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Infrastructure outlives strategy. Live with it. | IS Survivor Publishing

Infrastructure outlives strategy. Live with it. | IS Survivor Publishing:

As everyone knows, the organization’s IT infrastructure has to be business-driven. Except for one challenge: It will last longer than any of the business plans that drive it.

Bob Lewis on infrastructure in business. Now just as we were discussing this our system admin was walking by and he said “If your infrastructure is 10 years old you should be sacked.” … we shot back, what about Oracle databases? Plenty of places run an old version of their database and are terrified of the disruption to upgrade. In fact often sometimes the hardware is upgraded multiple times without changing the server software platforms significantly. All those 10g and 11g SOA Suites and Weblogic installations that just went in over the past few years (and 10g is from 2003 so its nearly a decade old already!). How long with they last? How about Windows XP … Office 2003 … Exchange … All this stuff is on some level ‘infrastructure’. And generally it’s a drag on your business strategy because it was installed to conform with your strategic direction two strategies ago.


  1. Hah! That’s nothing. There is so much old mainframe infrastructure around that:
    a) lack of spare parts is a serious business continuity risk for a lot of companies
    b) IBM makes a tidy sum of money selling virtual environments for their old mainframes running on new hardware.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 13:25 | Permalink
  2. Scot Mcphee wrote:

    Well, sure, I didn’t want to talk about mainframes or COBOL (etc), just the so-called “modern” JEE style distributed solutions that most companies use. I mean, I’m sure there’s someone out there with a PDP-11 still …

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 14:07 | Permalink