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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exchanges. This requires open APIs to enable the integration of third-party data reporting and analysis tools as well as other ERP extensions. Instead of the costly, risky move to full componentization, most application vendors have selected a safer approach. They use component-based APIs to construct a faade for their existing application. When done properly, these APIs provide programmatic access to common business objects (e.g., an order, a business partner, a delivery), which are mapped to the