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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us predict the future, it is very difficult to execute this strategy effectively, and only the most resourceful and/or steadfast vendors are tipped as winners in the long run. As an object case, SAP ''s 3-tier client/server architecture introduced in 1992 provided the fundamental structure upon which client/server enterprise systems enabled information and process integration at the user, application, and data levels. The 3-tier client/server architecture remains a highly-scalable framework which provides