Cleaning up

When you are thinking about your Windows migration project, you may have identified some dependencies, along with a bunch of nice-to-haves that you would like to have in place as well. This may include a migration to System Center 2012, or a cleanup and upgrade of your AD environment etc. Along with cleaning up your application portfolio through a rationalization effort, these projects will provide you some great benefits now, and in the long term. By rolling out effective tools and using them to their full potential, you will reduce the time you spend on basic day-to-day tasks. Similarly, by...

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Everyone knows Windows XP support ends in a year. So what?

Next week you will see a ton of articles and blogs about the demise of Windows XP in April of 2014. As you are already well aware, there is only 1 year left of support for that operating system, and you are probably doing something about it in your organization already. There is no reason to continue to tell you the ramifications, either. Since you know you are going to need to do something or have most likely started, you are probably looking for ways to make the transition to your new platform(s) easier. One of the ways to simplify your migration is to reduce the scope of apps you need to...

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Tread carefully

Here we are in March of 2013, and there are a slew of articles coming out on the impending demise of Windows XP, along with some statistics and guesses on what the adoption numbers are so far for Windows 7 and 8. The consensus is that over 80% of organizations have at least addressed their migration in some way. Anyway, it’s not so much the articles that are interesting, but more so the comments from readers that are usually found underneath. There seems to be discontent and confusion from some folks about the release of Windows 7 and, just a few years later, Windows 8. A lot of people are...

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Why is Application Rationalization not just an IT Issue?

Why is application rationalization not just an IT issue? It affects the business as well. Let me explain… whenever we meet a customer their primary thought of application rationalization is get the information from the vendor (which could take months and months) and then move the applications to Windows – 7/8 or Virtualization and forget them until the next version of Windows or Virtualization technology comes available and then the process needs to be done all over again. However, our job is to educate the masses on the importance of application rationalization fitting into the...

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Objective of rationalization is to provide the intelligence to drive smarter modernization and retirement decisions

Application rationalization can be defined as a process designed to justify the existence of an application within your portfolio. To properly perform app rationalization, you need to create and adhere to a set of criteria that can help you make the best decisions for your business. The primary goal should be to answer the following question about each app: Does this application provide any business value to the organization? If the answer is ‘no’, the most likely action is to drop the app from your portfolio, or at least define it as an unmanaged application. Of course there will be...

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Making portfolio management a little bit easier.

Collection of inventory information is still a challenge for most organizations, especially if they haven’t yet implemented a formal application tracking system. Those systems that have the ability to scan an environment for installed programs will report back with a lot of extraneous information that is not critical to the task at hand when looking to migrate a portfolio to a new system. Drivers, patches and other installed bits can clog up the inventory view with information that you probably don’t need to care about. This is a pervasive problem regardless of the system that you...

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