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Franken Apps

I recently finished a video about Franken Apps. The video is a follow-up to my previous post on Technical Debt, but with a “creepy” feel.

What the Heck are Franken Apps?

Franken Apps are typically older applications that either run everything in your business or applications that touch every other system and department. Franken Apps start as new applications, designed and developed to solve a single business problem. As the news of the app’s success spreads, other department start asking for new features and an integration with other business systems.

The app starts to grow. And grow. And grow. A drift begins to occur – and before you know it, the app has horns (and probably a significant amount of technical debt).

What Can You Do?

As I’ve said before, you can ignore the technical debt and the three-armed purple monster that is now running your entire business, but that really won’t do. For some realistic suggestions, check out the video below. If you have any additional ideas, feel fee to leave a comment.


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