Henry David Thoreau once said, "Simplify, simplify." Yet had he seen the massive infrastructure that is information technology as we know it today, he might have been dumbfounded. Albert Einstein may have been a bit more realistic when he said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Over the course of the past two decades, the development of new technology, the proliferation of new devices and the vast increase in raw computing power have caused a phenomenal growth in the IT world. These new offerings - coupled with the rise of the Internet - have led to new heights of productivity and accessibility to other people, to other systems and, most importantly, to information. At the same time as we benefit from new capabilities, the need exists to manage and maintain them, requiring the construction of new systems.

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