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What Is Technical Debt in State and Local Governments?

  • 3 mths ago

At the recent midyear conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, state and local leaders agreed the pandemic had revealed the price of carrying legacy technologies, particularly those that may not have been implemented with best practices.

“Across the states, the maturity gap and the technical debt some of us had been holding onto were really exposed,” said Texas CIO Amanda Crawford at the NASCIO conference.

Technical debt refers to the costs associated with having to rework old solutions to support new needs, or the expense of carrying systems that require excessive care and feeding. By taking a hard look at their outdated IT infrastructure, state and local authorities can work to reduce their technical debt.

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