, profit-driven, diverse business organization usually with more than one location.

Al is right about the database and the money. A small-business solution might use flat files. A “professionsl” solution would use MySQL, while you’d find something heavy-duty and overpriced (like Oracle) in an “enterprise class” solution.

From Dictionary.com:
An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
A business organization.
Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative:

oliver's picture
oliver on November 19, 2004 - 13:03 Permalink

Sings like William Shatner?

Ken's picture
Ken on November 19, 2004 - 15:21 Permalink

Within Nortel there are two product lines: Enterprise and Service Provider.

Here is the official description. It definitely is rooted in the Star Trek lexicon, who wouldn’t want to be the captain of the enterprise?

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Ken on November 19, 2004 - 15:35 Permalink

This french definition is the best:

Ensemble de technologies qui permet aux logiciels d’application d