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Two Constructs From Biology To Consider Regarding Enterprise IT

Bob Gourley

apartmenthttps://i2.wp.com/ctovision.com/wp-content/uploads/apartment.jpg?resize=... 300w" sizes="(max-width: 350px) 100vw, 350px" data-recalc-dims="1" />Two constructs from biology to think about regarding enterprise tech: The Cambrian Explosion and a Malthusian Problem.

The Cambrian Explosion is was a period of rapid evolution and an explosion of life. The Cambrian Explosion began around 542 million years ago. Every living plant or animal today can trace its roots to the startups that began then.

A Malthusian Problem is when a population has outpaced the amount of resources required to support the population, resulting in catastrophe for most. The Malthusian Problem was articulated by Thomas Malthus in 1779 based on observation of famine, and, although Malthus never seems to have had an accurate prediction regarding human population growth and sustainment, he made a pretty clear case that if a population grows too large the result can be catastrophe.

In enterprise IT we have seen the Cambrian Explosion part of this equation, with 1,000's of companies existing to address enterprise tech needs.

Will the Malthusian Problem part of this equation kick in? If it hits, which tech providers will thrive and which will perish? And what should the enterprise CTO do about it?

These are open questions of course. But if you ever have any context you can share on their answers or what we should do about it please let us all know!

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com