From Clutter to Control - Time to Spring Clean the Applications Portfolio - Slide 4

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When we clean our closets, we review each article of clothing to determine which items still fit, which need to be tailored, and which are just plain out of style. Once you have reviewed and amassed a deeper level of understanding of the portfolio, you are now ready to decide which apps are getting good mileage and which are simply taking up space.

Categorize each application based on its criticality to the business and the complexity to support it. Ask yourself the question, “Is this application still delivering a competitive advantage and increasing efficiency?” Don’t be an applications packrat. If your answer is no, you may want to consider dumping it. If it is indeed critical to the business, you will want to mark it as an application to keep and possibly update.

The biggest single business issue that many IT organizations wrestle with is trying to contain the size of the applications portfolio they are asked to manage. Many organizations simply fail to take a hard look at which applications can be retired and, as a result, the cost of the IT infrastructure needed to support all those applications spirals out of control. Here are some tips from Hewlett-Packard about how to rationally clean up the applications portfolio.

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