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The next fad

Could it be that simplicity is the next big thing?


Back in August, I did a couple of blog entries around Fads in IT.


Could simplicity be the response to the current innovation fad that is winding down? There appears to be a small rush of books coming out around the concept of simplicity for competitive advantage, creating that ring of fluff around the good stuff.


I am not close enough to the manufacturing industry (based on the previous entry stating that manufacturing focuses on a trend before it becomes a fad) to see what they have done around simplicity.


When I was at a large manufacturer back in the 90s, they were going through a round of getting rid of fasteners and redundant products, making the assembly process and their bill of materials simpler. They had a large number of different types of washer caps and came to the realization "Who buys a car based on the washer cap." If it's not a differentiator, don't make a new one, go with a standard version.


Like that auto company, many organizations have a large quantity of their IT budget consumed maintaining software that does not differentiate it. Why?


The enterprise SOA movement is just starting down the path to address this and there are implications to this movement that are just not talked about in the press.


The complexity of the software architectures being created today could definitely use a little more simplicity.

Tags: SOA| Trends
Labels: SOA| Trends
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