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Build an Application Rationalization Framework

Manage your application portfolio to minimize risk and maximize value.

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Neglecting your portfolio leads to:

  • Unnecessary and high maintenance costs.
  • Misdirection between IT and the business.
  • Risks that cause more significant harm and cost to the business.

Rationalizing your application and showcasing their future direction:

  • Reduces cost, risk, and complexity facing both IT and the business.
  • Keeps stakeholders aligned with and informed on their applications.
  • Ensures IT leaders maintain their role as drivers of the business.

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Module 1: Lay Your Foundations

The Purpose

  • Define the goals, scope, roles, and responsibilities of your rationalization effort.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined motivations, long and short-term goals, and metrics for your rationalization effort.
  • Definition of application.
  • Defined roles and responsibilities for your rationalization effort.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define motivations and goals for rationalization.
  • Goals, motivations, and metrics for rationalizations
1.2 Define “application.”
  • Definition of “Application”
1.3 Identify team and responsivities.
1.4 Adapt target dispositions.
  • Defined dispositions
1.5 Initiate Application Rationalization Framework (ARF).
  • Defined core APM team and handoffs

Module 2: Assess Business Value

The Purpose

  • Review and adapt Info-Tech’s methodology and toolset.
  • Assess business value of applications.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Tailored application rationalization framework
  • Defined business value drivers
  • Business value scores for applications

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Review Application Rationalization Tool.
  • Application Rationalization Tool
2.2 Review focused apps, capabilities, and areas of functionality overlap.
  • List of functional overlaps
2.3 Define business value drivers.
  • Weighed business value drivers
2.4 Determine the value score of focused apps.
  • Value scores for focused application
  • Value Calculator

Module 3: Gather Application Information

The Purpose

  • Continue to review and adapt Info-Tech’s methodology and toolset.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Tailored application rationalization framework
  • TCO values for applications
  • Technical health review of applications
  • Recommended dispositions for applications

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Determine TCO for focused apps.
  • TCO of focused applications
  • TCO Calculator
3.2 Determine technical health of focused apps.
  • Technical health of focused apps
3.3 Review APA.
3.4 Review recommended dispositions.
  • Defined rationalization criteria
  • Recommended disposition for focused apps
3.5 Perform retrospective of assessments and adapt ARF.

Module 4: Gather, Assess, and Select Dispositions

The Purpose

  • Review and perform high-level prioritization of dispositions.
  • Build a roadmap for dispositions.
  • Determine ongoing rationalization and application portfolio management activities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Application Portfolio Roadmap
  • Prioritized Dispositions

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Determine dispositions.
4.2 Prioritize dispositions.
  • Disposition Prioritization Tool
4.3 Initiate portfolio roadmap.
  • Application portfolio roadmap
4.4 Build an action plan for next iterations and ongoing activities.
  • Action plan for next iterations and ongoing activities
4.5 Finalize ARF.
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