The core systems replacement cycle is speeding up. Twenty yearsago, you might have to go through the implementation of a new coresystem once, maybe twice. Technology — and the speed of businessthat it enables — is changing that.

Technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and Moore's Lawpredicts that processing power will double every two years. In1997, 1 GB of memory would set you back about $100. Ten yearslater, the price had dropped to less than 50 cents per GB.

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