Manufacturing evolved from manual to automated, ad hoc to repeatable. IT is undergoing a forced transformation, much like manufacturing organizations of the past. For IT today, complexity, scale and change are compounding at the same time budgets contract and business line expectations increase. This paper describes how rPath's centralized hub becomes the control infrastructure for managing IT system construction and change. This hub becomes the basis for managing and reusing standardized system components. These components are managed centrally and reused liberally to construct and deploy new systems. All the components and the systems themselves are deeply modeled and version controlled, ensuring that they're transparent and controlled throughout their lifecycle. When updates are made to the components, change flows through the hub and cascades en masse to hundreds or thousands of deployed systems.
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