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Excerpt from Forbes Technology Council article - Upgrading Government IT Systems: 10 Ways Things Could Go Wrong

The major issue they will face will not be an immediate problem but rather a systemic issue of not having a life-cycle plan in place for the IT system. If such a plan had been in place 10 or 20 years ago, this problem could have been avoided entirely. It is certainly important to know what you need now, but planning for the future or so-called "future-proofing" the system is critical for success. - Jeffrey Fortin, Vector Software