IT snake oil: Six tech cure-alls that went bunk

“In the land of IT, the one thing you can count on is a slick
vendor presentation and a whole lot of hype. Eras shift,
technologies change, but the sales pitch always sounds eerily

“In virtually every decade there’s at least one transformational
technology that promises to revolutionize the enterprise, slash
operational costs, reduce capital expenditures, align your IT
initiatives with your core business practices, boost employee
productivity, and leave your breath clean and minty fresh.

“Today, cloud computing, virtualization, and tablet PCs are
vying for the hype crown. At this point it’s impossible to tell
which claims will bear fruit, and which will fall to the earth and

“Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, however, it’s easy to see
how we got sucked into believing claims that simply weren’t true —
whether they were about the promise of artificial intelligence or
the practicality of ERP.”

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