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What is Enterprise Technical Debt?

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posted on 2022-12-06, 17:00 authored by Stephany BellomoStephany Bellomo

During architecture evaluations, we typically identify technical-debt issues within a single system or project. However, the impact of  technical debt often reaches beyond the scope of a single system or  project. In our work, we refer to this form of technical debt as enterprise technical debt.  Like all technical debt, enterprise technical debt consists of choices  expedient in the short term, but often problematic over the long term.  Ignoring enterprise technical debt can have significant consequences, so  architects should be alert for it, and they should not let it get  overlooked or ignored when they come across it. In this post, I provide  examples of enterprise technical debt (and the risk it represents) taken  from real-world projects. 


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