Best Practice Report

Refocus Application Rationalization Toward Business Service Optimization

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

October 10th, 2013
Alex Cullen, null
Alex Cullen
Henry Peyret, null
Henry Peyret
With contributors:
Gordon Barnett , Mike Gilpin , Gene Leganza , Abigail Komlenic


Your business model is embedded in your applications and technology, and it’s important to align the application portfolio with the business’s strategy and operating model. EA professionals are often asked to lead or direct application consolidation, but they can struggle. 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 provide a viewpoint to connect the target operating model to an optimized app portfolio. 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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