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Breaking The Cycle Of Legacy IT Investment
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3/6/2014 | 4:39:44 PM
Gen. Lord makes some great observations here on how hard and how costly it can be to modernize legacy systems. The amount of time and investment that it would take to overhaul some of the government's massive old systems -- and the difficulty of counting on Congressional funding -- would deter even the most determined CIO.  That "70% of business transactions are still processed in COBOL, a language designed in 1959 and patched in 2002" staggers the imagination.

Lorna Garey
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3/6/2014 | 4:06:05 PM
Politics is problematic in enterprises, it must be worse in any GOV agency. We just did a survey on application consolidation, and 89% said they dealt with "user concern over consolidation, ranging from uneasiness to open resistance." No one wants to give up their secret-sauce application, it feels too much like ceding power.

Plus, users seem to view these efforts as arbitrary, and they may be right as 45% said there is no process for choosing which apps to cut — someone just makes a decision about what stays and what goes. (report is here.)

Do you have guidelines for how to overcome the political / perceived capriciousness problem?

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