Here's why traditional Application Portfolio Management is no longer enough

Traditional APM approaches that focus solely on cost- or risk-reduction don’t give your organization the full picture.

Effective APM gives companies flexibility across the strategic and the tactical, and balance between cost and capability

Effective Application Portfolio Management is about much more than short-term cost reduction.

Progressive APM focuses on building an application landscape that enables the company’s entire business strategy.

Using business capability models, progressive APM allows CIOs and Architects to design future-state application portfolios that have a robust balance between cost and capability, the right mix of standard and differentiated capabilities, and the flexibility to respond to strategic pivots and facilitate future growth.

Do you recognize these common pitfalls of traditional Application Portfolio Management?

❌ Without complete insight, APM will never deliver its potential value

The information-gathering phase of an APM practice undoubtedly creates challenges for architects. Information is scattered across the organization, often stored in...

External pressure to reduce cost takes over

While this can lead to short-term benefits, there is often a long-term burden. With a laser-focus on cost, other application risk and attributes are...

❌ The true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is unclear

Even with a cost-reduction focus, TCO isn’t always clear. Each layer of a software program or hardware system reveals increasingly complex cost associations. Application decisions are...

❌ Time is precious; momentum is lost

The discovery phase is time-consuming, and many organizations tackle APM using inadequate or non-specialized tooling. With no clear version of...

❌ Business and IT are not aligned on strategic objectives

To realize the true potential of an APM practice, the application landscape must be mapped against the business’s capabilities and processes, so that decisions can be...

❌ APM is treated as a ‘once and done’ exercise

Long-term ROI comes from ongoing governance. Without clear purchase- and end-of-life processes for new and legacy applications in place, your portfolio will soon become...