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
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?