Build a Business-Driven Application Roadmap Using an Agile Approach

Support your ongoing business objectives with a rationalized application portfolio while remaining aligned with your current and future technology needs.

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Your Challenge

  • Due to application sprawl, many of today’s organizations have reached a point where they are supporting many applications that offer minimal to no business value.
  • Application roadmap projects are often shelved due to the complexity of scale.
  • Organizations are looking for ways to align their business priorities to current and future decisions for applications.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Complication

  • Application leaders do not have an excellent understanding of their application portfolio because they lack the processes required to gather accurate and applicable information.
  • Roadmaps are often shelved and left unused due to the inaccurate information they are based on.

Insight

  • Aim for realization rather than perfection.The goal is to rationalize rather than to realize some perfect state and be paralyzed in the analysis.
  • Keep your application assessment process light and Agile. Big-bang approaches have a hard time getting implemented. Get your initial dispositions quickly and then drill down.
  • Keep your roadmap stable and nimble. Ensure that your roadmap is reliable and flexible to make ongoing adjustments.

Impact and Result

  • Improve the visibility and relevance of your application roadmap by providing accurate information about your application portfolio and assessing the technical and business impacts of your disposition decisions.
  • Develop a repeatable, end-to-end process that supports the creation, usage, and maintenance of an accurate and achievable application roadmap.

Build a Business-Driven Application Roadmap Using an Agile Approach

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should build an application roadmap using an application rationalization initiative, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


1

Determine the current state of the application portfolio

Conduct an inventory collection of applications to create a holistic view of the current application portfolio and its value to the organization.

2

Determine application disposition

Create capability maps to determine the application disposition from both functional and technical standpoints across specified business domains.

3

Conduct impact analysis

Determine the disposition’s business and system impacts by assessing its business value, technical complexity, and urgency.

4

Prioritize and revise the application roadmap

Determine the priority of the application dispositions for rollout and optimize the application roadmap approach.

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Application Portfolio Management Course

Support your ongoing business objectives with a rationalized application portfolio while remaining aligned with your current and future technology needs.
This course makes up part of the Applications Certificate.

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Course information:

Title: Application Portfolio Management Course
Number of Course Modules: 5
Estimated Time to Complete: 2-2.5 hours

Featured:
Altaz Valani, Sr. Research Director, Applications Practice
David Piazza, VP of Research & Advisory, Applications Practice

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Module 1: Determine the Current State of Your Application Portfolio

The Purpose

  • Identify the enterprise applications that are currently being used and supported by your organization.
  • Assess the value and costs to keep each application in your portfolio. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of current state of application portfolio.
  • Classification of enterprise applications based on maturity.
  • Clear breakdown of the costs required to support the application.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Conduct an inventory collection of all enterprise applications.

  • Current portfolio of all enterprise applications

1.2

Document the lifecycle stage of each application being assessed.

  • Identification of lifecycle stages of each application

1.3

Document the costs of each application being assessed.

  • Costs to support, license, maintain, and update applications

Module 2: Determine Application Disposition

The Purpose

  • Identify the business processes that are supported by your applications.
  • Build your application capabilities maps and dispositions.
  • Identify the level of technical and functional support of each application.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Validation of the alignment of enterprise applications to business domains and functions.
  • Selection of the appropriate dispositions based on your business needs, and functional and technical assessments.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Determine business processes that assessed applications support.

  • Business functions and capabilities supported by enterprise applications

2.2

Build application capability maps that align with business processes.

  • Alignment of applications to your business capabilities with application capability maps

2.3

Determine application dispositions and the level of functional and technical support.

  • Identification of dispositions and the applications’ adequacy to support the business

Module 3: Conduct Impact Analysis

The Purpose

  • Assess the business and technical impact of each disposition.
  • State the urgency to implement each disposition.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clear definition of your prioritization factors: business value, technical complexity, and level of urgency.
  • Full understanding of the system components supporting your applications.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Define and prioritize your application rationalization business value metrics.

  • Defined business value metrics

3.2

Create a current state systems-level diagram of the applications being assessed.

  • Current state diagram of the application system

3.3

See the technical complexity of each disposition by drawing your target state system-level diagram.

  • Target state diagram of the application system with dispositions implemented

3.4

Calculate Business Value and Technical Complexity scores.

  • Business value and technical complexity scores of each disposition

3.5

Determine the level of urgency to implement each disposition.

  • Level of urgency to implement each disposition

Module 4: Prioritize and Revise Your Application Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Prioritize your disposition implementations in order to build your application roadmap.
  • Make the necessary changes to your application’s lifecycle stages based on your prior analysis.
  • Determine how your roadmap will be communicated to executives.
  • Prepare for future application roadmapping in other business domains.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Finalized and revised application roadmap that is accurate, practical, and aligned to business priorities.
  • Tailored document to effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • List of next steps for roadmap initiatives in other business domains using lessons learned.

Activities:
Outputs

4.1

Determine the priority of your disposition implementations.

  • Prioritization of disposition implementations

4.2

Review the lifecycle stage of relevant applications based on your impact and disposition analysis.

  • Revisions to applications’ lifecycle stages

4.3

Calculate the expected net benefits of your revised application roadmap.

  • Calculation of expected costs and benefits

4.4

Create your executive communication document.

  • Defined executive communication document structure

4.5

Review and optimize your application roadmap approach for your next business domain.

  • Next steps for future application roadmap initiatives