Is Your Organization Ready?
Now that you understand the concept of adaptive infrastructure, it's time to determine whether you are ready to use the techniques and concepts described in this book.
The following questions can be revealing:
Has your organization ever not purchased an IT product because it did not comply with some specified level of interoperability or failed to fit current or planned infrastructure practice?
Does your organization have a technical architecture group? What is it responsible for?
Has your organization ever funded a reusability study? Who paid for it?
Exactly what are your infrastructure successes and failures? What would your customers, including application developers, business managers, and partners, say are your strengths and weaknesses?
The answers to these questions will provide a fairly clear picture of whether your organization is pursuing an infrastructure reuse strategy, or if it is ready to do so. If your organization actually has managed to veto a product purchase, you might want to analyze exactly how that was accomplished.