Eliminate Technical Debt to Enable a Nimble IT Organization

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Applications and Architecture: Primary Source

Application sprawl and code complexity are sure paths to inefficiency and IT latency. A lack of enterprise architecture governance and a lack of discipline around code development (e.g., code that is either unused, no longer fit for purpose or poorly written) all add significantly to development and maintenance costs, thus inhibiting speed and compromising quality.

Combine that with multiple or incompatible architecture stacks and integration costs continue to increase. While adding to maintenance, development, and licensing costs, they also encumber integration and interoperability, ultimately reducing an IT organization's ability to quickly respond to business needs.

In the wake of economic volatility over the past decade, corporations have accumulated technical debt due to cost cutting and underinvestment in technology. In many companies, the result is often a patchwork of software fixes and inefficiencies across applications, architectures, and infrastructure that stifle agility.

Meanwhile, the business expects IT to keep pace with the change that digital disruption requires. In order to do so, CIOs must pay down the accumulated technical debt to regain strategic relevance while playing the role for which IT is best suited: guiding technology decisions to help the organization maximize the value of new technologies.  

In this sldieshow, Mazen Baroudi, Accenture Strategy's North America lead for Technology Strategy, outlines the areas where management needs to look to identify sources of technical debt. Mazen closes with three steps IT organizations should take to pay down their technical debt on their journey to becoming more nimble and responsive to the company's technology needs and ultimately its business.


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