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Refocus Application Rationalization Toward Business Service Optimization

Right-Sized Business Services Replace One-Size-Fits-All Rationalization Objectives

October 10, 2013


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Your business model is embedded in your applications and technology. The alignment of the application portfolio with the business's strategy and operating model is a key element in business performance and the execution of strategy. Enterprise architecture (EA) professionals are often asked to lead or direct application consolidation, but they can struggle with defining the target state and building a business case. You must replace a narrow focus on the number of applications with an understanding of the relationship of the app portfolio to how the business wishes to operate. Business services, derived from a capability map, provide a viewpoint to connect the target operating model to an optimized app portfolio. This helps create a vision that business leaders can understand, and it helps build a business justification to sustain application rationalization programs. This report, the third in a series, describes how to use business services to shift the rationalization discussion toward alignment with the business model.

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Table of Contents

  • Your App Portfolio Embodies Your Business — For Good Or Bad
  • Drive Application Rationalization From Your Operating Model
  • Build The Rationalization Case On Business Service Optimization

  • App Rationalization Is An Optimization, Not A Clean-Up Exercise

  • Business Capabilities Plus Business Services Are The New EA Center
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