AppRx Application Compliance
IT organizations can set Application Portfolio Compliance factors that will impact the management, licensing and support of the overall portfolio to help rationalize their applications into a more supportable status. Whether these factors are driven by Enterprise Architecture policies, external certification requirements (ISO, HIPPA, COBIT) or simply proactive IT optimization – AppRx has the tools and intelligence to assist IT with enforcing these policies and managing Application Portfolio Risk levels.
Application Version Management
IT organizations may want to limit their operational support to only one or two versions of an application to reduce the overhead of testing, patching and support. Using AppRx’s N-Minus report can bring a level of standardization to the application portfolio and raise awareness to management regarding the need for older versions of an application to be maintained.
An organization may also want to limit the number of versions behind the most current release of an application that they allow their software to fall behind. It is sometimes too easy to leave applications un-tended that they soon lose vendor support or reach end of life. The AppRx Risk Assessment report allows you to get a clear picture of what is falling behind.
As the application portfolio ages without upgrades, there is a high risk that a stand-alone applications or an application component in a solution could be near the end of support available from the software publisher. This could create a support risk if this component causes issues with other components within the system or requires direct assistance from the vendor.
This may lead to expensive extended support agreements or incident-by-incident costs with the vendor to get support for old/retired versions. You can use the End of Support report or End of Life report from AppRx to mitigate this risk.
Depending on an application or the source of one of its components, there may be a high-rate of patches and upgrades required from the vendor. In many cases software publishers will enforce a specific release schedule for their applications, where others may frequently upgrade or patch their applications for fixes and enhancements.
Use of Open Source applications may have more volatility than vendor supplied applications. Volatile applications will also move out of the portfolio management compliance factors more quickly and require extra attention from IT support specialists and business application owners to address these changes.
The best way is to review AppRx’s Frequency of Releases report to determine the degree of volatility for the applications.