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Architecting for the Future

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Yesterday I stated that good software architecture needs to take into account future changes. This is very difficult to do because it is often impossible to anticipate where strategic changes and organizational shifts will take a product. But when the architecture is sound and flexible it can be done. A very good example is the Web itself: you can still use Lynx to view most web content, and all modern browsers are compatible with the most ancient servers out there. At the same time web technologies, such as AJAX, have progressed sufficiently to enable sites like Google Maps. Another good example is our very own PowerTerm WebConnect, which has grown from a browser based host access product to a total enterprise-wide application access solution supporting over 40 types of target systems, including Windows Terminal Services.

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Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. Mr. Shappir joined Ericom in 2001 and brings over 15 years experience in computer programming, and in the design and architecture of software products. Mr. Shappir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. | Ericom Software
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