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Boomer Retirement And IT – Are You An Ostrich, Chicken-little, Or an Owl?

Forrester October 27, 2009
The rock-band R.E.M. sang a song about the "end of the world as we know it" and to hear some people talk – the end is near!  The Chicken-littles of the world would have us believe that retiring Baby Boomers will wreak untold havoc. Half the world's population will suddenly disappear from the workforce - collapsing world […]
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Is application consolidation keeping you up at night?

Forrester October 21, 2009
I've written a lot of research around the topic of application portfolio management (APM), and how the tools are slowly maturing from their application mining roots. Although the process of APM applies equally across packaged and custom-appls, the mining tools, until recently anyway, have excluded packaged applications. Our application development team recently expanded with some new colleagues, and […]
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How Do You Define A “Legacy” Application?

Forrester September 28, 2009
  I had an interesting inquiry with a client that began with this question – "What is the defniition of a legacy application?"  Yikes, I thought – this will be one of those long-ranging, rhetorical discussions that – at the end of the day – lacks the kind of decisive answer clients typically seek during inquiries. The […]
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Which is it, shortage of mainframe skills … or jobs?

Forrester September 16, 2009
   There is a lot of noise lately from 2 camps – one swears that the availability of people with mainframe skills is drying up rapidly – they either forecast dire shortages, or note problems hiring for certain positions internally. Most of the trade press articles are firmly in this camp. Inevitably, when a trade-press […]
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How do you define an “application” for app portfolio mgt purposes?

Forrester September 15, 2009
  Once apon a time … the definition of an application was easy – firms built accounts payable, general ledger, purchasing, order entry, and other applications to meet the automation needs of the business. The applications were written as monolithic collections of functionality that were dedicated to accomplishing key business functions and had relatively clear boundaries. However, over the […]
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Should Application Portfolio Management Start With Business Process Assessments?

Forrester August 27, 2009
 I heard an interesting comment from an executive at one of the big services firms – that application portfolio management (APM) efforts must begin by mapping business processes for the applications. I really don't agree, but thought it would make an interesting topic to discuss here. Part of the argument stems from how services firms […]
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