It s a spin on the idea of a 13th century Friar, William of Ockham, who wrote about the concept of Occam s Razor.
The dichotomy of increasing complexity in modern enterprise technology is a desire for things that are straightforward and easy to use while keeping a competitive advantage.
It enables companies to compete based on obfuscation of the underlying methods, architecture, and tactics.
By choosing a platform that allows for many various levels of customization, the hope is that companies will be able to compete based on a unique capability that others can t replicate easily, be it an algorithm or some other technical advantage, but at the cost of speed, security and easy management.
Yet even in life, complex doesn t necessarily mean better and being the most elaborate doesn t mean the best will survive.
Evolution only leads to increases in complexity when complexity is beneficial to survival and reproduction.