If It’s Not Broken, Why Update It?

photo credit: Sean MacEntee via photopin cc

photo credit: Sean MacEntee via photopin cc

From a business perspective the saying “if it is not broken don’t fix it” is often applied to IT systems.  Finding the investment to keep up with the market can be a challenge, and it is often tempting to just avoid any efforts or costs of an upgrade.  Even on our mobile phones we all fear that notification that a new version is available and hit the upgrade button with trepidation; not knowing if the app will successfully install or worse, the whole phone dies.  When applied in the business enterprise that trepidation translates into an inertia to upgrade that can become a massive penalty down the line as the gap to the latest version opens up.  This gets worse as the enterprise gets larger and the decision making more centralised.