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Should we consider a custom system architecture design?

A custom system design can pose unique challenges. Learn why and and find out the difference between a customized and non-customized system architecture design in this tip.

Does architecture matter when crafting a project plan?
Absolutely. "Vanilla" or non-customized system architecture design approaches are much easier to configure, test and ultimately deploy. Creative configurations that call for " spaghetti architecture" (such as two of the case studies in my book Why New Systems Fail: Theory and Practice Collide) are much more costly, difficult to test and likely to have unforeseen consequences and issues. As a general rule, increasing the number of customizations in a system architecture design increases the time and/or resources needed for the project to be successful.
This was last published in June 2009

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