Eliminate Technical Debt to Enable a Nimble IT Organization

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Infrastructure and Operations: Secondary Effects

Inefficiencies in applications and architectures have a secondary effect on infrastructure. Application sprawl and unnecessary application complexity require larger infrastructure footprints that result in higher real estate, power, and licensing costs.

Furthermore, they often also result in less resilient operations as overly complex applications, architectures, and integrations create additional failure points and security concerns. This creates a challenging environment for operations teams as they try to proactively monitor, analyze and respond to incidents.

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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