In Pictures: 10 old-school IT principles that still rule

These graybeard IT tenets still reign -- when applied in their modernized guise

5. Control changes to the production environment

We’re long past the days when developers could just slam their new code into production. There’s a process to go through. Nobody actually likes the process, but it isn’t about liking the process. It’s about making sure the change doesn’t disrupt production, and if it does disrupt production, it’s about making sure there’s a back-out plan.

Think the cloud changes things? It does. It makes change control harder because now, if you aren’t careful about how you manage your cloud providers, they just might slam their changes into production without going through your process.

It is, after all, their infrastructure.

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