For many organizations, applications have gone largely unmanaged since Y2K, the last major application portfolio change event. As a result, application portfolio diversity, duplicity and the non-stop addition of new applications to the IT landscape has generated an overwhelming need for patching, upgrades, support and license maintenance for both IT and application owners alike.
Application rationalization is the first step in gaining control of the application portfolio. By undergoing rationalization, an organization can identify unused, redundant and out of date applications and trim down the portfolio through application elimination, consolidation and modernization. Decreasing the number of applications in the portfolio can help reduce the scope and cost of testing and remediating applications for migration projects. When rationalization is established as a business as usual practice, it can help reduce application portfolio lifecycle management, costs and risk on an ongoing basis.
How can AppRx help me Rationalize my application portfolio?
AppRx as a SaaS-based platform provides automated rationalization of an organization’s portfolio and identifies applications that should be retired, consolidated or modernized in order to eliminate redundancy and improve portfolio health in minutes.
Application Rationalization Analysis:
- Are there multiple versions of the same application? Can they be upgraded?
- Are there multiple, different applications that perform the same function?
- Is the application used? How often?
- How many users use the application? Is the application critical to their job?
- What is the business value of the application?
- How old is the application (vs. current release)?
- Does it have the latest security patch?
- When does support end / or has it ended?
- How frequent are new releases?
- For which platforms is it supported? Is it supported on the latest platform?
- Is there an upgrade available? Is the application upgradable?
Benefits of Rationalization
The benefits of application rationalization and establishing an ongoing business-as-usual rationalization practice include:
- Reducing the overall maintenance and support costs for the application portfolio
- Driving efficiency for test, patch and upgrade processes
- Improving adaptability to IT changes (i.e. Windows 7, 8)
- Reducing the number of vendor agreements to be managed
- Reducing risk in the portfolio due to out of date, unsupported applications