Gartner Research

Use TIME to Engage the Business for Application and Product Portfolio Triage

Published: 25 March 2019

ID: G00382785

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton, Stefan Van Der Zijden


Aging application and product portfolios need more attention than budgets allow. Application leaders should work with business stakeholders to apply top-down analysis and TIME categorization to prioritize opportunities for portfolio improvement using business and technology fitness, risk and cost.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Triage Your Application and Product Portfolio by Using the TIME Model
  • Define an Initial Remediation Strategy for Each of the Four Application Categories: Tolerate, Invest, Migrate and Eliminate
    • Tolerate — Re-engineer
    • Invest — Innovate, Evolve
    • Migrate — Modernize
    • Eliminate — Replace, Consolidate
  • Engage and Involve Business Stakeholders by Discussing the TIME Model, and Jointly Identify and Prioritize Improvement Opportunities
  • Support Continuous Improvement of the Application Portfolio by Assessing the Portfolio Regularly

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