“the insane complexity of technology is leading companies to spend 75% to 80% of IT budgets simply maintaining the systems they have already.”
And what should they do instead, Mr. Girouard? Simply ignore — or better yet, throw away — these applications?
Mr. Girouard’s comment reflects a naive understanding of the ROI of IT investments. Smart firms build ongoing maintenance and enhancment expenses into their ROI projections. These ongoing M&E costs create new functionality that enables the firm to continue to reap the projected benefits of the app.
Discontinuing these costs in order to “innovate” is foolish and naive.