With increased competition, deregulation, globalization, and mergers & acquisition activity, enterprise software buyers realize that product architecture plays a key role in how quickly vendors can implement, maintain, expand/customize, and integrate their products. Many in the enterprise applications vendors' community recognize that these are unmet realities and are attempting to offer solutions that will deal with them. While it is not practical to look at every strategy and every vendor's nuance, this note looks at some important examples representing distinct strategic approaches.
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processes that are likely emulated by the competition. For differentiation purposes, however, customers must give advantage to vendors that provide strong configuration & development tools and that have sound product interoperability strategies. Thus, the above composite applications are a step further for customers that have long embraced the more open interfaces and improved integration capabilities that the enterprise applications vendors are providing, capabilities also intended for the product