Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
It is no surprise that SAP R/3, the most popular packaged ERP application for the enterprise, is the packaged ERP application that most EAI architects and developers will encounter. Architects and developers tend to be pragmatic people. Knowing that most EAI products are driven by the need to move information in and out of packaged applications like SAP R/3, they figure that, unable to break free from having to link into these beasts, they might as well learn to use them to their best advantage.
As with most things, connecting to SAP has an upside and a downside. The upside is that, unlike many packaged applications out there, well-defined and well-tested ...