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Lean IX and Apptio Partner to Provide the Holistic Perspective on Your Applications
Investments into your organization’s applications are best made with a holistic perspective backed by data.
As more and more CEOs seek to drive digital transformation of their businesses, they need to marry application portfolio management and IT costing to evaluate where to invest.
Info-Tech recommends that five key criteria – value, alignment, technical health, cost, and end-user perspective – provide the best means to rationalize your portfolio and make informed decisions with technology assets. However, finding the toolset that provides accurate data for those criteria is a challenge, as many tools specialize in one particular area.
Some vendors have begun to recognize this and have aimed to integrate their offerings and specializations to provide customers with a more complete solution.
This appears to be the case with Lean IX and Apptio. Lean IX is an enterprise architecture tool that provides a glimpse into how applications align to business capabilities. This is a central aspect to portfolio management, specifically identifying, managing, and reducing redundancy. Apptio is another leader in technology business management (TBM) and focuses on managing investments in technology and their ongoing costs.
As of May 2020, Lean IX and Apptio have partnered to produce an integrated solution that better informs the strategic decision-making process with improved visibility into an application’s total cost of ownership and alignment to business capabilities.
- Understand how different technology or portfolio management tools skew their analysis to their data constraints.
- Find the tool that supports your needs best and consider which criteria takes priority in your decision making.
- Do more than select a tool; build the practice of application portfolio management.
These are the trends we predict will be most important is it relates to Enterprise Architecture in 2021.
From the business architecture perspective, agility is the ability to quickly change structurally and operationally to react to external changes or to create new business value. Enterprise architecture comprises business and service/application architecture – therefore, it needs to provide an environment for harmonized agility at each level.
This note outlines some of the fundamental KPIs that you should measure to show the success of the enterprise architecture team. It also discusses how you measure them and visualize the result.
The application portfolio management (APM) tool space can be a confusing one, as many software vendors offer their own take of what APM is. Enterprise architecture, application management and project portfolio management tools offer an APM use case, but these are often quite skewed the primary function of the tool.
Application rationalization fails when the chosen framework does not match your scenario or the goals for your application portfolio. This note looks at how to apply application rationalization during an M&A.
Many vendors suggest application rationalization is quick and easy. It isn’t. This claim does you a disservice and most importantly they’ve missed the point. Rationalization as part of a continuous application portfolio management function is about becoming a driver of the business.
Often people misidentify the purpose of application rationalization, leading to misuse and unsatisfactory results. We try to break application rationalization down to its simplest form to understand how to make the most of this critical IT function. tr
Measuring technical debt is important, but more important is communicating the implications of this problem in terms of risk to business capabilities. Cast Highlight tools are used for application portfolio management (APM), specializing in applying code analytics to business decisions regarding your organization’s applications.
Many application rationalization tools and frameworks miss the true benefits of this practice, as they only assess the individual application without consideration for its redundancies. Infusing an enterprise architecture perspective, as seen with LeanIX, will generate the bigger savings you are looking for.