Do you need backup?
And yes that is a serious question. (Given the name of this blog, and my chosen specialization for the last 20 years, it is understandable if you think I was asking it in jest!)
A recent real world situation makes me wonder. It also makes me wonder at what point something becomes a self-evident truth? And are we adequately equipped to answer this question with a logical and defensible answer based on data rather than opinion? Hmmm...
First, a story. One of my favourites in years of IT. And it really happened, about 12 or so years ago.
A certain organization had a badly aging mainframe. It was creaking badly (in the metaphorical sense). The maintenance cost way more than the lease on a newer system. It was bigger than a newer system--taking up too much space. It wouldn't run the most current operating system. And so on. And the only one that noticed was the lead sys admin. When he pointed this out to management--who were apparently surprised by this state of affairs--he asked for funding for a new system. His manager asked him to justify the funding request. The sys admin left, and came in early the next morning to drop off a one page business case for the upgrade. Actually, it was just three words (in 72 point text): "Think about it."