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Beware Enterprise Applications

Most companies and organizations are familiar with the problems of custom-coded business applications, such as maintaining financial systems and web applications built in-house once the original developers move on. In contrast, marketing messages from enterprise application vendors such as SAP, Oracle and Documentum─that sell leading enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and enterprise content management systems─are honed to appeal to executives interested in “industry-standard”, “out-of-the-box” and “scaleable” business solutions. However, Linksbridge’s experience is whether an enterprise application really is a better choice than custom coding depends strongly on the size of your organization and your ability to bend business requirements to the enterprise application’s design.

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