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How to Reduce the Complexity of Your Application Portfolios

Published: 19 January 2015

ID: G00271768

Analyst(s): Jim Duggan


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


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


  • 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

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