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Architecture Evolution: From Mainframes to Service-oriented Architecture
Product architecture is going to do much more than simply provide the technical functionality, the user interface, and the platform support. It is going to

disk input output  acting as a remote disk drive, but is rather fully participating in the transaction. Client/server architecture, one of the first applications of distributed computing, became (and still is) the prevalent choice of many companies today for several reasons. First, using PCs instead of dumb terminals creates an increase in computing power. For instance, graphic processing is highly central processing unit (CPU)-intensive and is impractical to perform at a central computer, and hence it became necessary to

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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

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