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Road Notes on It's time to drive real effects in application rationalization through the Tolerate, Invest, Migrate or Eliminate (TIME) methodology

Published: 19 October 2012

ID: G00245891

Analyst(s): Jeffery DePasquale, Valentin Sribar


Air Combat Command (ACC), a U.S. Air Force Major Air Command, is proactively and systematically responding to both current and future budget cuts to its $788 million annual spend in mission IT portfolios (e.g., command and control, battle management) using the Gartner Tolerate, Invest, Migrate or Eliminate (TIME) application rationalization methodology. ACC has uniquely codified the employment of TIME through strong executive sponsorship, unambiguous charter, proactive and multitiered governance, comprehensive and relevant decision criteria, and even dry-running the process to evaluate desired rationalization outcomes. As such, and as observed during a September 2012 Council of Colonels meeting (comprising all functional/business areas), ACC’s application of the TIME framework meets the intended rationalization objectives — but will also drive unexpected second-, third- and fourth-order effects that could spawn portfolio management improvements throughout the larger Air Force, and maybe even the Department of Defense.

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