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Technical Debt: Impacts, Management, and Influence of Low-Code

By Apoorva Kasam - May 23, 2023 5 Mins Read

Technical Debt: Impacts, Management, and Influence of Low-Code

Low-code platforms manage automated updates, minimize the costs of running an application, and relieve the development team from addressing the technical debt. Technical debt refers to the cost incurred when businesses do not fix issues or problems that will affect them in the future.

Low-code platforms diminish technical debt by allowing businesses to focus on creating valuable customer experiences. Companies can reduce manual coding efforts, maximize deployments, and shorten the development cycles of low-code development implementation.

Impacts of Technical Debt

  • Impedes Innovation and Growth

Complicated challenges necessitate modern and innovative solutions. However, if the development teams invest maximum time in resolving the issues, they cannot dedicate their time and efforts to evaluating new or current use cases. It results in the derailment of identifying applications that deliver business value or enhance user and customer experiences.

  • Feeds a Disconnect in Line of Business (LOB) and IT Priorities

Businesses work around IT and buy solutions when they think an IT solution will take a long time, or they won’t get an application running. This issue is called shadow IT, a significant factor that creates a disconnect between development teams and business users.

These issues create a vicious cycle of fragmented systems with siloed data, technical debt, security risks, and governance challenges.

  • Scalability Issues

While applications and systems work together effectively, IT teams dealing with technical debt might bypass the backward compatibility checking of new applications. Inconvenient legacy systems and diverse solutions impede the integration and constrain scalability.

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Influence of Low-Code                                                   

  • Legacy System Updates

Legacy systems facilitate seamless business operations; however, they are insufficient to match their pace with the evolving changes. Low-code platforms allow enterprises to improve legacy systems’ functionality, such as CRM, ERP, HRM, core banking, and HRM minimizing their significant transactional workload.

  • Promotes Rapid Prototyping

Low-code app development enables developers to rapidly prototype solutions. It allows businesses to test, evaluate and refine the answers with the inclusion of a formal software development team. It reduces workload and saves time for the teams.

  • Facilitates Seamless Integration of Cloud and On-premise Applications

Integrating cloud-based applications with legacy systems is vital as organizations migrate to the cloud. Seamless integration and migration make businesses agile and more efficient, allowing them to offer a better customer experience. Low-code platforms enable enterprises to integrate cloud-based applications with legacy systems rapidly.

  • Software Development Democratization

Low-code frameworks allow business domain experts to participate in the development process actively. It eliminates the gap between business requirements and what IT will deliver by empowering the skilled developer with a collaborative and visual approach.

Citizen developers’ introduction to business users allows the IT team to dedicate their time and add value. Low-code solution implementation enables business users to establish industry-relevant applications. It helps them maximize business application development processes.

  • Creates an Omni channel Environment

Users must have a powerful way to give feedback on prototypes, and in-progress builds. It provides the development teams with an accurate picture of the requirements. Low code allows business users to express themselves more transparently, and end-users can give away precise feedback for the building applications.

  • Low-code Applications Are Straightforward

Low-code applications enhance the application’s maintenance process by eliminating tedious tasks from day-to-day development, relieving the software maintenance burden. The platform utilizes standardized and pretested components that bypass the application development process for multiple operating systems and environments—effective application maintenance results in more innovative work that drives business value.

  • Accelerates Team Productivity

A low-code development approach accelerates team productivity. Organizations can resolve issues faster and impact the company’s efficiency when IT and business teams work together. Eliminating complex code allows more groups to contribute regardless of skill level resulting in improved productivity.

  • Speeds Application Development

Low-code application development is faster than traditional development. This approach allows the team to focus on building the right solution and allocate the coding to the platform. Reliable low-code platforms offer developmental speed with pliable customization as required.

Management of Technical Debt

  • Discuss the Specifics of Technical Debt with the Team

Technical and business perspectives are crucial for a project to succeed. The contrasting purview will give programmers and managers different ideas about technical debt. Companies must understand that technical debts lead to technological failures, higher operational costs, and a slower time to market.

It minimizes testing, design, and code quality. Therefore, both parties must view the problem from a common perspective and understand technical debt’s business and technical implications.

  • Station Code Standards and Reviews

Code standards help developers create clean, readable code to address changes quickly. Coding standards minimize tech debt in the long term by clarifying and unifying “good app” standards. Code review allows developers to audit codes for mistakes and errors, allowing the team to learn and develop their skills.

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  • Promote Agile Software Development Practices

Technical debt mitigation is easy when businesses pay it off regularly at every sprint. Agile software development approaches help companies deliver quality work in small increments. Agile practices ensure that product backlog includes all the technical debt processes, making its tracking quick.

  • Employ Automated Testing Activities

Automated testing includes utilizing software tools to identify bugs and mistakes in the system, check the code, and validate the software’s quality. Automation transforms quality control by diminishing the need for manual testing, accelerating issue detection processes minimizing the chance of human error.

Moreover, automated testing fastens the bug detection process and minimizes human intervention, negating technical debt.

  • Refactor Problematic Codes

Refactoring refers to restructuring problematic codes to make them maintainable, understandable, and bugless. This practice is critical to modernization and technical debt payoff since it efficiently transforms the legacy code. Systemic refactoring execution is one of the primary ways to minimize technical debt.

Refactoring builds cleaner code, making forthcoming refactoring activities easier to conduct. Therefore, businesses must consider investing in this practice to win future battles against technical debt.

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Apoorva Kasam

Apoorva Kasam is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She has done her master's in Bioinformatics and has 18 months of experience in clinical and preclinical data management. She is a content-writing enthusiast, and this is her first stint writing articles on business technology. She specializes in Blockchain, data governance, and supply chain management. Her ideal and digestible writing style displays the current trends, efficiencies, challenges, and relevant mitigation strategies businesses can look forward to. She is looking forward to exploring more technology insights in-depth.

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