Dunno if you’ve heard of Nicholas Carr… He’s the guy who has said that IT doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter to a modern business. Essentially because the time to recoup invesment from being a first mover is getting smaller and smaller he says: “Most companies should move to a much more conservative and almost defensive mode in IT.”
Interesting stuff, and the reactions to it are equally interesting. Read them (and find links to the whole article) on the articles section of Nicholas’ site. Personally I think he may have a point. Surely it’s worth trying to maximise the return on a particular investment? To do that you need to make projects right, but last longer. And surely that removes the need to be on the bleeding edge?