Time to Get Smart about Technical Debt


technical debt

With every passing day the world’s technical debt continues to expand.  Industry research shows the average business application carries as much as $2 million in Technical Debt.  Analysts at Gartner estimate industry IT debt at $500 billion---and on target to reach $1 trillion by 2015.   What’s interesting about Technical Debt is every ADM team knows they have some, but how much and how critical the debt is typically remains a mystery.  Most financial debt obligations are easy to calculate and definitively known at any given time.  Of course both Financial and Technical Debt both become frightening when they are aggregated, just take a look at a national debt clock if you don’t agree.

Like most challenges we face, awareness and measurement is a critical first step in intelligently managing the issues inherent to Technical Debt.   To help raise awareness and share best practice for measuring and managing Technical Debt, CAST is proud to sponsor a Webinar on the topic with a leading analyst from one of the worlds largest IT research and advisory firms.  Our featured analyst has been focused on Application Development and Integration for over 24 years and has great insights on the topic of Technical Debt.  Several areas will be covered including:

  • Measure debt continuously to control TCO of the application lifecycle
  • Include debt measurement in project management and prioritization
  • How to explain the business value of debt control to executive stakeholders
  • Effective ways to balance new requirement demands with technical refactoring
  • Understanding your accumulated Technical Debt and techniques to bring it under control

To register or learn more about this upcoming webinar click here.



Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time: 11am-12pm EDT (8:30pm IST, 5pm CEST, 4pm UK, 3pm GMT, 8am PDT)


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Jonathan Bloom Writer, Blogger & PR Consultant
Jonathan is an experienced writer with over 20 years writing about the Technology industry. Jon has written more than 750 journal and magazine articles, blogs and other materials that have been published throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has expertise in a wide range of subjects within the IT industry including software development, enterprise software, mobile, database, security, BI, SaaS/Cloud, Health Care IT and Sustainable Technology. In his free time, Jon enjoys attending sporting events, cooking, studying American history and listening to Bruce Springsteen music.
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