Question: Are there any industry standards or best practices regarding how to handle vendor solutions specifically pertaining to conformation to an organization's information architecture standards (data model, data object naming standards, formats, etc.)? Is it reasonable to assume a vendor would alter their product to match our enterprise standards or should we expect that a vendor solution should be treated as a "contained" environment?

Sid Adelman's Answer: It depends on whether you are talking about a software vendor or a consultant. If it's a consultant, they should be following your standards as they help you implement systems. Do not give them a pass (and put it in the contract). If it's a software vendor, there is no chance that they will modify their code to conform to your standards. They have their own data models (we hope), their own naming standards and formats, and it would be unrealistic for you to ask or expect them to conform to your standards.

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