‘You can’t make silver bullets from silver lining’ is my new favourite catchphrase – love it!
The reality is that there’s no one technique to cutting costs. Rather, have a large toolset: outsourcing, cloud computing, agile development, six sigma, etc., etc., etc., and KNOW WHEN TO APPLY THEM. Too often these trendy methods and solutions are applied as something to throw at a problem until it goes away. That never works. No matter what, *someone* is going to have to engage with the problem, understand its causes, and find an actual solution.
True, it is all about context. I’m actually a fan of Cloud, in it’s place, with the right expectations set. But it’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card, and the industry would be a lot better served if it stopped pretending it was.
You could replace the words “in the cloud” with “offshore” and it would be equally true.
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