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Deliver More Value From Your Application Portfolio

You have a lot of applications.

  • Do you know what they do, how much they cost, or why they exist?
  • Are these apps supporting your most important capabilities?
  • Do you have multiple applications doing the same thing?
  • Is application management becoming more challenging?

Application portfolio management (APM) helps you transform your applications into a cohesive service catalog aligned to your business capabilities.

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You can't manage what you don't know. Iteratively build your application inventory with key data.

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Use your inventory to align your application architecture to your IT and business strategy.

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Modernize your application portfolio using business and technical perspectives.

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Why Does Application Portfolio Management Matter?

Effective application portfolio management doesn't happen on its own. It requires assistance with supporting pieces such as application maintenance, application management, business architecture, optimized intake, value measurement, and end-user feedback. Refer to these APM journey supporting topics below: Diagnostics, Related Blueprints, and Additional APM Resources to Support Your Role.

  • Management Requires Awareness


    of organizations do not have an excellent understanding of the application portfolio.1

  • Reduce Unmanaged Apps


    of employees are using apps not sanctioned by their IT departments.2

  • Reduce IT Spend and Waste


    of IT directors have wasted time and money because they did not have better visibility of application roadmaps.3

  • Improve Business Support


    of current IT performance is aligned to business needs.4

  • Prepare for the Cloud


    of CIOs don't know how many cloud-based subscriptions their organization has.5

  • Simplify Your App Landscape


    of organizations believe there are more applications than the business requires.1

  • Your Challenge
  • Application sprawl comes from evolving capabilities, turnover, mergers and acquisitions, and end-user implementations.
  • Leaders are spending more time and resources managing a portfolio that is larger than necessary.
  • Complex environments impede goals of change and scalability, expose the organization to risks, and inhibit growth.
  • Common Obstacles
  • Poor visibility into the portfolio makes strategic planning difficult and business use unclear and hides application risk.
  • Organizations lack standard practices to define the business value, leading to rationalization decisions that are misaligned to business needs.
  • Time-to-value takes too long, and business buy-in slowly fades.
  • Info-Tech Approach
  • Build a framework tailored to your specific goals and limitations. Focus on:
  • Discovering all your applications.
  • Understanding their business use and value.
  • Building an iterative approach to rationalization that examines applications from multiple perspectives.

1. Jayanthi, Aruna. "Application Landscape Report." Capgemini, 2014. Accessed 20 Nov. 2017.    2. Starke, Joann. “The Shadow IT Dilemma.” Cisco Blogs, 23 March 2016. Web.    3. Bowling, Alan. "Clearer Visibility of Product Roadmaps Improves IT Planning.", 1 Nov. 2010. Accessed 29 Sept. 2015.    4. Info-Tech Research Group, n=350+ pairs of CEOs and CIOs.    5. “The CIO in 2017 Cloud Sprawl and Shadow IT: Why IT Leaders Need Visibility and Control.” VansonBourne, 2017. Web.

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Explore the following Info-Tech Diagnostics and blueprints that support your APM journey.


Inventory and assess your application portfolio.

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Optimize your portfolio's value. Discover, rationalize, and modernize your applications.

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Review Your Application Strategy

Ensure that your applications enable business goals and strategy.

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Application Portfolio Snapshot

Align and assess your applications to support optimal portfolio management.

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Streamline your application portfolio to drive business value.

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Rationalize Your App Portfolio

Optimize your portfolio's value. Discover, rationalize, and modernize your applications.

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Application Portfolio Assessment: End User Feedback

Don't guess what's important, measure application satisfaction.

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Application TCO Calculator

Define TCO and value across your entire app portfolio as part of your application rationalization.

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Manage the portfolio to support organizational and technological evolution.

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Switching Software Vendors Overwhelmingly Drives Increased Satisfaction

Realize the benefits of switching poorly performing software.

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Modernize Your Applications

Build continuous modernization into your application strategy.

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Get expert help with your application decisions, with detailed, fact-based reviews, comparison data, and in-depth market insights.

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Additional APM Resources to Support Your Role

Deliver Your Digital Products at Scale

Understand how products enhance business capabilities and contribute to enterprise goals.

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Embrace Business-Managed Applications

Support the business in implementing and managing its applications.

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Map Your Business Architecture to Define Your Strategy

Better align your applications with capabilities to bridge IT solutions and business goals.

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Industry Insights

Explore related research by industry vertical to gain tailored insight.

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Build an Application Department Strategy

Unlock the potential of your application portfolio with an application department strategy.

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CIO Business Vision

Measure business satisfaction with core IT services to find out what is most important to them.

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CIO-CEO Alignment

Understand your CEO's business vision to better align your technology investments.

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Build a Value Measurement Framework

Define business value to understand and prioritize applications, projects, products, and enhancements.

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Optimize Project Intake, Approval, and Prioritization

Improving your application portfolio is a great opportunity to update your intake process and prioritization criteria.

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Assess Core IT Processes

Find out where APM falls on the list of most pressing IT priorities.

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App Team Perspective

What is the state of the backend of the application? Has the application maintained sufficient code quality? Is the application reliable? How does it fit into your application architecture?

To update and define your application management processes and governance, consider starting our Streamline Application Management blueprint.

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CIO Perspective

What is the overall cost of the application? What is the projected cost as your organization grows? What is the cost to maintain the application?

As a CIO, consider starting our Enterprise Application TCO-ROI Assessment Diagnostic.

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End-User Perspective

How does the end user perceive the application? What is the user experience? Do the features adequately support the intended functions? Is the application important or does it have high utilization?

To understand how your end users feel about your applications, consider starting our End User Feedback Diagnostic.

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Maximize Business Value From IT Through Benefits Realization

Since rationalization is about enabling capabilities to deliver value, use rationalization to help improve your application value realization.

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