Over the years, IBM has made progress in resolving many of the issues that deal with improving application development (AD) productivity and quality. Systems Application Architecture™, together with IBM's recently announced AD/Cycle™ direction, provides a platform for even greater progress. This paper addresses the IBM strategy that supports AD/Cycle and gives an overview of the major components of the AD/Cycle architecture. This paper is an introduction to other papers that follow in this issue.
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