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Most enterprises will find that some of the benefits of Application Portfolio Management (APM) are realized shortly after implementation. If IT had previously managed applications on an ad hoc basis, chances are that the APM implementation will focus the development and maintenance teams on the applications that deliver the most value to the organization. However, APM requires ongoing operational attention in order to deliver full value.
In particular, this research note addresses the following:
- Assigning stewardship for APM and application domains.
- Balancing prioritization, supply and demand, and execution.
- Keeping business resources engaged.
Keep the enterprise APM initiative well fed and it will continue to deliver value. Starve it of resources and it will turn into a time consuming one-time initiative that failed to drive full value.