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Define "Application" Based On Your Context To Avoid False Starts In Your Rationalization Efforts

January 26, 2011

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  • By Phil Murphy
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • Sander Rose

Why Read This Report

Debate over the definition of the term "application" is needlessly stalling application rationalization, application portfolio management (APM), and application benchmarking efforts, based on the faulty assumption that there is only one correct definition for the term. For example, the definition an application developer uses to identify the technical boundaries of an application is needlessly technical and granular for application portfolio management (APM) and rationalization purposes. Don't allow analysis paralysis to lead your efforts astray, causing you to seek a one-size-fits-all definition for the term application. Instead, set a workable definition based on your context.

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