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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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Do members of the IT community tend to cling to the old ideas that seemed to succeed for them or others in the past. It seems a sound bit of logic: if it worked for Company X, then it should work for my company, right?

Maybe. But the hardest thing to know is when to hang onto ideas that will truly work, and when to drop them in favor of a new innovation that will work better.

Could you imagine, having a ready-to-use migration plan that could be transported from government to government, or company to company, with only the need to just add developers? That would be a huge asset for vendors to have. And, as the set of ported applications grew bigger and bigger, the costs of migration for later government adopters would plummet.

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