The Evolution of Systems Requires an Evolution of Systems Engineers

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The systems we worked on when many of us first started out were the first generations of client-server applications. They were fundamentally different from the prior generation: terminals connecting to centralized apps running on mainframe or midrange systems. Engineers learned to care about the logic of their application client as well as the server powering it. Connectivity, the transmission of data, security, latency and performance, and the synchronization of state between the client and the server became issues that now had to be considered to manage those systems.

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