Strategies to fix technical debt is a topic that’s not going unnoticed this year. Discovering technical debt is inevitable as organizations modernize legacy applications. Most important, is the organization’s ability to understand the technical debt that exists, how much and find ways to fix it - even while the business moves quickly to keep up with feature demand.
Tackling technical debt is key to the success of continued innovation, as we learn in an article published on Dzone written by Stefan Thorpe, CTO of Caylent. Thorpe says “Accumulated (technical) debt can amass to such a level that software becomes unmaintainable and innovation is stifled in favor of daily firefighting or rewriting entire legacy software.”
There’s a number of factors that contribute to technical debt accumulation, including strained resources, project constraints, time and deadline pressure and low-quality code. While there’s no magical fix to solve all technical debt issues, a DevOps framework lays a foundation for making continuous improvement and integration (CI/CD), which can help with debt repayment.
“Existing technical debt can be liquidated through practices that systematically improve and facilitate code deployment and its quality. By automating as much of the development pipeline as possible through Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, devs are forced to tackle errors early on in order to achieve smooth automation.”
Read more about how DevOps is paving the way for reducing and managing technical debt across industries in these 2017 global trends - CRASH (CAST Research On Application Software Health) Report.
Erik Oltmans, an Associate Partner from EY, Netherlands, spoke at the Software Intelligence Forum on how the consulting behemoth uses Software Intelligence in its Transaction Advisory services.
Erik describes the changing landscape of M & A. Besides the financial and commercial aspects, PE firms now equally value technical assessments, especially for targets with significant software assets. He goes on to detail how CAST Highlight makes these assessments possible with limited access to the targetâ€™s systems, customized quality metrics, and liability implications of open source components - all three that are critical for an M&A due diligence.