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What's Wrong with Application Software? It's the Economics
Enterprise architecture is a technology problem, not the business problem. The business problem is time, money, and quality. Focusing on modifications as an

make a mousetrap  very few, software vendors make it from one generation to the next. Can a vendor evolve from their current architecture to next? Evolving means a slower process where incremental changes are made to the existing architecture such that it eventually meets the demands of the next. Again, if history helps us predict the future, most existing vendors will not be able to pull it off. The problem includes the issue of being limited by the past, making it more difficult to truly break through to a new

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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