From Clutter to Control - Time to Spring Clean the Applications Portfolio - Slide 6

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Now that you have made the hard choices, it is time to clean that closet. Replace missing items from your wardrobe, repair favorites. And, if you are a creative type, sew some new pieces.

With regards to your portfolio, this is the phase where you execute the roadmap you created for your applications. Each application is different and you may take a different approach based upon what is best for that specific application. You might re-host it to a lower-cost, higher-performance platform as an interim solution. You may replace it with a packaged application. You may re-architect it by building a new application but leveraging the business logic in the legacy applications. Or, you might just retire it all together. Each of these strategies is effective and should be a part of your plan.

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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