Technical debt is estimated to cost businesses $5 trillion in the next 10 years.

The missed opportunity is even greater.

Technical debt is the coding you have to do tomorrow because someone took shortcuts to release it today — and right now, it’s costing $6k a second. That’s money spent rewriting and maintaining code that was written with a short-term mindset. It’s $500M+ a day that could be spent on innovation, on new ideas, on letting your devs seize opportunities before your competitors can.

OutSystems surveyed IT leaders around the globe to understand the growing threat of technical debt. Here are the results.

The Culprits


Time Pressure

Development teams often release applications that aren't full-featured or that don’t have key capabilities because of pressure to deliver on an accelerated timeline. A few teams even shortchange performance and quality to get to market quicker.

Constant Change

Even full-featured applications completed on time may arrive in the marketplace already out of date. Ever-increasing customer expectations, the rise of new market opportunities and threats as well as developer turnover creates ongoing challenges for IT leaders. 


Outdated Technology

Developing modern applications typically involves a number of different coding languages, developer frameworks and libraries, which can become outdated or not supported each year. What you choose today could be outmoded tomorrow.

But You Can Get Out of Technical Debt

Our modern application platform lets you adapt, evolve and improve your apps as and when your business needs them. Build fast, but also build for the future without the worry of tech debt.

Build it Fast

A visual, model-driven development environment with industry-leading AI-based assistance ensures apps are built in days or weeks instead of months or years.

Build it Right

Integrated tools and automation services that ensure modern, enterprise-grade, cloud-native applications are secure, resilient, manageable, and built to scale.

Build it for Change

An AI-powered automation layer ensures nothing breaks when you make a change. Your apps run seamlessly without rewriting when new technology comes along.

OutSystems surveyed IT leaders around the globe to understand the growing threat of technical debt. Here are the results.

Our Platform Combats Tech Debt in 4 Core Areas

Customer Experience

To offer a truly differentiated customer experience, your apps need to be loaded with features at every touchpoint. Instead of expecting devs to unscramble years of complex code to add chatbots and AI, give them what they need to build fast and modify faster.

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Workplace Innovation

Trying to update unintuitive systems, digitize paper-based processes, and package them up in a single application can really rack up the technical debt. Make it easier for devs to build and update a unified employee experience to keep your staff engaged and attract new talent without going into tech debt.

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Process Automation

Rigid processes built around siloed departments are not conducive to creating and adding to applications that people in the field can use to serve customers effectively. Set your devs up for this constantly changing landscape with a platform for building flexible workflows efficiently.

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System Modernization

Legacy systems that don’t perform like they once did and that are difficult to update and maintain are preventing business growth. Modernize these systems with technology built for change without facing tech debt in the future.

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Customers Triumphing Over Tech Debt

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Architecture Dashboard

Monitor technical debt across your app portfolio with Architecture Dashboard. Visualize complex cross-portfolio architectures and identify problems early.

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Handling technical debt with OutSystems

With TrueChange and Architecture Dashboard developers using OutSystems design apps with minimal technical debt to assure quick updates and easy maintenance.

Accelerate Innovation as an SAP-based Company

Learn how digital transformation can help optimize your business while keeping your SAP as your core system.

JTC Americas Solves Scalability Challenges With OutSystems

With OutSystems, JTC Americas added 50 percent more functionality to their eSTAC platform, replaced several legacy spreadsheets with a new solution that simplifies data entry on the front-end, and significantly improved back-end tracking and reporting processes.

Playbook: Governing Cross-Functional App Development

Learn how to stop tech debt before it starts by involving all stakeholders in your app dev and governing their work.

The Growing Threat of
Technical Debt Report

Technical debt is a serious concern for companies across industries and around the globe, putting a strain on IT staff and diverting critical resources from building new capabilities that are needed to compete. And as the world becomes increasingly digital, the problem will only grow worse, with the cost for businesses compounding over time.

In an effort to increase understanding of the problem, we surveyed companies on their views of technical debt, its costs, causes and possible solutions. 

Download this report to learn what others are saying and gain insight into how you can tackle technical debt in your organization.

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