Is legacy IT the ultimate destructive force?
A couple of weeks ago I noted how a recent report from the (ISC)2 talks about how information security is getting hard and noted how this applies to the entire IT industry, not just to information security. Using IT is definitely getting more and more difficult. Could IT be the ultimate destructive force that clears out older companies and makes way for newer ones, perhaps the "creative destruction" that economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized?
The nasty problems of dealing with complicated, legacy IT environments, after all, is really a problem that older companies have a much more difficult time with than newer ones do. If you start a company today, you can use all sorts of IT that wasn't around 10 years ago, and this can make you much more efficient than a company that's stuck working with 30 or more years of legacy systems.
The problems that governments seem to have with IT may be an example of this in action. They're probably the ones who have some of the most compllicated legacy environments to deal with. And they're also the ones who seem to have the biggest IT problems.
Governments are unlikely to disappear because their IT infrastructure gets too expensive, but that type of problem can definitely kill a business. Maybe we'll actually see this happening in the future as keeping legacy IT environments running ends up costing more and more.