What is technical debt and how you can save 20-30% on your current IT
Managing a large-scale IT department means investing heavily in infrastructure you can rely on. For some departments investing in IT still equals talking hardware to stack away in a cellar, but that is often a costly and resource consuming affair – in both the short and the long run.
Making investments in one of the most innovative and versatile branches out there means that what you invest in today will be outdated by tomorrow. Many IT departments know that this causes an issue, but most can only see the tip of the iceberg.
PROBLEMS AT THE CORE
Technical Debt is the accumulated costs and long-term effects of using inefficient and/or outdated technology, making quality/time trade-offs, delaying routine maintenance, and using other suboptimal IT practices in the enterprise. Traditional enterprise infrastructure is often loaded with a heavy burden of technical debt, relying on older on-premise technology stacks that require considerable maintenance and management tasks. This is carried out without the availability of any significant centralized control or ready visibility into the overall architecture. Deployment takes weeks or even months to accomplish and technicians and engineers with specialized skills are required to keep the infrastructure operational.
Despite these drawbacks, enterprises often have significant investments in traditional on-premise systems and a reluctance to abandon the core business operations systems.
REDUCE TECHNICAL DEBT – TWO PERSPECTIVES
A) FORECASTS AND BUSINESS CASES
Forecasts, depreciations, and financial assessments become essential tools for enterprise IT when investing heavily into predominantly hardware-driven solutions. The investments do not come without a risk for the business and it requires full transparency on the state of IT both presently and in the future - to assess risk, technical debt, and rightsizing opportunities. This can be a daunting task for a department charged with making sure a full server and application landscape stays updated and fully functional. Often it requires assistance or the addition of further resources to the department.
At CLOUDEON we have achieved impactful results for our customers in applying OpsAI to monitor technical debt and building business cases based on real-time views of their IT infrastructure.
B) A CASE FOR CLOUD?
Enterprises approach technology modernization in different ways, and while some claim that no single model covers all the methods for transforming IT infrastructure, there are some characteristics that are common and even readily available when transitioning to cloud.
Taking advantage of these means that the enterprise has these features available from day one and, because of this, they lower the overall costs of the modernization itself. The common characteristics are:
DEFINE YOUR FUTURE BUSINESS
Technical debt is a decisive parameter in defining the future of your IT strategy. While traditional on-premise investments offer a foreseeable depreciation rate it is susceptible to change, innovation and adjustments of business needs – all of which define many of the modern business practices. Before realizing your next on-premise investment and running “business-as-usual”, we suggest building a business case on your overall business strategy comparatively with th digitalization needs that many enterprises are looking into these days.