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1. A construction plan. It is called a blueprint because it historically has been printed on blue paper with white lines.

2. In photography, a copy of a periodical printed before final editing in which images are shown on blue paper.

3. Informal, a plan.


A detailed set of plans used as a guide for construction.Because of the economies of a very inexpensive method of creating and copying such plans, they were formerly characterized by white lines on blue paper.

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In fact, during the launch of the Business Blueprinting initiative, Unisys chairman and CEO Larry Weinbach said that there is a backlog of demand for IT projects, but that the uncertainty in the business environment and past excesses, especially during the Y2K, ERP, and dot-com booms where IT organizations around the globe spent $60bn on IT gears and wares with little return or business justification, are keeping a lid on spending.
Business Blueprinting is an attempt by Unisys to identify and fix the real problems with IT projects, which anyone in the industry will immediately identify with.