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96: The Value of Old with Marianne Bellotti

Software engineers perceive that technology advances in an orderly, linear fashion. This makes the novelties very attractive. However, the reality is that we tend to go through technology in cycles.

  Recognizing this is crucial for understanding how to make the right technical decisions while preserving the value of the old technology. 

Is it better to build from scratch or build on what you have? When do you invest in something brand new, and when do you lean onto the foundations of the existing expertise? 

Today we search for answers to these questions with Marianne Bellotti, the author of Kill It with Fire –Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Futureproof Modern Ones). Marianne is internationally known for tackling some of the oldest, messiest, and most complicated computer systems in the world, and she currently runs identity and access control at Rebellion Defense. 

When you finish listening to the episode, make sure you follow Marianne on Twitter and get a copy of her book.

Mentioned in this episode:

Marianne Bellotti on Twitter at 

Marianne Bellotti, Kill It with Fire –Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Futureproof Modern Ones) at  

Rebellion Defence at

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