The Information Technology (IT) marketplace has a long history of being dominated by proprietary solutions for business, from only a few renowned organizations. Most long standing businesses around the globe have a past which includes a time when their Enterprises were powered by proprietary information technology from less than a handful of vendors. In today’s highly competitive global economy however, both the former and the latter are arguably extinct.

In this paper Mike Lane explores the notion of homogeneous Enterprise information technology environments and how it is fast becoming a legacy of yesteryear, rapidly being replaced by heterogeneous blueprints which are service oriented, demand driven and made up of seamlessly integrated sets of product offerings.