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Several of the challenges that software organizations face today include an increase in the complexity of their information technology (IT) infrastructures and solutions, applications that may be difficult to use, and continued pressure to achieve tight time-to-market timelines. Organizations use many approaches to address these problems, including models. Models can embody critical solutions and insights and thus can be seen as assets for an organization. For example, a pattern that describes a recurring problem, its recurring solution, and the context in which it is relevant can be expressed as a model and shared with others. This paper presents some of the steps to identify reusable models, organize them for reuse, and package, publish, and ultimately reuse them—all with a focus on the benefit to the business and the alignment of IT to the needs of the business. Whereas the concepts associated with reuse are not new, organizing models for reuse in the manner described herein represents more recent techniques.
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