A global possibility ... LO6945

John Zavacki (jzavacki@epix.net)
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 05:47:48 -0400

Replying to LO6906 --

John O'Neill[SMTP:jao@cook.dsto.gov.au] wrote:
>.......it is difficult to change an object-oriented (or any other) =
software system as your business >requirements change.
>Why? What is missing from our software designs?
>I think Marion has provided the answer - the models are missing. If we =
had the models, the underlying >assumptions, and the undrelying problem =
space it would make adaptation of software systems much >simpler (not =
easy and quick necessarily, but much, much simpler than today's =
maintenance >nightmare).

In the case of the missing models, it is of interest to note that it is =
the object-oriented approach of the virtual organization (see Goldman, =
Nagel, and Preiss-Agile Competition and Virtual Organizations) that =
allows it to succeed. Such organizations (IBM's too successful Ambra, =
for example) build models on the fly, replace objects in the model as =
business requirements change and replace the corresponding technology =
objects to keep it all on track. =20

The lack of models is not a theoretic problem, but an implementational =
one. A start-up 0-50MM company may have a well-defined object set with =
which to maintain its virtual model and virtual supply chain, but a =
highly devolved, albeit growing mom and pop shop will have a giant =
amoeba in place of an organization.


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