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I work with software engineering and in norwegian (I'm from Norway) we have a word, "fagsystem", which refers to a software system/application that is specialized to handle a certain kind of business or professional context. Examples are my best bet to clarify, I guess:

  • A banking back-end system that keeps track of a customers transactions and bank engagement
  • An insurance back-end system that keeps track of a customers insurance premiums
  • An airline booking system
  • ...<

I've tried using translate.google.com but the translations seem a bit funny: "professional system", "task system", "specialized system".

I would be very thankful for any suggestions on how to express this in English.

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There really isn't a single term for this. Marketing divisions love to come up with new terms to describe their exact software package. I would check to see if your competitors are using an English phrase and start from there. –  MrHen Oct 23 '13 at 15:04

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As mentioned in a previous answer, application software may be an appropriate term. The phrase enterprise infrastructure software is not in wide use (so far as I know) but enterprise software is a commonly-used phrase. According to wikipedia, enterprise software (also called enterprise application software or EAS) is purposed-designed computer software used by organizations such as businesses, schools, clubs, retailers, government, etc, as opposed to software used by individuals.

An older term (which may be jargon) is stovepipe systems or stovepipe software, which refers to closed-source vertically-integrated software systems that cannot share information with other applications used in an organization. Most airline reservation software, banking software, defense-program software, and various industrial software systems fell into this category during the early decades of computer use; and some software in those areas still does. This use of the word stovepipe is reflected in the following sense shown in wiktionary:

A channel for body of information which is compartmentalized in such a manner that some parties which might be interested in its use or be able to utilize it are restricted from access to it.

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Thanks for the suggestions. However, I still feel that wordings such as Enterprise Software or Enterprise Application Software still is a bit fuzzy in a context where I'm trying to describe different bits and pieces of a system. 'Everything' can be described as Enterprise Software depending on context. As such it is not explicitly enough to communicate the fact that I'm referring to the businessy, core parts. –  Kenneth Oct 23 '13 at 14:47
    
I agree that enterprise terms are fuzzy or nonspecific, but disagree they apply to “everything”. Many or most enterprise-software-stuff vendors characterize their packages as usable for management of the largest of companies (eg Fortune 500 companies), which is quite different from how ordinary small-business packages for taxes, payroll, and accounts payable or receivable are characterized. –  jwpat7 Oct 23 '13 at 15:24

Various examples,

But what you might be looking for is the grand-daddy of all
ERP = Enterprise resource planning

Alternatively,

Enterprise Resource Planning and Management.

Very general terms that can be used on application of any type of software on a company-wide level

  • Enterprise solution
  • Enterprise system

e.g.,

Representatives from oracle assured us that they have an enterprise solution for our requirements, by packaging various enterprise systems together.

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Generally, Any software that is used for an application is known as Application Software

Application software is all the computer software that causes a computer to perform useful tasks beyond the running of the computer itself...

...Examples include accounting software, enterprise software, graphics software, media players, and office suites...

Application software classification

2.1 Information worker software
2.2 Content access software
2.3 Entertainment software
2.4 Educational software
2.5 Enterprise infrastructure software
2.6 Simulation software
2.7 Media development software
2.8 Product engineering software

Considering your examples,The one you maybe looking for is Enterprise infrastructure software. For general purpose, Application Software is enough.

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Application is a very overloaded (context specific) expression in my opinion, isn't it? –  Kenneth Oct 23 '13 at 14:50
    
not that much, it is not like you are creating OS or other system software, what you are creating is used for a particular application be it banking, booking, accounting, etc.. Hence application software fits perfect and that is what we use in our SRS and if you got to be even more specific enterprise software is what I suggest although that is rarely something I have seen being used in the documentations. –  rps Oct 24 '13 at 4:08

Another possible phrase, if you need to distinguish it from more general applications, might be industry-specific system.

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Not bad, but still kind of fuzzy in my opinion. Until a better alternative comes around however, I've used "core business system" –  Kenneth Oct 23 '13 at 14:49

The adjective "dedicated" might be what you want here. The phrase "a dedicated <...> system" is not uncommon.

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Good suggestion, thanks! –  Kenneth Oct 24 '13 at 8:09

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