IDG Contributor Network: Cleaning up the legacy mess so the business can innovate

For many legacy businesses, historical technology investment limits the ability to innovate. In conversations with CIOs, they often refer to the mess with the following endearing terms: fragile, band aid and duct tape. The question is – given the pace of coming waves of digital disruption – can IT clean up the mess fast enough for the business to innovate in time?

How big a problem are silos to creating a foundation for business execution?

In the weekly #CIOchat session, many CIOs said it is a fundamental issue, and without clarity, they’ll have nothing! To be clear, silos are natural, but they need a foundation to support them. If you have integration/API interoperability between silos, then you can solve the coordination problem, but if not, you enable business isolation.

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