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Apply These Best Practices for Application Consolidation

Published: 09 April 2014

ID: G00255819

Analyst(s): David Norton, Andy Kyte, Bill Swanton


Application leaders wishing to reduce bloated application portfolios can build on a business effort to standardize business processes as a way to pay for the business and IT costs of the transformation, and to generate business value and IT savings.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine the Business Goals of Process Standardization First
  • Pick the Approach and Extent of Application Consolidation Based on the Goals
  • Don't Try to Force Too Much Consolidation; the Trick Is Overcoming Resistance to Change Without Breaking the Parts of the Business That Are Different
  • Ensure Top Management Establishes the Goals and Governance Process Needed to Make and Enforce Detailed Decisions
  • Define Business Outcomes of the Transformation as Part of the Business Case and Use Benefits Realization Techniques to Ensure the New Processes Are Adopted and Business Benefits Are Achieved
  • Design Processes Globally, Then Prioritize the Rollout by Business Unit, Region and Functional Area According to Need, Readiness and Value

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