According to Greek mythology, Gordius, king of Phrygia, tied up his wagon in an offering to the gods with a knot so intricate that it defied all efforts to untie it. An oracle declared that whoever untied it would rule all of Asia. Many tried, all failed. Alexander the Great took one look at the knot, drew his sword and cut through it with a single stroke. The moral of the story? Complex problems do not always require complex solutions. Sometimes a simple one will do.

All too often, we look at e-business as a complex technology problem that demands a complex engineering solution. Technology “experts” push for a perfect solution when, in reality, a simple one might be better. Rather than “cut the knot,” we struggle to untie it.

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