Data Management

Tackle complex reengineering projects -- one bite at a time

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Executive Summary

Developers are rarely charged with creating entirely new "Greenfield" systems. IT projects are typically mired in the accumulated complexities of pre-existing systems. This sample chapter from Eating the IT Elephant: Moving from Greenfield Development to Brownfield looks at the problems that evolving legacy environments pose and offers an approach for understanding and transforming complex systems landscapes.

Title: Eating the IT Elephant: Moving from Greenfield Development to Brownfield
Authors: Richard Hopkins and Kevin Jenkins
Chapter 6: "Abstraction Works Only in a Perfect World"
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-713012-2; Copyright 2008 by IBM Press. Used with permission of the publisher. For more information, please visit the publisher's Web site.

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