The long, flat base

La pyramide de Khephren à Gizeh

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Notice how pyramids, as such, are functionally useless, and are not part of a modern construction repertoire, by which I do not mean pyramid shaped buildings, but actual pyramids. But emblematic they are and rightfully so. Engineering is more about bridges, road and rail lines of communication and various sorts of buildings, depending on function.
Pyramids, though, are emblematic of human structures, not without reason. The repetitious work is greatest at the base, hardest higher up. Slavery is equal at any point. How many are ground to dust to prevent the remains of one of two hidden in its midst from being ground to dust? Large companies are similar, unless they are very skilful in their people management.
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This is the problem:-
The broader the base the more pointless and tedious each component task, because each task at the base withstands a huge amount of pressure from above.
This is not intelligent design.
The pyramid, itself, is not an intelligent structure. But even if it were a bridge there are trade-offs between one massive bridge and several small ones. For instance one massive bridge would never have worked as a solution for bridging the Thames in London.
But this is what government does with IT, completely unnecessarily given IT's flexible and scalable nature.
These solutions have three disastrous consequences.
They cannot be efficient solutions.
They cannot be optimum solutions because they squeeze creativity out of those at the bottom who must implements them.
They cannot be economically competitive because they distort the market and deprive smaller companies of opportunity. What competition there is is at the expense of the first two points and this is ultimately disastrous for any policy that is meant to promote intellectual capital in this country.

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