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For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

The State Of Application Rationalization

February 22, 2013

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Authors

  • By Alan Mac Neela
  • with Alex Cullen,
  • Mackenzie Cahill

Why Read This Report

Many enterprise architects (EAs) have been rationalizing application and technology portfolios for some time, and the experience shows. It is a stable, relatively successful initiative that engages EAs in discussions with executives to champion the process. However, once beyond initial stages, rationalization can become more difficult as you encounter complexity and application and technology usage entrenchment. To address this, EAs must sharpen the specificity of their justifications in order to win over stakeholders with multiple demands on constrained funding.

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Table of Contents

  • Rationalization Is A Stable And Relatively Successful EA Practice
  • The Ability To Persuade Trumps Technical Expertise And Resources
  • The "How" And "How Much" Are Just As Important As The "Why"
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Build Sharper Business Cases
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents