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Why Database-agnostic Enterprise Applications Are on the Way Out
Middleware agnosticism is the wave of the future, and the database platform is becoming part of the application. It has therefore become increasingly important

made are linking verbs  Database-agnostic Enterprise Applications Are on the Way Out The shift to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) by many software vendors has changed the focus of application architecture. Although it is a given that it is best to separate an application into layers, the question remains whether the application should be tightly integrated with the database. The traditional approach, known as database agnosticism , allows the user to select an application and a database independently. While this

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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PPM for Professional Services Automation

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects. 

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