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Staying Up-to-Date

The resale value of a new car drops precipitously the moment you drive it off the lot. Even so, a new car can last for years, and in 10 years the new models are not 100 times better. By contrast, the PC you buy today is technologically obsolete by the time you get it installed, and this trend shows no sign of abating.

How do you keep your system up-to-date in this environment? In part, this is the role of architecture in an Internet commerce system. An extensible architecture allows the addition of new components on top of the old ones. A scalable architecture can handle growth smoothly, without disrupting the system for customers. Architecture also provides some guidance on which technology changes make sense and which can be set aside. With this kind of assistance, it becomes much easier to sort through both the hype and the reality of new technologies and new products. Some can contribute to your system; others cannot. In a few years, you may have replaced all the important components of your system, even though the fundamental architecture has not changed much.


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