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How does SCAD Software ‘Future Proof’ your application from Technical Debt?

What is Technical Debt?

There are a number of definitions and types of technical debt, however, this article refers to what is often known as Environmental technical debt. This is when a Development team fails to actively manage changes in technology, updates, and code maintenance to legacy code over time. This leads to a deteriorated product that requires greater efforts to repair, exposes you to greater security threats and ultimately may lead to the product not being supported.

When you have source code, you automatically have technical debt. The more source code you have the more technical debt you end up having. Technical debt occurs at all stages of a product life cycle – from inception, with the refactoring of source code of an initial implementation because of lack of planning or rushing development through to when change requests occur or any of the above underlying technologies change.


What is Future Proofing

Future-proofing means minimizing the impact on your application from new versions of technology.

Examples of this might include new versions of Web Development Frameworks – for example, VueJS, AngularJS, ReactJS, Blazor, Silverlight, Flash, HTML, Javascript, NPM Modules etc…

Similarly, when you upgrade to the newest version of your Database Technology, or you want to move to a different Database technology. This is particularly pertinent when software vendors discontinue/end of life a particular database or version of that database.

Changes to Programming Language Technologies can also have a material impact e.g. from Server Side Rendering and ASPX Pages to client side front end frameworks like Angular, Vue or React, or API changes from e.g. Rest APIs to gRPC or HTTP to HTTP/2 protocols.

For example, if you have 400 screens in your application, then all 400 screens will have to be changed/refactored.

One of the interesting questions for your development team or software development partner is how much time to they devote to the future-proofing of your application?


How does SCAD Software future-proof my application?

In our approach to successful software development we minimise the use of programming languages in a bid to reduce the overall size (of the code base) and hence complexity of the application.

Instead of a programming language that will go through multiple version changes over any period of time, we make extensive use of Metadata, which is programming language agnostic and doesn’t suffer from the overhead of new releases.

The implication of this is that instead of having to refactor or make extensive changes to all your source code that will appear through your application, we only need to change our template screens instead of the whole application, and we just need to change the translation layer that talks to the metadata.

When a new version of technology comes onto the market, that you want to use in your application all we need to do is make a one-time change to the translation layer and then the application can automatically take advantage of that technology.

This makes it much easier to safeguard our customers from frequent changes in technology. This leads to two major benefits for our clients:

Maintaining an application that has been created using the SCAD Software Framework is much easier than a similar application created by a programming language.

It should mean that you can significantly extend the life of the application without having to rewrite the application as a result of ageing technology. Today this window is narrowing for many clients from what was 5-6 years can now be as frequent as every 2-3 years.

We future-proof our client’s applications as a part of our in-life Management of their solution and is in our view a hall mark of successful software development.

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Dawie Martins

Head of Client Success and Product Management

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Dawie Martins has cultivated expertise in diverse technology-related businesses across various sectors, including Retail, Hospitality, and Consultancy. His journey, which has taken him from a developer's role to Product Management, uniquely positions Dawie to lead the charge in Customer Success and Product Management services for our clients. 

In his role as Head of Customer Success, Dawie operates at the intersection of commerce and technology. His mission is to ensure the seamless translation of commercial imperatives into highly effective software applications that not only meet but exceed the outcomes specified by our clients. 

For clients engaging SCAD Software to build applications destined for the market, Dawie and his team offer Fractional Product Management Services. They become invaluable partners in crafting and maintaining a product roadmap, assuming the mantle of the product champion within the client organization. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients' visions are realized efficiently and effectively. 

Dawie's wealth of experience and his dedication to driving success for our clients make him an indispensable part of SCAD Software's commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. 

Shawn De Wet

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn De Wet brings to SCAD Software over two decades of unparalleled expertise in software systems delivery. His career exemplifies a relentless pursuit of problem-solving excellence and a commitment to end-user satisfaction, achieved through meticulous system architecture and design. Proficient in core enterprise ERP systems, Shaun's recent achievements stand as a testament to his prowess, including the conception and successful launch of two cutting-edge SaaS products on the robust Azure platform. 

While Shawn's professional accolades are impressive, his vitality extends beyond the confines of the office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, as evidenced by his passion for mountain biking, Shawn's dynamic and adventurous spirit infuses our technological endeavors with a fresh perspective and boundless energy. 

At SCAD Software, Shawn leads the charge in Operational Delivery of Client solutions. He heads the development team and works closely with our valued clients to ensure they realize their desired outcomes from our technology solutions. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is a driving force behind our success. 

Andy Fensham

Founder, Chief Architect

Andy Fensham's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to reshape the software development landscape. With a background in global banking software consultancy, he founded SCAD Software in 1998 with a visionary goal – to address the mounting technical debt that was becoming a liability for businesses worldwide. 

Andy's unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen empowers our clients with pragmatic, robust software solutions that yield tangible results. Recognizing the risks posed by outdated software, he pioneered an innovative approach to custom software development, consistently delivering large-scale projects at an astonishing pace – 75% faster than traditional methods. 

Andy's dedication not only safeguards our clients' future but also cements SCAD Software's position as an industry trailblazer. He continues to lead our innovation roadmap, constantly seeking new ways to enhance our offerings with more examples of how we can turn “minutes to seconds”. 

Shaun Orpen

Group CEO

With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the Technology and Telecoms sectors, Shaun Orpen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Group CEO. His journey began with the groundbreaking entry of Microsoft Excel into the UK market, a stepping stone that eventually led him to play pivotal roles on the UK Executive Board during Microsoft's meteoric rise from £10 million to £1 billion in revenue. 

During his tenure at Orange, Shaun spearheaded the division responsible for catering to Small and Medium Businesses in the UK. Since then, he has continued to shape the success of a number of small and global technology enterprises, leveraging his strategic acumen and commercial leadership. 

Shaun's unwavering commitment to the convergence of technology and business is evident in his track record of elevating every organization he's been a part of. As the driving force behind SCAD Software's commercial endeavors, Shaun is leading our expansion across the UK, Europe, and the USA. 

His steadfast ethical stance, mirrored by his partner Andy Fensham, forms the bedrock of SCAD Software's principles, defining our approach to client interactions and business dealings. 

Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore's illustrious career speaks volumes about his leadership capabilities. With a rich background spanning diverse industries such as Retail, Events, Technology, Telecoms, and Media, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to craft and execute growth, differentiation, and exit strategies in highly competitive markets. 

As the visionary Founder/CEO of multiple successful ventures, Stephen has guided five companies from their inception to remarkable exits and IPOs, including the noteworthy £117 million listing of Expocentric Plc on Techmark 2000. His track record extends beyond entrepreneurship; he has played a pivotal role in over 40 companies as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Consultant, and Advisor, raising more than £85 million in private and public markets. 

What sets Stephen apart is his global perspective, cultivated through extensive work in the UAE, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and EMEA. This international experience enriches SCAD Software's strategic direction, making him an invaluable asset in our mission to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation and empower our clients to achieve enduring success.