Pantero ZapNote: SOA + Information Architecture = Code Reuse (Finally!)
Before the Industrial Revolution, virtually every human work product was handmade and crafted by artisans — clothing, vehicles, buildings, anything people consumed. Then came the Revolution, ushering in mass production, which changed the fundamental economics of manufacturing and consumption forever. Software, on the other hand, is still essentially handmade to this day, where every piece is crafted by an IT “artisan” to fit a specific need. And so, software has so far failed to provide the same revolutionary economics to IT that the Industrial Revolution provided for manufactured goods. Now, while mass production of software may still be a ways off, the ability to reuse pieces of software is in our grasp, providing at least a glimmer of the profound economic benefits that mass-produced software could provide.