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Agenda Overview for Application Strategy and Governance, 2013

Published: 02 January 2013

ID: G00239411

Analyst(s): Matthew Hotle , Bill Swanton


The application strategy and governance agenda provides best practices for leading an application organization, including deriving an application strategy that supports business strategies, research on specific application strategies and approaches to application governance.

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Key Issues

  • What should an application strategy contain, and how should it be created?
  • How can application strategy and governance be segmented (pace-layered) to provide a range of options for stability versus agility?
  • How will disruptions from mobile, social, cloud and information trends impact application strategies and governance?
  • How should organizations evaluate and manage application portfolios, and investments in application projects?
  • What processes and tools should organizations use to manage financial decisions for their applications?
  • How can organizations build just-enough process frameworks, and assess and improve application governance maturity?
  • How should organizations evolve to meet changing application needs, while building and managing staffing and skills?
  • How can methods such as rationalization, modernization, simplification and standardization be used to overhaul applications, and when should each drive business value and IT cost savings?

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