It seems that the most common buzzword in the technology world today is “modernization”, and it means something slightly different to everyone. Because of the inconsistency in what exactly modernization means, it is even more daunting to implement into your culture and the roadmap for your business.
When approaching modernization in the workplace, the most important thing is to start. It can feel like you’ve reached the finish line when you have finally reached go-live with an application. However, as important as it is to celebrate this success, it’s also important to remember that your technical debt begins the moment an app goes live.
Putting off modernization is an expensive choice to make over time and a failure of risk management. Technology is always moving and changing around us – sometimes at an overwhelming speed. The important thing to remember is that prioritizing modernization does not mean that you are committing to always be on the bleeding edge. It means you are committing to being proactive to the changes in technology and not reactively placing band-aids on broken, legacy code.
When looking in from outside the world of programming, there can be a misconception that the goal is to make something strikingly complex to prove the strength of your code. That could not be farther from the truth. Complexity is in the enemy. Simplicity is key.
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