Tech Debt 2.0: How to Future Proof Your Small Business and Improve Your Bottom Line is, as its title implies, an instructive look at the menace tech debt poses to small and medium sized businesses in a fast-changing world. Author Michael Fillios does excellent work relating to the reader and sharing an immense amount of information within a small frame. The length of the book shouldn’t discourage anyone, especially its target audience of business professionals, because Fillios manages to cover a large amount of territory. Even a single reading illustrates the amount of thought Fillios has put into this subject and his twenty-five years immersed in the world of change leadership, finance, and operations management, among other areas. He is now founder and CEO of The IT Ally Institute, a nonprofit devoted to providing small and medium-sized businesses access to practical tools, knowledge, and research. This pedigree gives him both the authority and expertise for such a book. 


He writes in a helpful and easy to follow voice. The conversational style of his writing helps Fillips get across his message and lead the reader without them ever succumbing to boredom; tech debt, arguably, is not the sexiest subject in the world. Fillios enlivens the reader experience, however, thanks to the use of quotations from individuals throughout the text and brings tasteful amount of personality to bear as well. He’s a wise writer, however, and never allows the book to come off too light as a result. The book’s length makes it ideal for its target audience; individuals running small to medium-sized businesses are unlikely to spend a great deal of time reading books, even those such as these, and condensing his thoughts and prescriptions for this subject is another intelligent decision. 

Fillios separates the book into three parts. He makes his case for the book in its opening before moving into an examination of flaws will undercut the bottom lines “C-Suite” (i.e. small to medium-sized businesses) organizations in the future. This is the center of the book and its lengthiest section; it is an impressive overview, equally grounded in data and outside references. The third part of the book is where Fillios gives readers his framework for “future proofing” small and medium-sized businesses and it provides Tech Debt 2.0 with a satisfying finish. 


Readers won’t find any illustrations or graphics in the book, but there is extra material following its conclusion. Fillios has included a diagnostic readers can employ with their own business worded and structed alike in a direct way. Fillios relies on his own “voice”, marshals a considerable amount of data, and writes in a relaxed manner that never taxes the reader’s patience. Tech Debt 2.0: How to Future Proof Your Small Business and Improve Your Bottom Line is an invaluable addition to literature of this type and should likely prove to be an ongoing resource for those value this sort of material. It’s safe to assume, as well, that it won’t lose its relevancy any time soon.

Garth Thomas