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Applications Portfolio Modernization Survey

One of the areas I keep coming back to is application portfolio management and modernization, since the calcification of spending under the weight of successful systems is a problem for almost every organization. I was talking with some folks the other day in the applications area of HP about a new study that Forrester conducted on behalf of HP in this space. There are some interesting points of view coming out of the survey.

A couple items that I found intriguing were the perspective on the high-cost and lack of funding, since one of the objectives of this kind of activity should be greater functionality at lower cost, it made me wonder if it was a bootstrapping or a confidence issue. Some good prototypes that are lower risk but still visible would help organizations understand the impact and the risk as well as provide some savings. I always tell people that if you do a pilot in an area that no one cares about, no one will care about the results. On the other hand, you don’t want to risk the entire organization. Identifying valid prototypes is a skill that can’t be overestimated. There are other barriers to these modernization activities.

 

I also found it interesting that the survey stated that 1-20% of applications in organizations should be retired. This validates a previous number I’d heard from a CIO who went into an organization and stated that any system they couldn’t find an owner for in 90 days would be turned off. They ended up turning off 15% of their systems, and after that only 2 systems had someone come back and say they couldn't turn it off an they’d own it. For the people concerned about green IT, this gets back to the whole negawatt concept mentioned in another post.

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