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What Comes Next After Application Assessment?

Application Assessments Are Only A First Step Toward Rationalization

January 26, 2011

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  • By Phil Murphy
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • Emily Fowler-Cornfeld

Why Read This Report

Application rationalization is a hot topic for many applications professionals and also draws the attention of enterprise architects and CIOs. Most organizations begin by compiling an inventory of the applications in a portfolio and assessing their applications via metrics collection and stakeholder surveys. Once they have compiled the information, the data often highlights egregious cases of redundant applications and other waste. But what are the next steps? In a world that brings new business challenges every day, how can you focus business leaders on the case to spend resources to shed duplicate applications when what they really want is more new applications? How can you turn your information-gathering exercise into a sustained effort to rationalize and optimize your organization's application portfolio?

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Table of Contents

  • Application Assessments Are A Good Start, But What Should You Do Next?
  • Use The Assessment Information To Create Meaningful Transparency
  • Use The Transparency To Drive Your Rationalization Engine
  • Where To Expect Problems

  • Don't Waste The Forward Momentum Your Assessment Generates
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