Gartner Research

How to Reduce the Complexity of Your Application Portfolios

Published: 19 January 2015

ID: G00271768

Analyst(s): Jim Duggan

Summary

Application portfolio complexity increases costs. Application managers need to track and quantify portfolio interdependencies and complexity, as well as the complexity of individual applications that make up the portfolio. Application road maps should include simplification as a priority.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Pace Layering Helps Characterize Complexity
  • Portfolio Complexity Drives Costs
  • Complexity Makes Change More Costly

Analysis

  • Track and Quantify Portfolio Interdependencies and Complexity
  • Assess the Complexity of Individual Applications
  • Create Road Maps and Involve Business or Mission Owners in Business Process, Technical, Organizational and Physical Limitations
  • Manage Services, Applications, Enabling Technologies and Projects at the Best Possible Cost

Further Reading

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2019 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.