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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Without a holistic and accurate view of your application portfolio:

  • Low value applications will continuously gather unnecessary licensing and maintenance costs.
  • Application roadmaps are shortsighted and structured to only address current short-term needs.
  • Application dispositions won’t account for business dependencies and may not be practical to implement.

Following a well-defined and standardized application rationalized initiative in your application roadmap process can:

  • Ensure your stakeholders are bought into the roadmap and are up-to-date with current business and technical requirements.
  • Focus your dispositions and other portfolio enhancements with the most accurate information on specific domains.
  • Optimize the execution of the portfolio analysis and application roadmapping processes of other business domains using lessons learned from previous roadmap projects.

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

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