From Clutter to Control - Time to Spring Clean the Applications Portfolio - Slide 3

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Visibility is needed to gain a line of sight into your applications portfolio. Organizations are often spending 70 percent or more of their technology budget on “keeping the lights on” – some of which is used to maintain rogue and redundant applications.

Making a list of everything in your wardrobe will help you better determine what you’ve actually got and how you would like to see it organized. The same holds true for your applications. You also need an accurate and complete inventory of what’s in your overall applications portfolio to help you define a business and technical architecture to build toward. For each application, you’ll want to know where it resides, who’s responsible for it, how much it costs, the effort to support it, and its business value and associated risks.

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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