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October 31, 2014

How Outsourcing Can Lower the Technical Debt Ceiling

Technical debt related to IT can inhibit business growth and lead to serious long-term problems for your company.

Outsourcing is increasingly the top method being utilized to revamp IT coding architecture and revitalize legacy IT systems and for software companies across the globe.

Here is information on the importance of reversing your technical debt and how outsourcing is helping improve the business outlook for many software companies.

The Importance of Reversing Technical Debt

Technical debt should be understood as a cumulative process that highlights the dangers of poor coding, improper software architecture, and poor system design. These factors can add up as a “debt” if not remedied, will lead to even more difficulties in fixing these issues the longer times goes by.

Often, technical debt arises when legacy systems are not scalable to new projects, which means that your old software or code simply no longer applies to new scenarios and products. This is frequently seen when designing for new mobile applications or updating software to include new features. It’s also possible that entirely new systems begin to incur technical debt even before they are released, mainly due to poor coding and improper planning and architecture from the very start.

Identifying the Expected Value of the Project and Estimated ROI

Reversing technical debt related to IT systems can be time consuming, but outsourcing is one of the best ways to do it. Outsourced programmers can go through your system and work on old problems while you devote more resources to tackling future problems, helping you stay innovative and continue your growth trajectory.

It’s possible that your current engineers don’t have the time or experience with the intricacies of working on technical debt solutions Outsourcing helps you improve your ROI by lowering costs and turning to developers who have ample experience in improving legacy systems and ensuring new code is correct the first time around.  When identifying the value of a project, try to evaluate future costs related to improper coding from the very beginning, as this will give you a much better idea of the costs technical debt can incur on a company.

Working with the Right Programmers and Developers

Programmers often turn to shortcuts and other improper techniques when working on IT software and network solutions. That could mean something as simple as pasting in a block of outside code that might work for the short-term, but create problems down the road. Technical debt could also be due to the complexity of a project, resulting in programmers who design complicated but unwieldy code when a much simpler solution is available.

The bugs and impaired functionality of these problems add up over time, threatening the long-term stability and profitability of a product. That’s why finding an outsourced programming team isn’t just about looking for the cheapest, but finding one that provides the best value to your company.

Accelerance has a large network of certified partners who have been selected for their programming skills and track record for fixing technical debt issues and avoiding them to begin with. While the IT industry is facing billions of dollars in losses due to technical debt, we can work with your company to stay ahead of the competition and keep your IT systems clean and dynamic.


Andy Hilliard

As CEO, Andy leads and advocates for the globalization and collaboration of great software teams with companies in search of talent, innovation and a globally-distributed extension of their engineering function and culture. Andy founded the ground-breaking nearshore software development services company, Isthmus Costa...

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