Cost pressure is a reality for many Technology departments around the world; often times, even the highest priority. How this is expected to be achieved is surprising. In general, my impression of IT tells me that it is still being taken for granted or a necessary evil. Which automatically leads to the fact that the majority of IT projects are what I’d like to call Life Cycle Projects.
As soon as Microsoft announced that Windows XP, after more than a decade, will no longer be supported, the media was chock-full of articles for weeks regarding this topic. Once again, we have the same situation, but this time it is effecting companies that still use SQL 2005, which is reaching the end of its supportability.
A decade in life seems more like a century in technology. Today, the biggest software vendors release new features on a monthly basis with some even on a weekly basis. Yet, it seems that companies repeatedly choose to use their current software till the end of days and not have to deal with the upgrades or to learn new products.