The need for effective application rationalization is ever increasing, motivated by the unrelenting pace of change, an operational dependence on technology, and the associated spiraling costs. The number, nature and cost of applications should all be focused around the business value they offer. But where do you start?
Often the full application portfolio is unknown, with information residing in a complex landscape of systems, people and artifacts.
Even if the portfolio is known, ongoing management is laborious and error prone, relying on the maintenance of Excel and other MS Office documents. Collaboration and communication is rendered extremely difficult.
Time Consuming and Costly Assessment
Gathering vital data from application owners to understand how rationalization impacts and informs decision making is vital, but often tedious and reliant on expensive consultancy to conduct interviews and assessments.
Key information pertinent to the rationalization effort may be stored in disparate systems, such as CMDBs, making it difficult to collate
Organizations attempt to devise methodologies for assessing or scrutinizing the portfolio, or for structuring application portfolio data without knowledge of industry best practices or methods. Often, this results in a directionless or drawn out project.
Lack of Visibility
Teams undertaking rationalization often lack the tools and techniques required to efficiently and effectively visualize application data.
Kicking off an application rationalization project will require input, such as:
By following these steps, at the end of this typical four-week application rationalization project, you should expect: