Whether or not the SemanticWeb community takes this seriously (noting
that we are *not* speaking for the SW community here) I'm with you,
On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM, David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Peter -
> On Sep 09, 2013, at 10:34 PM, Peter Yim wrote:
> Please post something onto the wiki at:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit/Suggestions ...
> or start a thread under the [ontology-summit] mailing list to raise
> awareness, get buy-in, and develop that proposal further.
> The issue of legacy systems & the uselessness of SW to help with legacy
> systems needs has been put on this list repeatedly, by at least JFS &
> myself... to resounding sounds of silence.
> Consider this... from Capers Jones... there are some 50 "major" software
> languages, 1,500 "minor" languages & a new language is introduced at the
> rate of 1 per month. I assume the SW stack is on the far tail of the 1,500
> minor list.
> This is the sort of "diversity" the Global 2000 (or whatever company size
> label you want) is wrestling with.
> I've spoken with a large firm that's been in the news recently & one of
> their senior technical officers told me they have some 28 DBMS engines in
> house. That's not databases, that's database engines. Personally I could
> only count to about 15.
> How will the SW help with that mess?
> From what I've seen over the past 8 years the SW is just going to add yet
> another layer of opaque complexity to the legacy systems. Intellectually
> stimulating? Absolutely. Useful? Dubious.
> Jim Hendler told me to my face there was nothing in the SW for legacy
> systems... which I entirely believe.
> One final rant... do think about the fast approaching Retirement Brain
> My generation of mainframers who built these reliable, long-lived but
> difficult to grok legacy systems is headed to retirement. The Millennials
> mostly cannot spell JCL, much less know what it is (while they reinvent it).
> So who's going to keep the Systems of Record running?
> How is something in the SW going to help keep the legacy systems working?
> David Eddy
> Babson Park, MA
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