"Let the vendor do it." Of course! Why should we, the Acme Widget Company, makers of the best widgets in the world, expend our precious, limited resources on building and managing IT infrastructure components? Why don't we buy the IT components we need from vendors that specialize in them? Then we can focus our own internal resources on building better widgets cheaper and faster. Everybody focusing on his or her core business, "sticking to the knitting" as Tom Peters would say.

Of course, this makes a lot of sense when we're talking about a database management system (DBMS) or an accounting application. (There are exceptional cases, even with these.) However, what about something not quite so off-the-shelf, something such as your meta data management system, where a single-vendor solution might not make quite as much sense and a multivendor solution is not straightforward?

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