Technical debt happens to most organizations over time.  It’s human nature. Deadlines and budget reductions can push your organization to delay modernizations, take shortcuts to reduce time to market or make errors in initial system designs.

Managing technical debt is the top challenge for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders. Doing so means collaborating with application owners to identify the risks and provide incentives and resources to reduce technical debt without impacting delivery. Taking a collaborative approach ensures both groups understand the business impact of technical debt, including the cost of risk mitigation, risk of failure, mitigation options, and vulnerabilities.

From our perspective, the best ways for I&O leaders to reduce technical debt is:

  • Use a consistent method for organizing infrastructure technical debt analysis by reviewing all infrastructure on business value, financial resources, operational and technical risks factors
  • Create a scalable approach to measure technical infrastructure debt through an initial assessment that categorizes and identifies infrastructure elements
  • Make infrastructure technical debt metrics easy to understand with simple graphics based on cost versus benefit and technical debt impact

Through performing an IT assessment focused on infrastructure, in combination with applications, your organization will gain a better understanding of current technical debt and the cost (based on recommendations) to reduce.  Although having some technical debt is unavoidable, classifying and reporting on the debt will allow your organization to target high-impact and high-risk items for action.  Click here to contact Dewpoint for an independent review of your IT infrastructure.

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