Organizations accelerated their digital transformation initiatives for their survival. While taking shortcuts with their technical strategies helped them to sustain themselves, it came at a long-term cost of technical debt.
Due to restrictions on in-person interactions, organizations across the globe adopted new technologies to support their employees in remote locations. While this rapid adoption of technologies provided organizations with agility, it came at a soaring cost of technical debt. In fact, as per a report from Software AG, titled “The Software AG Situation Report 2022,” around eight in ten organizations accumulated more technical debt in 2021 while six percent have taken on less.
While many agree that increasing technical debt was essential for them to adapt to changing times, the cost has soared exponentially that requires the immediate attention of the organizations. If not, organizations may end up delaying their innovation cycle, pivoting their resources to previously ignored problems rather than concentrating on future requirements of customers and employees alike.
Taking proactive steps to minimize the negative impact of technical debt includes incorporating open standards. This results in limiting the requirement to redefine the processes or customize integrations. Another step organizations can take to embrace abstractions while moving away from tight vendor lock-in. To achieve this, organizations should consider outsourcing their technical work to meet functional requirements and align it with their architectural governance principles. Organizations that are trying to manage their technical debt related to legacy systems can opt for an incremental approach.
Lack of time has its fair share in the debt
Most IT teams in a hurry to create an infrastructure resorted to point-to-point integration to meet the demand of their projects. However, this extreme crunching of time created multiple loopholes within the enterprise infrastructure, thus contributing to more technical debt. Instead of trying to rush by incorporating point-to-point integration, organizations take time and work through time at the appropriate time.
Opt for new technologies
Since the team is aware that point-to-point integration is the source of the technical debt, they should adopt a new approach for integration that facilitates long-term thinking. Adopting this new approach will not only enable IT teams to deliver their projects on time, but also will help them to build a long-term vision for future projects.
One way IT teams can reduce the technical debt is by opting for API-led connectivity that will help them to connect data, devices, and systems via a reusable and purposeful API. This approach enables the IT team to make every asset become a managed, modern API that is discoverable via self-service and controlled governance.
Reducing technical debt requires organizations to first identify their main source. Later, they should adopt an API-led approach to integration and a Center for Enablement. This will provide teams with tools to effectively tackle resources as well as time constraints via reusability, discoverability, and self-service.