What is net-centricity? Everyone is talking about it. What do we really mean when we attach “net-centric” to other terms such as net-centric architecture, net-centric value added, net-centric engineering, net-centric operations, net-centric transformation, or net-centric warfare? How much is real and what is still a dream? All of these expressions are used by our authors in the articles appearing in this issue. For them, perhaps, the meaning is obvious, but for many of us (software professionals) it is not crystal clear. What does it mean for something (a system, or maybe, a component) to be “net-ready”?