Companies that want to take advantage of cloud technologies are often flummoxed by the technical debt they\u2019ve accumulated. They need to modernize their application stacks to respond quickly to competitive disruption, changing industry regulations, and new business opportunities. But the economic and technical challenges of modernizing legacy apps can seem daunting.\n\nA group of IT practitioners, consultants, and influencers weighed into those challenges during an #IDGTechTalk Twitter chat on Jan. 27, sponsored by @USTglobal. Bottom line: the challenges aren\u2019t new and the sooner you move to address them the quicker you can reap the benefits. (Just don\u2019t get them started on documentation!)\n\nModerated by former CIO and author of Driving Digital, Isaac Sacolick (@nyike), the discussion quickly identified a big issue impacting mature companies and what to do about it:\n\n\n\nParticipants were eager to pinpoint the benefits of modernization:\n\nCost savings were viewed as a plus, but hardly the preeminent benefit:\n\nUnderstanding what you have is key to understanding how to move forward:\n\nTechnical debt can often seem overwhelming when IT leaders ponder modernization:\n\nDon\u2019t feel you have to go it alone:\n\nThen there\u2019s the issue of documentation, which turned into one of the hottest hot buttons of this @IDGTechTalk:\n\nClick on any of the links above to delve into the @IDGTECHtalk at greater length.\n\nAnd for more insights into how to move forward with modernization and transformation, including deep expertise in identifying and addressing technical debt, visit UST.com.