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How do you overcome technical debt to drive true digital transformation?

Unlocking tech debt: a blueprint for success

November 14, 2019 10:00 am GMT

CIOs have always been tech savvy. But increasingly, they’re asked to be business savvy, too. They need to be fluent in translating the value of technologies for the business, to work as trailblazers and change agents, and partner with the business to drive digital transformation.

But CIOs face a serious challenge in this new role. They need to overcome technical debt. This might take the form of brittle, point-to-point integrations designed as workarounds or to solve specific use cases; it could manifest as extensive amounts of custom programming; it could mean a lack of data governance, making it difficult (if not impossible) to ensure data quality or consistency; or it could mean data siloes or poor data sharing capabilities. Often it is a combination of all the above.

Indeed, recent IDG research suggests that 51% of IT leaders have stalled or abandoned their digital transformation efforts, with 64% citing legacy systems as their biggest challenge.

So how can CIOs drive true digital transformation and reduce costs by conquering technical debt within their organisation? How can they improve data sharing, connect multiple applications, reduce human error and increase customer satisfaction? Furthermore, how they can build net new revenue streams, as well as build new or improved products, using data? Join us to find out.

Discussion Points

  • Why does digital transformation matter? What are the obstacles to digital transformation, and which models are proving successful?
  • What does the concept of technical debt mean to your organisation, and what are the critical steps to managing it?
  • How are you building net new revenue streams, or improving/augmenting existing product lines, using data?
Adam Burns
Moderator
Adam Burns
Editor-in-chief and Presenter at MeetTheBoss TV
Derek Thompson
Industry Expert
Derek Thompson
Vice President EMEA at Dell Boomi