From Clutter to Control - Time to Spring Clean the Applications Portfolio - Slide 5

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Sometimes you get attached to the items in your closet and it is tough to take an independent view of the value of everything. In those cases, it is best to work with a professional organizer to help you with the inventory and assessing process.

It is also wise to enlist the support of an applications expert to help make decisions based on the business and cost value of your applications, thus removing some of the human element behind the decisions. Some experts will also use software to help with this analysis to drive even higher sets of standards.

But remember, not all applications are created equal. You will also need the business case and identification of investment options to fund the cleanup

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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