Rationalise your way to a more efficient IT operation

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Businesses regularly attempt to boost efficiency through rationalization of hardware, processes and even people – On the other hand, why is application rationalization usually overlooked?

Rationalization is basically the method of searching for what you have got, what is actually and truly want or need, and eliminating the excess. Rationalizing your business applications can be a lengthy but worthy exercise, nevertheless IT departments usually have a problem understanding where is best to start, or the way to build up a case to make decisions.

Now, let's take a look at the benefits of rationalizing your application portfolio

As well as the core business applications – Email, ERP, social media etc. – We frequently can spot immense volumes of applications on any single network. There could also be software that has been used for a project specifically but was never stopped, or duplicate applications acquired through something like merger.

Either way, an enterprise may have hundreds even thousands of apps on their network at any time, slowing performance speeds and adding significant costs. Reducing use and cutting down on these applications can mean IT departments can function much more efficiently, with less applications needing to manage, license and support.

What's more important, however, is the advantages of application rationalization will be extending through the entire business. From reducing bottlenecks in information storage to providing the best, simplest and most up to date software package for the workplace, an efficient working IT operation ensures transactions for the business are running smoothly, employees are working much more productively and the data of the company is secure.

Challenges to consider when rationalizing your application portfolio:

One of the biggest and important roadblocks when having to face to rationalizing your portfolio is that applications are commonly 'owned' by the department heads, rather than your IT department. Your heads of department are much less likely to recognize the benefits of rationalization immediately.

This is a common problem as we found that application portfolio rationalization succeeds best when driven by honest information patterns, in conjunction with a general need in the workplace from senior members of staff for improved business processes. Through this combination, immediate cost savings can be found (within 12 months of implementation) along with improved IT processes in general.

A corporate executive mandate sounds like the wiser option, but we should first consider honest information patterns, and how they can come to help build a decent business case to encourage rationalization.

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This article was published on 2013/11/21