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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.

Andre Christ

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.

Our Take

  • 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.
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