Leading in 3D: Managing Technical Debt in Digital Transformation

Leading in 3D: Managing Technical Debt in Digital Transformation

This IDC study explores the concept of technical debt as it applies to digital transformation initiatives. Technical debt allows IT and business leaders to understand the pitfalls of a fast IT/slow IT approach and the role that continuous integration plays in turning digital transformation initiatives into sustainable competitive advantage. Scalable digital transformation requires innovations to be continuously integrated into the enterprise IT infrastructure in the form of business services. Not doing so results in a backlog of necessary work or "technical debt." Like financial debt, this technical debt, must be paid down, with interest. Failure to address the debt will ultimately end in a bankrupt digital transformation.This study focuses on three IT Executive Program practice areas: Leading in 3D, digital transformation, and IT strategy and governance."Technical debt provides a powerful metaphor for IT and business leaders," says Mike Rosen, research vice president with IDC's IT Executive Program. "IDC's Leading in 3D approach attacks technical debt head on by continuously integrating innovations and incorporating them into the fabric of enterprise IT."

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