This month's column is written by Lance Hill, vice president of Solution Marketing for webMethods.

For most users, business applications, such as CRM, ERP and SCM, are synonymous with enterprise IT. Simply defined as the combination of functionality and business logic needed to address specific tasks, business applications provide end users with the ability to harness and leverage computing resources to address fundamental business requirements. With business applications playing such a central role in our understanding and use of technology, the fact that the business application is being deconstructed and enhanced simultaneously by two key trends warrants closer attention as these two forces are poised to redefine the business application going forward.

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