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In Application Rationalization, the Number of Applications Is Irrelevant

Published: 31 October 2013

ID: G00255497

Analyst(s): Darryl Carlton, Matthew Hotle , Andy Kyte


Application rationalization is an imperative because businesses can no longer tolerate the drain caused by an expensive and inflexible application portfolio. But it is impossible to rationalize the application portfolio — the real problem is the business processes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Focus on the Real Goals of Application Rationalization
  • Understand the "First Law of Application Rationalization"
  • Procure Business Engagement
  • Use Pace Layering to Design a 21st Century Application Strategy
  • Avoid the Temptation of "Low-Hanging Fruit"
  • Change Investment Management Processes

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