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IDC PlanScape: Application Portfolio Rationalization for Digital Transformation

IDC PlanScape: Application Portfolio Rationalization for Digital Transformation

This IDC study provides CIOs, IT executives, strategy and planning leads, architect leads, IT controllers, and application business owners with an understanding of how to tackle the problem of application proliferation and create a solid plan for mitigating it. It discusses the key dimensions, players, sources of resistance to change, and the elements needed to build strategies for application portfolio rationalization. It addresses the following key considerations:What is application portfolio rationalization?Why should IT decision makers care about application portfolio rationalization, and why now?How does an enterprise start the application portfolio rationalization process, and how does it maintain momentum through the process?Who are the key stakeholders, and what does application portfolio rationalization mean in terms of governance?What are the benefits of application portfolio rationalization in relation to other strategic initiatives?These and other questions are central to the role of the 21st-century CIO."Making the business case for a rationalization capability armed with a sound plan is a critical component of success down the road to implementing digital transformation in an enterprise," says Serge Findling, vice president of Research with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP).


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Executive Summary
Why Is Application Portfolio Rationalization for Digital Transformation Important?
Supporting Business Outcomes: Customer Engagement, Digital Solutions, Information Monetization, and Business Models
Application Rationalization: A Capabilities Approach
What Is Application Portfolio Rationalization for Digital Transformation?
Applying the DX Capability Approach to Application Portfolio Rationalization
Elements of Application Portfolio Management
Definition of an Application
Portfolio Relationships
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
The Importance of Both Governance and Stakeholders
How to Take Advantage of Application Portfolio Rationalization for Digital Transformation?
Initial Rationalization Process
Discovery and Design
Inventory
Analysis
Rationalization Road Maps
Application Rationalization as a Continuous Process
The Importance of Platforms
Summary
Essential Guidance
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