Information Systems Transformation
Architecture-Driven Modernization Case StudiesBy
- William Ulrich
- Philip Newcomb
Computer and Information Systems Managers responsible for managing application portfolios and information architecture, Enterprise Architects responsible for defining information architecture and setting strategy for achieving that strategy, Computer Software Engineers who research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software and, compilers, Business operations professionals seeking ways to make their organizations more adaptable to changing market demands.
Paperback, 456 Pages
Published: February 2010
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
"Ulrich and Newcomb's book offers a comprehensive examination of the challenges of growing software-intensive systems. Every system has an architecture, but as the authors explain, it is only by continuous, intentional architectural transformation that one can attend to costs while simultaneously creating a mechanism wherein innovation may flourish. I enjoyed the many case studies. Every circumstance is unique, but the authors have offered up best practices for systems modernization from their experience. Their focus on architecture as an artifact for governance is sound, but they go far beyond the technical issues and address many of the social and economic practices that help one evolve a good technical architecture. From the moment one writes a line of code, it becomes legacy, and that legacy accumulates. Whether it becomes a cause of innovation inertia or a source of future value is a factor of how it is continuously modernized." Grady Booch
IBM Fellow & Chief Scientist, Software Engineering in IBM Research
"Estimates by internationally-known researchers of the worldwide legacy code base is now approaching a half-trillion lines. That only counts so-called "legacy languages" like COBOL--which drive the world. Add in database schemas, configuration files, and legacy data and the amount of hidden data adds up. This "dark information," like the dark matter of the universe, is critical to our understanding of our world, we can't simply ignore it. Our best hope is to update it, bring it into modern systems, and keep it alive and vital. Fortunately, nobody knows the modernization landscape better than Ulrich and Newcomb, and this in-depth, practical guide is indispensable to planners & practitioners faced with the legacy modernization challenge. Architecture-driven modernization is the best hope for "bringing back" legacy applications & information so it can be successfully applied & reused, and this book explains how to plan, develop & manage modernization from every angle."
Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, OMG