In the United States, more than 10 million people a year contract appendicitis, with in excess of 50,000 cases resulting in death. For more than 300,000, the treatment prescribed won’t be antibiotics or any other medication. Instead, the appendix will be eliminated.
It has long been believed that the appendix is a ‘vestigial’ or functionless organ. Surgical removal is seen as an effective treatment, providing permanent immunity from future problems. If there weren’t so many inherent risks associated with surgery, appendix removal would likely be a common precautionary procedure. No appendix? No risk of appendicitis, and no downside with losing a seemingly useless body part.
In the IT world, just as the appendix is not serving any useful purpose in the body, many default services provided with modern IT platforms are equally superfluous to requirements.