Why application portfolio management matters
The compelling case for application portfolio management
For most companies, what would you say is the greatest challenge to achieving innovation? Is it a lack of skill? Imagination? Dedication to success? In our direct experience, confirmed by research we’ve done, it’s none of these things.
Across the globe, we find that skilled, imaginative, and dedicated teams are increasingly hampered by limited financial resources. Operational and maintenance expenses consume far too much of the IT budget, so there’s little left to fund initiatives that might lead to technological breakthroughs. Consequently, too many software development organizations spend their time just keeping the lights on, so to speak, rather than pursuing their own innovation agenda.
One answer lies in better understanding and streamlining the many applications most businesses have maintained for years, often without evaluating their true effectiveness or cost to the company. An application portfolio management (APM) program can help with this all-too-common problem.
In an upcoming paper, APM
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Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure to help Per prepare this paper for publication. Designed for readers who may be unfamiliar with APM, plus those who are curious about what IBM offers in this space, the paper offers a number of scenarios where APM can make a difference. It will be available in a week or so, and I’ll let you know when it’s live via this blog (and elsewhere!).
In the meantime, read about IBM Rational solutions for Application Portfolio Management and related portfolio-based techniques here. And you can find an article in Electronic Component News on the IBM Rational approach to APM by Hayden Lindsey here.
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