UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2016/2017
EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF BUSINESS IN
BUSS 307 ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
FULL TIME/PART TIME/DISTANCE LEARNING
DATE: AUGUST, 2017 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One & ANY OTHER TWO questions.
QUESTION ONE (20 MARKS)
a) Describe five function modules of an ERP. (5 Marks)
b) Should every business invest in an ERP package? Justify your answer. (2 Marks)
c) How has the need for SOX compliance impacted ERP systems? (5 Marks)
d) List the major differences between ERP life cycle and SDLC. (4 Marks)
e) Identify four factors considered when costing an ERP system (4 Marks)
f) Identify four popular ERP software available in the market. (2 Marks)
g) Describe the steps involved in OPM3. (6 Marks)
h) Identify four popular ERP software available in the market (2 Marks)
QUESTION TWO (20 MARKS)
a) Many ERP vendors offer virtualization options for implementation.
i) Describe two common models used for ERP virtualisation implementation.
ii) Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using ERP virtualisation implementation.
iii) Describe the virtualisation solutions offered by Microsoft and Oracle for their ERP
systems. (4 Marks)
QUESTION THREE (20 MARKS)
a) Identify the differences between a transactional and reporting database? (4 Marks)
b) Briefly describe the ethical considerations associated with ERP systems? (6 Marks)
c) In relation to ERP discuss what are third-party products and why are they needed.
QUESTION FOUR (20 MARKS)
a) ERP system architecture is organized in layers or tiers .Three-layer architecture is the
most prevalent today.
i. Identify the layers included (3 Marks)
ii. Describe the role of each layer identified in (a) (9 Marks)
iii. Describe the advantages of having a layer systems architecture (6 Marks)
QUESTION FIVE (20 MARKS)
a) Differentiate between service-oriented architecture and Web services architecture for
ERP systems (8 Marks)
b) Discuss how an organization with an ERP system should plan for a disaster
c) List the major differences between ERP life cycle and SDLC (4 Marks)