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What you turn off can be as important as what you invest in for the future

weight.pngThis week I have been in Canada talking with technical leaders from various companies and industries about changes taking place in technology and a few on how to get a grip on the future. The future can be uncertain, but there is much organizations can do to shape the future they want to have happen. In an industry like IT where 80% or more of the budget may be consumed before you even start the year just to keep the lights on… one of the things we discussed was “what you need to turn off can be as important (and controversial) as what you invest in.”


I was sitting around the Toronto airport when my flight was delayed waiting for a fresh crew, when I started to think about the use of technology on planes. I flew in a relatively freshly refitted American Airlines plane on the way to Toronto and every seat had a new entertainment system with a relatively large screen, where you could choose among hundreds of movies. There were games and other options as well. Seeing that abundance of entertainment options made me wonder how much all that weighs, since weight can be pretty important on planes. Now that nearly everyone (at least among those that can afford a plane ticket) have a mobile device of one form or another, maybe the airlines should focus more on providing the network infrastructure to support those devices rather than provide redundant capabilities that may never be used. For those who don’t have a device or want premium content… there is always the option of charging them for the additional capability. What else could be done with that weight?


This may not be a valid example but even a bad example is still an example. There is a tipping point when a technology or a service needs to be discontinued. Any support after that point is a waste of resources, no matter how fondly we remember the utility of the past.

| ‎01-29-2014 08:58 PM

Another good example is built in car GPS. I have it in both my cars and I never use it.

I use my phone.

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