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Software is more diverse than ever, comprising an unthinkable array of custom, commercial and open source options. This means that developers have more resources to ply their craft, and IT is utterly mired by complex, interdependent and constantly changing systems. It’s made worse by the ongoing abstraction of IT, from managing discrete single-use piece parts to the composition of reusable services. The network of interdependency is massive and — much of the time — poorly understood.

Truth is a funny word. It smacks of empirical fact and righteousness.

But truth is not that. It’s subjective — a cocktail of knowledge, experience, context and bias. Jake Sorofman, chief marketing officer for rPath, admits that an attempt to generalize “truths” about a topic as broad and complex as IT has the potential to come across as presumptuous … or worse!

But, if you look closely, complexity often betrays patterns. For him, these patterns tell a story that gets — if not to the ultimate kernel — in close proximity to the truth.

The following are the eight truths of enterprise IT, from Sorofman’s perspective.

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