The APM Maturity Model 2.0

The potential value returned by effective APM increases as the practice matures within your organization – first by identifying your application landscape, and then by integrating your application overview with business capabilities, functions and processes.

ValueBlue has developed an APM Maturity Model which forms the basis for the step-by-step APM approach in our platform, BlueDolphin. This maturity model focuses on 5 core phases of APM growth.

APM Maturity Model

The APM Maturity Model focuses on 5 core phases of APM growth


Mapping the Application Landscape

The first phase provides your initial overview of the full current application portfolio, and gives you insight on application risk.

Phase 1: Mapping the Application Landscape provides a complete current state of the full portfolio

Phase 2: Projecting applications onto a capability model enables prioritization for mitigating operational risk and safeguarding continuity


Segmenting by Business Capability

Phase two dives deeper into application analysis, aligning applications with the business by projecting them on to your business capability model. This helps you to identify application risk per business capability – highlighting which projects or decisions are needed to lower operational risk and ensure operational continuity.


Application Assessment

Each organization has its own criteria for assessing applications. Where one company may focus on the financial aspects of applications, another will more focused on security. Assessing your applications based on the criteria most relevant to your organization – such as technical quality, security, privacy and lifecycle – takes place during phase 3.

Phase 3: Deep-dive application assessments based on the characteristics most relevant to your organization gives rich insights during phase 3.

Phase 4: Integrating the application portfolio with business processes gives a clear view of the business value of applications


Applications & Business Process Architecture

During phase four, we are able to project ‘how’ the organization operates (in terms of business processes) against the application functions required. This allows us to calculate Business Value scores per application and identify opportunities for application consolidation.


Identify Functional Overlap

During phase five, we identify the functional needs per capability, and gather information on application functions. This allows us to identify functional overlap within the application portfolio and determine application rationalization potential.

Phase 5: Identify functional overlap within your current application portfolio and identify rationalization opportunities

The benefits, in short

Ultimately, the ValueBlue Application Portfolio Management (APM) solution, delivered by our BlueDolphin platform, helps your organization run a more effective, secure and flexible IT landscape:

  • Complete insight into the organization’s application portfolio
  • Identify overlapping application functionality
  • Rationalize and consolidate IT costs whilst ensuring key business capability continuity
  • Assess real and potential application risk, and its impact on projects and initiatives
  • Guarantee accurate and up-to-date data
  • Select better fitting technology and ensure optimal cost-capability balance for your portfolio
  • Make faster technology decisions
  • Achieve transformation goals in a much more agile manner