I saw it in the title of a book.

My guess would be "on an enterprise level", is that correct or does it convey something more than that?

Edit: I can understand what an enterprise is, but why is it used with a definite article and in singular form? Why isn't the book called "Starting and Scaling DevOps in enterprises"? The book is definitely not written about a specific enterprise.

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An "enterprise" is generally a business or other endeavor, especially a money-making endeavor.

In technology, it takes on a specific meaning: the hardware, software, and practices associated with running the IT backbone of a business, especially a large business. This is in contrast to software and practices associated with home users.

edit: "in the enterprise" means in the enterprise environment. There is only one enterprise environment, though there may be many enterprises.

  • Added an edit to reflect on your answer. Sep 27, 2018 at 19:01
  • Thank you for providing more information about the specific phrase. Can this kind of phrasing only be used with the word "enterprise" or in other cases too? Sep 27, 2018 at 19:21
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    There are other cases too. The first example that come to mind is also IT related. Such as "working in the cloud," referring to a cloud environment, not a particular cloud.
    – farnsy
    Sep 27, 2018 at 19:29
  • Yes, indeed. I have seen that example many times, but not the one in my question. Thanks again, I will remember this pattern. Sep 27, 2018 at 19:32

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