One of my favorite things to do is help organizations think about next generation architectures.
When talking to IT executives about them, one of the more common things I hear is “We need to re-host these damn legacy systems.” This often makes me chuckle and then I share a story:
Back in say 1996, I was chatting with a Las Vegas CIO who was telling me how essential it was to replace the hotel’s damn legacy Property Management System (PMS). The funny thing is: these were the same words he had used just three years prior when he upgraded to his current system.
Seen that movie called Ground Hog Day? Yeah, like that.
All systems are legacy systems. If not the moment they are implemented, then just wait a few minutes.
With this in mind, often the best end-state to wish for is simply one that is even better suited for change.