Preface to the Second Edition

The IT landscape looks significantly different today from when we first started work on our book ten years ago. The world is a much more connected place, with computers and the Internet being a big part of many people’s daily lives both at home and at work. This has led to an even greater expectation among users and other stakeholders that systems should be functionally rich and complete, easy to use, robust, scalable, and secure. We feel that the architect has an important role in achieving these goals and are heartened by the fact that this view seems to have gained fairly widespread acceptance among software development professionals and senior business and technology management.

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