What is Enterprise-Grade?

What is Enterprise-Grade?

Many startup companies position their products and services as “enterprise-grade,” meaning they are built to satisfy the demands of large organizations, not individual users. These startup companies generally position their products within the prospect’s business units where there is an ongoing conflict with central IT. The business units want speed and agility while central IT wants risk mitigation and compliance. Whether a traditional solution or a new product, below is an attempt to separate the marketing term enterprise-grade from the characteristics of enterprise-grade.

  1. Accessibility – Access to system through different devices with multiple language functionality.
  2. Availability – Product is available whenever needed and highly reliability.
  3. Documenting – Existing documentation and knowledge base exists for users, developers, etc.
  4. Extensibility – Functionality can be added or modified without impacting existing performance.
  5. Interoperability – Product can interface and share data with other internal and external systems.
  6. Leveragability – Product/system data, logic and resources are accessible to other systems and people.
  7. Manageability – Health and performance of product can be both managed and monitored.
  8. Popularity – Industry support and talent pool available to maintain product.
  9. Portability – Product can run on multiple hardware and operating system configurations; not job/political bet.
  10. Productivity – Product is easy to use and adopt and not overlooked for consumer-grade services.
  11. Reliability – Product is highly reliable and has consistently strong performance.
  12. Reporting – Product integrates with company’s existing compliance and governance framework.
  13. Scalability – Product’s performance and quality does not suffer with increased workloads.
  14. Security – Product has ability to allow data and functional access to some users and deny them to others.
  15. Sharing – Product has ability to maintain control of content after it leaves firewall (data rights management).

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