September 21, 2010 - Many people believe that the Hippocratic oath states that a doctor is not to leave a patient in worse condition than before they treated them.

While it doesn’t state that explicitly, it is clearly a goal of any conscientious doctor. Enterprise architects should follow a similar mantra of not leaving a system in a worse state than before they attempt a fix. While there are many differences between doctors and architects (hopefully a doctor wouldn’t consider amputating an arm and replacing it just because a mechanical one could serve better), there are many similarities when architects plan for a core system fix or modernization.

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