For decades, the purpose of information technology departments has been to acquire or build applications and implement them. Perhaps we do not stop long enough to think about what we are doing, but it would appear that we think of applications as machines. Once the machine has been built, it is turned over to its business owners and is expected to function, although it may require some maintenance. I think this analogy is only partially accurate, because it ignores the role of data. Furthermore, I think such a perspective is fundamentally dangerous.
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