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by becky last modified Mar 01, 2011

Negacy? Years ago when I worked at Cisco Systems,  I became a member of the team responsible for making the new stuff play happily with the older stuff. Our work enabled those early adopters who invested in first release software & hardware (yay for visionaries) to stay relevant & integrate new releases into the older [...]




 

 

mad scientistsNegacy?

Years ago when I worked at Cisco Systems,  I became a member of the team responsible for making the new stuff play happily with the older stuff.

Our work enabled those early adopters who invested in first release software & hardware (yay for visionaries) to stay relevant & integrate new releases into the older ones & still hum like a sewing machine.

The term for the early stuff was “Legacy Systems”.  & in many ways, to put it bluntly – it was a pain in the butt.  Newer scripts & equipment evolved in parallel with other new scripts & equipment. So the natural tendency of designers was to use all new stuff. Who wouldn’t want to go with more efficient, smaller, more robust, and faster stuff?

Oh, but for the albatross of making it harmonic with the old stuff.  In reality, it was simply another design requirement. It wasn’t glamorous, like the new stuff. But it was a workhorse that imposed its wisdom on moving forward.

It’s both.

While we bumped up against the constraints of the past,  it made us maintain an adaptable pace – by humans.  That experience made me realize that I can move as fast as I want to with things.  Can’t do that with people. They need soak time.

Even in this day & age of multi-tasking (which is really just another term for inefficiency) & information consumption, we still take awhile to change.

Legacy makes us look behind us so we can look ahead of us.

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