The Principles of Application Consolidation



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Consolidating applications simplifies the portfolio, reduces IT costs and facilitates the standardization of business processes. To be successful, application consolidation initiatives must be led by business managers with IT support.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 In Praise of Application Duplication
    • 2.0 The Drawbacks of Application Duplication
    • 3.0 The Sources of Application Duplication
    • 4.0 Core and Contextual Application Duplication
    • 5.0 The Four Modes of Application Consolidation
      • 5.1 Instance Consolidation
      • 5.2 Application Reduction
      • 5.3 Application Standardization
      • 5.4 Application Migration
    • 6.0 Application Consolidation for Core Applications
    • 7.0 Application Consolidation for Contextual Applications
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