Re: A common thread...
I absolutely agree. Many times when you go higher up in an organization, innovation and speed trump back end requirements, primarily security. When it comes to tech, there are so many ways we can do things faster, more effectively, with more insight, but we forget the backend upheaval required to make these things happen.
Yes, application modernization will go a long way, but figuring out if those legacy systems have a place in the new technology plans or if they need newer solutions to replace them are required speed bumps we need to make sure are used before we get too ahead of ourselves.
Pulling data for the sake of analytics is also great, provided the right security and privacy controls are in place and the legwork is done in advance to make sure the information is actually going to be worthwhile, both from a "what can we connect and talk to" perspective, but more importantly "Now that we have all this data, what does it mean and what do we do with it?".