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October 17, 2012 Webinar – Application Rationalization: Reduce cost, duration and risk for Windows 7/8 migration

Please join us for the first webinar in our two part series: Application Rationalization for Windows 7/8 and Beyond. In this 45-minute webcast hosted by Futurestate IT, you will learn how to rationalize an application portfolio in order to reduce the cost, duration and risk of a migration project.

Application rationalization is a critical first step in a migration plan. By eliminating, consolidating or modernizing applications, organizations can trim the scope of applications that need to be migrated to the new platform.

In this webinar, we will review:

  • Key criteria for rationalizing a portfolio for migration
  • Findings from our recent survey of IT professionals regarding strategy, best practices and challenges for conducting rationalization as part of a migration plan
  • Potential migration cost savings that can be realized by performing application rationalization
  • Benefits of leveraging AppRx for automated rationalization analysis

For more information visit www.futurestateit.com 

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Who owns what?

One key element in portfolio rationalization that is often needed, but rarely implemented in an easy to manage manner, is the ability to break out your portfolio into groups so that application owners have a list of the apps that are most relevant to them. Knowing who owns what is important for a few reasons, not the least of which is being able to determine who should make the key decisions around keeping or decommissioning an application.

In most of the organizations that we have worked with, the application inventory is managed by IT but in a lot of cases it’s not overly clear who actually owns the apps from looking at the inventory. This is knowledge that is usually in the heads of various people but that hasn’t been documented yet. Now, as senior managers are beginning to demand more insight into their application portfolios due to compliance and cost reduction efforts, it is becoming more essential to be able to quickly define and report on this information.

Further, the application inventory should be centralized and accessible to the teams who need it. Contrary to popular practice, a closely guarded and rarely maintained spreadsheet is not the best way to keep track of your application portfolio. Well, maybe it’s not that bad where you work, but this does happen. One of the main elements that we had in mind when creating AppRx was the ability to have a dynamic application repository/book of record there to help you manage and report on your apps easily. Managing your inventory information doesn’t need to be a headache.

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Application rationalization for ongoing portfolio management

There is a growing awareness among organizations as to the escalating costs of managing bloated application portfolios and the need to reign in operational costs in order to free up resources for innovation and delivering value to the business. As reported in the 2011 Capgemini Application Landscape Report, the top 3 CIO priorities were to 1) create value for the business, 2) improve efficiency through IT systems and 3) cut overall costs for the business.

In order to successfully deliver on these priorities, organizations need to implement disciplined application portfolio rationalization practices. By rationalizing the portfolio, IT can identify unused, redundant and out of date applications and trim down the portfolio through application elimination, consolidation and modernization. With a lean and healthy portfolio, organizations will be better able to manage operational costs, support business productivity, maintain an agile adaptive application portfolio and adhere to corporate and regulatory compliance policies.


Download the whitepaper here: http://futurestateit.com/2012/10/16/application-rationalization-for-ongoing-portfolio-management/ 

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Application Test Strategies for Windows 7 and Beyond

AppRx automates the rationalization process and assists organizations in identifying applications that present an opportunity for consolidation, modernization or elimination. Automated compatability testing can reduce cost, effort and duration as compared to a manual approach.

Request for your copy of the whitepaper to learn how to rationalize you portfolio and rapidly trim down the scope of applications that requires testing and remediation for Windows 7.


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Reduce the scope of applications for Windows 7/8 migrations


Rationalization is a critical first step for migrating applications – be it to Windows 7/8, Server 2008/12 or virtual platforms. By rationalizing the portfolio, IT and application owners can identify unused, redundant, and out of date applications and trim down the portfolio through application elimination, consolidation, and modernization. Migration project costs and duration can be significantly reduced as a result.

Download your copy of the Reduce the Scope of Applications for Windows 7/8 Migration.


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