> in a different field, mortgage backed securities
Anything even more distant and off-topic?
> In Enterprise Programming, the prior fad was C++
... and it got replaced for some reason(s) [excellent point]
> "If all your friends were to jump off a bridge, would you do so as well"
This can explain to some extend why C++ got replaced by _only a few_ competitors but it's not enough to explain why C++ lost the throne. You don't get fired for buying the same as everyone else but you do get fired for wasting time and money throwing away for no clear benefit older technology that do the job. Many CEOs and CFOs could not care less about technology - even less technology fads.