Discover Your Applications

Most application strategies fail. Arm yourself with the necessary information and team structure for a successful application portfolio strategy.

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Continuing with low visibility into the portfolio leaves you:

  • Unaware of inefficient spending
  • Exposed to undocumented and unmitigated risk
  • Unable to make timely and informed strategic decisions on your applications and the business processes they support

Discovery and aligning your applications to your capabilities gives you:

  • The defined business language capabilities of your applications
  • Awareness of the redundancies and shadow IT throughout your portfolio
  • Insights into technology gaps or areas where applications are insufficiently supporting the business
  • The foundation to build an application portfolio strategy and management practice

Module 1: Lay the Foundations of Your Strategy

The Purpose

Build the foundations to launch an application portfolio strategy and ongoing application portfolio management practice.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establish a common definition of “application”
  • Define IT and business goals for the application portfolio
  • Assign roles and responsibilities

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Introduction to the project.
1.2 Define application.
  • Organizational definition of application
1.3 Identify motivations and goals.
  • Project goals
1.4 Present a best-practice application portfolio roadmap process.
1.5 Plan iterations and review roles and responsibilities.
  • Outline of steps, roles, and responsibilities of portfolio strategy

Module 2: Use Application-Capability Mapping

The Purpose

Use application-capability mapping to expose and collect vital information on your applications.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Uncover shadow IT
  • Reveal redundancies
  • Align applications and capabilities

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Map business capabilities for your selected business unit.
  • Business capability map for one business unit
2.2 Add applications to the capability map.
  • Application capability maps for one business unit
2.3 Define application capabilities.
  • Application capability definitions
2.4 Review redundancies, gaps, and shadow IT applications.
2.5 Repeat business capability mapping process for second business unit.

Module 3: Establish Your Discovery Practice

The Purpose

Capture the results of application-capability mapping in a detailed inventory to create a single source of truth on your portfolio. Build the action plan to carry out the rest of your application portfolio strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • List of application SMEs
  • List of application attributes
  • The plan to complete application discovery and the application portfolio strategy

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Collect basic information for applications.
3.2 Identify the lifecycle stage of your applications.
  • Initial lifecycle roadmap for applications
3.3 Determine next iterations.
  • Plan for future iterations
3.4 Discuss future steps.

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