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Application Portfolio Analysis Tool

November 27, 2012

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Why Read This Report

In IT services sourcing, the strategic decisions and vendor selection process for your company’s applications and infrastructures (A&I) are critical. Your service requirements and ability to meet business demands are largely based on your existing app portfolio, and the future of your A&I services will be designed around it. This is why the analysis of your existing app portfolio is a critical activity within the sourcing life cycle. The app portfolio analysis can answer questions like, "Who are the right sourcing candidates?" "What is the right sourcing option for A&I services?" "What capabilities should the right vendors have?" and "What are the right contract statements to mitigate the A&I sourcing risks?" Companies that rush or bypass their portfolio analysis risk making mismatched, misaligned sourcing decisions. Use this app portfolio analysis for both assessing your applications or application suites to identify the right candidates for sourcing and their sourcing complexity based on technical and business criteria (application rating categories), and collecting additional information about the applications for identifying vendor selection criteria, A&I dependencies, current allocated resources (costs or man days), and security and capacity requirements. For a more in-depth explanation of application portfolio analysis, see the October 25, 2012, "Critical Sourcing Decisions Depend On Your Application Portfolio Analysis" Forrester report.

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