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The use of an architecture–centered development process for delivering information technology began with
the introduction of client / server based systems. Early client/server and legacy mainframe applications did not
provide the architectural flexibility needed to meet the changing business requirements of the modern
publishing organization. With the introduction of Object Oriented systems, the need for an architecture–
centered process became a critical success factor. Object reuse, layered system components, data
abstraction, web based user interfaces, CORBA, and rapid development and deployment processes all
provide economic incentives for object technologies. However, adopting the latest object oriented technology,
without an adequate understanding of how this technology fits a specific architecture, risks the creation of an
instant legacy system.
Publishing software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current and future needs of the
business organization. Managing software projects using architecture–centered methodologies must be an
intentional step in the process of deploying information systems – not an accidental by–product of the
software acquisition and integration process.