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April 8, 2021: “On the Clock” – A Hard Hitting Look at Technical Debt

Thursday, April 08, 2021, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
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Most of my peers know me as the brains behind Inuendo, an open source database model and API layer. But I'm just an IBM i geek like everyone else. Check out my open source projects on GitHub under CFBURNS. We've all seen the national debt clock, fictitious to some, but a real threat to our country. Closer to home is another threat just as serious and yet just as fictitious to some. We're talking about your organization's technical debt. Not the lease payments on your Power system, but rather the sum total of hidden exposures and future expenses that are brought about by less than optimal practices. Every company has it. The key is minimizing if not eliminating it through better practice, technology and collaboration. Join me as we explore some of the worst examples of technical debt and how to stop the bleeding, All while putting it into terms that your boss will understand. What we will cover during my session: 1. Understand the concept of technical debt and its adverse effects on an organization. 2. Be able to convey this message to non-technical C-level managers. 3. Take steps to eliminate (pay down) technical debt and prevent it from accruing in the future. Burns is a technology expert specializing in IBM Midrange Computer based business systems, solutions architecture, database design, programming, telecommunications, desktop technology, web enablement and technical education. For 33 years, Chris Burns has focused on empowerment solutions for organizations challenged by aging software systems, obsolete I.T. procedures, and out-of-date technical staff skills. These solutions are designed to optimize existing investments and provide a low risk, manageable improvement path with early and frequent payback points.