ERP solutions such as SAP currently have a three-tier architecture that consists of the database layer, the application layer and the presentation layer. The database layer consists of a central database system containing all of the data in the ECC system. The application layer consists of one of more application servers which contain a set of services used to run the ECC system. The presentation layer contains the software components that make up the SAP graphical user interface. Having a multi-tiered architecture gives companies greater flexibility and allows them to balance the system to distribute the workload. The biggest problem is that IT systems put constraints on a company’s ability to adapt quickly. If there is a change that has to be made, a company may have to re-implement the ERP system and it could take a lot of time to change because it cannot be adjusted quickly. Oracle has developed a new digital platform that is fully integrated which delivers every function in an “as a service” model. It integrates everything from databases, middleware, applications to hardware. Companies would be able to keep the capabilities of their customizations while receiving the advantages of cloud-based technology. The software also runs much faster, which is a benefit to the users. Oracle’s objective to providing this platform is to eliminate the manual labor involved in all of the services that are delivered to the business 1 (Accenture).