The world of technology is in its infancy. Compared to other more mature professions, we are still in diapers. Roads and walls in Rome that are used today were built by engineers 2,000 years ago. The hieroglyphics on the tombs in Egypt contain proclamations from accountants saying how much grain was owed the Pharaoh. Excavations of Clovis man from caves in Chile show that mankind practiced medicine in at least a crude form as many as 16,000 years ago. A historical comparison of the IT profession to the engineering, accounting and medical professions shows that the IT profession is barely out of the womb. The origins of the IT profession go back to 1950 or so. Other professions go back to the dawn of civilization.

However, the IT profession has come a long way fast. As evidence of how far we have come, look at the IT architecture, or at least architecture as perceived by the IT professional. Figure 1 briefly outlines the advances in architecture that the IT profession has made.

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