Making a Graceful Transition to a Distributed Applications Architecture
If Builders Built Buildings ...
There's the old programmer's cliché about the woodpecker that comes along and destroys civilization. If you're building something as important as a multi-layer application system, success can ultimately depend on how many pages of wisdom we actually borrow from those who build buildings: Utilizing proper supports, while walls and floors are going in, is everything. You have a lot more potential than you might realize to build a robust multi-layer system, regardless of how limited your tools and budget. Building a step at a time, creating proper supporting structures, and thinking it through carefully, can ultimately do more for you than money alone.
About the Author
Scott Robinson is an IT consultant to the U.S. manufacturing, brokerage, healthcare, and biotech industries. He has managed design teams sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, and has worked with academic research groups. He is vice president of development at Quantumetrics, Inc.
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