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Technical Debt: An Odyssey of Automation

Greg Lambert
October 30, 2023
2 minutes

One of our partners DXC has recently published a comprehensive survey of their clients on their existing IT systems and their appetite for change. One of the key findings from this white paper (DXC Leading Edge) is that most organizations have accumulated process, organizational and technical debt over the past few years. This can partly be explained because of the IT “slow-down” or “risk-off” approach to IT Management over the COVID years.

In each organization there are many types of debt including technical organizational, process and application debt.

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Most importantly for Readiness and our partner DXC, we are now focusing on technical debt whereas,

Technical debt (also known as design debt or code debt) is the implied cost of future reworking required when choosing an easy but limited solution instead of a better approach that could take more time.

Examples of technical debt include:

  1. Not installing security patches in a timely fashion, not only have you accrued tech debt; you have exposed your organization and its ecosystem to security risks from third parties, which could carry significant liability.
  2. Failure to update legacy systems with modern versions.
  3. Leaving older or vulnerable components and dependencies in place – beyond their supported lifecycles.

From this same DXC sourced article shows that the top activities in a modernization effort include:

  • Update(d) platform architectures (including desktop, server and data)
  • Remove/Replace applications according to lifecycle requirements
  • Enable automation and RPA approaches.
  • Change existing workflows to support automation.

And without any hint of irony, it looks like there is a perfect match between technical debt reduction and application modernization.

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To better manage your technical debt, particularly your application debt, work with Readiness to;

  1. accelerate your platform change and migration efforts
  2. automate your application worfflows
  3. De-risk change with our ongoing assessments and Assurance program.

You can find out more here: Assurance Unbound with our free, no obligation trial.

Greg Lambert

CEO, Product Evangelist
Greg Lambert is the CEO and product evangelist for Application Readiness Inc. Greg is a co-founder of ChangeBASE and has considerable experience with application packaging technology and its deployment.

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