2.5. Technology and Application Architecture

Software architecture involves the management of both application functionality and commercial technology change. The kinds of benefits we just mentioned are not the direct result of adoption of a particular technology but involve exploiting the technology in ways that are most effective to realize the business purpose of the system. The simple decision to adopt CORBA or COM+ is not sufficient to guarantee positive business outcomes. One of the key challenges is managing the change in commercial technologies in a manner that supports long-term system life cycles and the ability to extend the system without substantial maintenance as the commercial technology evolves.

Figure 2.12 is an example of the ...

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