No one knows how your software will be used in the future or what other tasks it may be called on to perform when circumstances change. The spur for this may be a commercial opportunity or sheer desperation. Eidos, who is now known as the highly successful manufacturer of Lara Croft games, started out in 1990 producing video-editing software on the old Acorn Archimedes computer. This brilliant program was far ahead of its time. Sales never got off the ground. However, the company recognized the value of some of its key modules and adapted them for the high-speed video compression components required by modern computer games. If their premature program had not been flexible the corporation would have died. Flexibility is good business insurance.

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