Organizations implementing and running ERP systems usually maintain many sets of environments. In this tutorial, we will learn about different ERP environments.
Some of the ERP environments that the company may maintain are as follows:
- Development Environment
- Test Environment
- Staging/Beta Environment
- Production Environment
The configuration is performed in the development environment first by the development team. The setup is copied over to the Test environment where QA Team/Testers perform testing. Once the testing completes the testing cycles, the setup is copied to Staging Environment.
Once the Testing team sign-offs the Testing and QA activities, the setup is rolled out to the Production Environment, where the system is actually used by end-users to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization.
In some companies, other environments are also maintained, for example, Staging Environment/Beta Environment where troubleshooting is performed, and bug fixes/patches are applied and tested first before moving them to production. The staging environment is periodically refreshed with the production data.
The Stage and Production Environment is actually load-balanced. In an environment where numerous users connect, there could be multiple application servers installed, communicating with the backend database servers. The user load is distributed among the various application servers.