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Capturing the Organization Organism: An Outside-In Approach to Enterprise Architecture by John Alexander

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CHAPTER 6

Implications of the New Approach

In the previous chapter we have seen how the components of our EA fit together, and how most mature larger organizations share similar business application systems. For smaller organizations, those functions done by application systems may be manually performed. We have also seen where the major differences lie, namely in the product manufacturing space and the warehousing space. This may give heart to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software companies, who provide some of these common application systems.

However, there is a catch: functionality required is not the same. For example, all organizations may need a customer system, but some organizations need a very function-rich and sophisticated system, ...

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