Cleaning a tech stack to improve performance and drive efficiency

By Rob Reid, Technology Evangelist, Cockroach Labs.

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In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, annual evaluations of IT environments are essential. The surge in software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption—companies using 27% more SaaS apps in 2023—underscores this urgency. Organisations must balance economic efficiency with innovation while safeguarding against revenue losses due to technology downtime.
Over 40% of businesses experience revenue setbacks from tech downtime, cloud complexities, and legacy systems. SaaS adoption streamlines operations but can also introduce complexity, especially when managed by different vendors across segmented teams. Simplifying your architecture by routinely prioritising a modern tech stack, remains vital for economic sustainability.
Legacy IT can result in clutter 
With the global enterprise software market expected to grow to $610.09billion in value by 2032, companies will continue to be faced with an ever-expanding tech stack.
Legacy IT systems hinder updates and flexibility, cluttering the tech stack with redundant or outdated applications. These relics invite shadow IT, security risks, and compatibility issues. Outdated legacy systems lack compatibility with newer software, causing headaches for IT teams. Modern cloud-based systems offer flexibility and scalability, allowing easier updates and integration.
To avoid security vulnerabilities and unnecessary workarounds, organisations must establish clear tech-use policies and conduct regular inventories. Retiring outdated technology is crucial—prioritise essential tools over sprawl. By doing so, organisations can simplify their architecture and focus on growth and innovation.
Benefits of a Clean Tech Stack
Continuously reassessing solutions, consolidating tools, and re-evaluating investments can offer numerous benefits:
Reduced Complexity: Eliminating redundant tools reduces complexity, allowing teams to focus on essential tasks.
Resource Optimization: Removing unnecessary tools frees up financial, human, and technical resources for strategic initiatives.
Improved Productivity: Streamlined processes enhance productivity by minimising time spent on managing integrations and troubleshooting.
Enhanced Collaboration: Consistent tool usage across teams facilitates better communication and project management.
Better Data Management: A clean tech stack ensures data consistency and simplifies reporting and analytics.
Security and Compliance: Retiring vulnerable applications enhances security and compliance.
Scalability and Adaptability: A lean stack adapts more easily to changing business needs and integrates new tools seamlessly.
User Experience: A cohesive tech environment improves user satisfaction and work experience.
Efficient Development: A well-chosen tech stack simplifies the development process. It provides a comprehensive infrastructure where all components work harmoniously together.

Next Steps For IT Teams
IT teams should conduct a comprehensive audit to identify active systems and applications within the organisation’s tech stack. This process helps reduce costs, enhance operational performance, and uncover outdated or underutilised apps. This can be a particularly useful exercise in the months before budget planning season.
After identifying unnecessary apps, consider removing them to streamline the stack. Embracing efficient, scalable cloud software can further optimise resources. Additionally, stress testing reveals vulnerabilities, allowing proactive adjustments to prevent system downtime
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