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Reframing technical debt

Re-envisioning and repositioning technical debt are requirements for modernisation, for improving your organisation's ability to adapt to change.

A DXC Leading Edge global survey of 750 C-suite information and technology executives, and the DXC Applications Intelligence Engine, reveal these impressive data points:

of executives say that tech debt is on their corporate risk register
of executives say tech debt is closely linked to their ability to pursue digital initiatives
cost savings from tech debt reduction
improving operating margins is the top desired outcome of reducing tech debt

DXC Technology is helping IT and business leaders address the issues that organisations confront as they seek to minimise tech debt and maximise innovation. Here you'll find resources to help you make the shift from tech debt to organisational debt and achieve the ultimate business objective — modernisation.

  • A research-rich report from DXC Leading Edge about moving from technical debt to growth
  • An IDC podcast series equipping stakeholders with the knowledge, tactics and tools they need
  • A guide to dealing with technical debt and preparing for modernisation 

Tackling technical debt: How to get started

This guide provides practical advice for organisations just beginning the journey to addressing tech debt. It will help executives understand the difference between tolerable and toxic tech debt, and better grasp their role in managing both.

A landmark research report

In 2023, DXC Leading Edge asked 750 executives about a challenge that’s preventing them from shaping the future: technical debt. This report discusses how leadership teams can understand and reframe tech debt from a problem that needs to be solved to something that needs to be tackled as part of modernisation efforts. The work encompasses uniting CIOs and CTOs with their counterparts across the enterprise, and addressing organisational architecture and performance management.  

Outlook on technical debt

IDC podcast series

DXC experts discuss how tech debt can constrain an organisation’s growth; how to improve the quality and timeliness of data-driven decision-making; and how to use advanced business strategies to extract maximum value from enterprise data assets.

Executive summary research highlights

DXC Leading Edge provides a view into key results of its research, delivering quick insights into the technical debt challenges that are preventing executives from shaping the future, and how to move forward.

More about re-examining technical debt

Video preview of DXC Leading Edge research

Technical debt is about the organisation, the industry and the market. As the bespoke approach becomes the norm across the enterprise, business and IT leaders will need to come together to overcome the barriers that hinder progress.

News release

A global survey of 750 C-suite information and technology executives commissioned by DXC Leading Edge, has revealed that nearly half (46%) of executives say that technical debt, or tech debt, is inhibiting their ability to innovate and grow.

Thinking differently about technical debt

“Sometimes the spread of tech debt across the organization makes it hard for leaders to step outside of their team view, and this is where a neutral third party can provide a holistic view that lets leaders consider a new perspective.”

Michael Corcoran, Global Lead, Analytics & Engineering, DXC Technology

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Does your organization need help addressing technical debt and planning for modernization?

Schedule a session with our engineering, cloud and applications experts, or do a deep dive into the survey data with our researchers.