Author's Note: Earlier columns have separately addressed concepts of enterprise architecture and also of XML and Web services for enterprise integration. Over the last few months, I have also discussed the changes in our systems development methods that are necessary for evolution to 21st century enterprises that are able to survive and prosper in an environment of rapid business change.

This month, I will summarize the overall messages for the future, drawn from many of my previous columns . Please refer to these past columns for the underlying arguments that support this brief summary.

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