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Use Application Rationalization to Get Out of an Application Hole

Published: 02 May 2014

ID: G00263887

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton


Application leaders find that, after years of underinvestment and ineffective governance, they are in an application hole. As you formulate a plan to rationalize your applications, it is instructive to remember the first rule of holes: When you are in one, stop digging.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Tactical Application Acquisition, Compounded by M&As, Digs the Hole
  • Lack of an Application Strategy Makes the Hole Deeper
  • The Budget Is Never Enough for All Requests, So Maintenance Projects Are Often Deferred


  • Tie Maintenance Activities to Current Business Priorities
  • Evaluate the Application Rationalization Tools
  • Use Business Transformation Projects to Fund Maintenance
  • Expand APM and Application Strategy Efforts

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