Why is infrastructure in the computer industry so difficult and under-appreciated? Everywhere you turn, infrastructure is either ignored or put down. Venture capitalists abhor infrastructure. They simply won't invest in it. End users won't buy infrastructure – they don't see immediate results so infrastructure doesn't ever make it to the top of their buy lists. Only glitzy, superficial things attract their attention. Developers and technicians avoid infrastructure because it is messy. It requires getting your hands dirty and working on projects that take a long time and have a payback that is difficult to determine. Infrastructure projects are always subject to cancellation in favor of some more elegant project.

Yet, at the end of the day, it is infrastructure that makes the world go 'round. Ask Larry Ellison and Oracle what they think of infrastructure. Ask Bill Gates and Microsoft what they think of infrastructure. Ask IBM how much maintenance revenue they make on CICS, VSAM and IMS. The glory days for these technologies have passed, but they are workhorse technologies that nevertheless run the businesses of the world.

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