Software is virtually everywhere these days. More and more aspects of our daily life rely on working software. At the same time the underlying software systems are getting more and more complex, often on the verge to unmanageability. Changing systems becomes guesswork, running systems becomes praying. How can we avoid entirely falling from the verge? We need to simplify! In this session we will look at the current state of IT and why problems are often addressed using the wrong solution approaches. Based on this, we will discuss several simplification approaches that can help us to step back from the verge.