Oliver Krüger, Jorge Marx Gómez, Claus Rautenstrauch, Daniel Lübke:
»Developing a distributed ERP system based on Peer-to-Peer-Networks and Webservices«

As the business world gets more and more dependent on digital technology, including information systems for resource management, even the small- to medium-sized enterprises have to install and maintain complex enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, these are designed as in all-in-one solution, often im-plementing functionality not needed. Furthermore, ERP systems like SAP are dependent on a very large-scale infrastructure like servers and networking technology, which is very expensive to install and to maintain. Customizing these large-scale systems to the needs of a small- to medium-sized business is nearly as expensive as the customisation for a large enterprise and therefore not affordable for these companies. Because of this, we here present a design for a distributed ERP system, based on webservices and peer-to-peer technology, which is easier to install and to maintain and cheaper than the traditional ones.