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Technical Debt: A Framework for Critical, Unfunded Technical Liabilities

Technical Debt: A Framework for Critical, Unfunded Technical Liabilities

This IDC study explores the concept of technical debt as it applies to operations and digital transformation initiatives. It provides a powerful metaphor for CIOs, CFOs, and IT and business leaders to have a business-oriented conversation about critical unfunded technical liabilities that put the enterprise at risk, threaten ongoing operations, and invite newspaper headlines. IDC's framework for technical debt attacks technical debt head-on by putting debt in the context of benefits, consequences, costs, and risks and allowing organizations to maximize value by optimizing debt management activities and funding.This study focuses on three IT Executive Program practice areas: Leading in 3D, strategic architecture, 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. "By putting technology decisions in the context of unfunded liabilities, risk, and costs, IT and leadership can finally have a meaningful conversation about how to deal with it."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
IDC's Framework for Technical Debt
Benefits and Consequences
What We've Got Here Is Failure to Communicate
Debt Management
>Make Debt Visible and Keep Track of It
>Make Risk-Based Decisions
>Factor Debt into the IT Product Life-Cycle Costs
>Use Technical Debt to Communicate
>Integrate Technical Debt into Enterprise Planning
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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