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How to Prioritize Application Inventory and Rationalization

Published: 07 April 2014

ID: G00261699

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton


Application leaders are overwhelmed by the sheer number of applications to inventory and assess as they start application rationalization. Prioritizing areas based on business fitness, change, known problems and the largest costs breaks down the effort into manageable pieces.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine the Business Capabilities That Need to be Improved by a Business Transformation or Strategic Initiative, and Prioritize Those and Related Capabilities
  • Identify Business Capabilities With the Most Problems and/or Redundant Applications, and Use Qualitative Information to Evaluate the Technical and Business Fitness of the Applications Supporting Each Top-Level Business Capability
  • Start Application Rationalization With Applications That Are Responsible for 80% of the Budget
    • Over Time, Expand Your Inventory to Cover the Complete Portfolio

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