What Freud Can Teach Us About Legacy System

Freud Legacy System


It’s Friday, you are tired of thinking about your problematic legacy system. It’s time for you to lie down on my couch and tell me about your deepest secrets. Ha, ha. If you are not familiar with the work of psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, I suggest you first read the Wikipedia article about him. All citations in the text are from Wikipedia articles. Now let’s see how Freud’s theories and legacy systems could be linked.


Id, Ego & Super-Ego, the Legacy System Way

Freud suggests that the human psyche is divided into three parts: Id, ego and super-ego.



“The id is the completely unconscious, impulsive, childlike portion of the psyche that operates on the “pleasure principle” and is the source of basic impulses and drives; it seeks immediate pleasure and gratification.”

The id wants you to get a new solution to replace your legacy system now. He wants you to get the biggest, newest, coolest system no matter how much it costs or the time and energy you will have to expend to get it. It’s all about pleasure and instant gratification no matter the consequences. The Id is not exactly good for your business. It is a toddler throwing a tantrum for a new toy.



“The super-ego is the moral component of the psyche, which takes into account no special circumstances in which the morally right thing may not be right for a given situation. ”

The super-ego reminds you to think about your actual needs and budget. It slaps the reality of your situation straight in your face. If your budget doesn’t allow you to spend on a replacement system, it will tell you to stick with the old one, no matter the consequences. On the other hand, if the lack of support from the original vendor and/or your soon retiring experienced team is dooming you into imminent system failure, it will tell you to get a new system, no matter the cost. The super-ego has the same potential as the Id in causing trouble to your business. It won’t take into account the multiple factors to consider when considering the life expectancy of your legacy system.



“The rational ego attempts to exact a balance between the impractical¬†hedonism¬†of the id and the equally impractical moralism of the super-ego; it is the part of the psyche that is usually reflected most directly in a person’s actions.”

The ego is the part of your psyche you should listen to in order to make the best decision. Your ego will make you take into consideration your current problems such as maintenance, integration and compatibility issues, the potential security and accessibility issues, the lack of support and the rampant cost. It will balance the actual problems with your needs, the time you have to devote to the replacement process, the risks and the costs. Your ego is the one who will make you take the right decision.



Who will you listen to? Your tantrum-throwing ego wanting the latest version of the budget-busting coolest software? Your rigid thinking super-ego not seeing the big picture? Or should you listen to your ego making you consider all possibilities in regards of your actual situation, budget and needs? Can’t make a decision? Give me a call; I will fit you in my schedule for a session next week!



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