Embracing Change By Combining Business Intelligence With A Flexible Information System .

• SAP Business Suite is based on SAP's technology platform called NetWeaver. industryspecific functionality. • SAP Business Suite is a bundle of business applications that provide integration of information and processes.Lego Overview • The world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of toys. which manufactures Lego brand toys. • The company was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. . and scalability. Denmark. • Lego is a family-owned company based in Billund. meaning "play well". Lego needs to keep track of its operations efficiently. collaboration. • The word "lego" is derived from the Danish words "leg godt". • Lego started to uses the SAP business suite system after international expansion.

Q1: Explain the role of the database in SAP's three-tier system .

and thousands of employees. . daily operations. • The crucial role of the database is to work as storage of information system. • The usage of SAP query tool allows you to access data and extract reports generated from the database. the supply chain.• SAP’s business suite is based on a flexible three-tier client-server architecture that can easily be adapted to the new service-oriented architecture (SOA) available in the latest versions of the software. where the relational databases contain tables that store data on Lego’s products.

a client interface-a browser-type graphical user interface (GUI) running on either a laptop.In the first tier. or mobile device-submits users’ requests to the application servers. In turn. these application servers send the processed requests to the database system (the third tier) which consists of one or more relational databases. desktop. The application servers (the second tier in the system) receiver and process clients’ requests. .

Q2: Explain why distributed architectures are flexible .

Therefore they are more flexible in terms of availability to users. • Users from different parts of the world may access the same data. . on corporate intranets or extranets. distributed databases can improve performance at end-user worksites by allowing transactions to be processed on many machines. instead of being limited to one. or on other company networks. • Because they store data across multiple computers.• A distributed database can reside on network servers on the Internet.

Q3: Identify some of the businesses intelligence features included in SAP’s business software suite. .

Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) • Centralized Enterprise Mgmt System. planning and inventory optimization Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) • Enable managers to optimize development process and system. Include Human Capital Mgmt(HCM) application for personnel. administration and development .Supply Chain Management (SCM) • Supply chain monitoring and analysis as well as forecasting.

Q4: What are the main advantages and disadvantages of having multiple databases in a distributed architecture? Explain .

where there may be underlying labor costs that incurs in managing and maintain the network. degradation of availability. therefore duplication of data or the network has to be controlled.Advantage Disadvantag e Sharing ability and availability: Information of an organization can be accessed and distributed from other sites Complexity: If the software doesn’t handle well the data replication. . Performance: Accessing data that is not local gives users a slower performance. therefore a single node or communication failure doesn’t make the data inaccessible. Security: No security in accessing data. Economic: Creating a network of smaller computers with the power of a single large computer makes them cost less and economically flexible. reliability and performance will happen. Costly: Distributed architecture requires high cost for procurement and maintenance. Failure Tolerance: A failure at one site or a failure of communication link still enables the distributed architecture to continue to function without making the entire system to dysfunction. Reliability: Data can be replicated or duplicated to be able to exist on many sites. without affecting operations on other sites. Growth: Ability to add new sites into the network.