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From Clutter to Control - Time to Spring Clean the Applications Portfolio - Slide 8

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A one-time cleaning of your closet will not keep it picture perfect for always. Continual cleaning is required via an organized approach, or things will fall into disarray once again. Celebrate each victory as you accomplish your ongoing goals. You roadmap should include individual projects that each provide value to your organization. Enjoy these victories, but stay on the path. Use application portfolio management (APM) software to continue to rationalize your portfolio on a regular basis. Your business will continue to change and now that you have a continual improvement process in place, IT can confidently free up resources for growth and innovation, and to better align itself with the business as a whole.

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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