application portfolio management
What Brought Me Back To Forrester: Our Market-Leading Engagement Around Emerging Technologies
It is such a pleasure to be back at Forrester, especially now when our firm is actively embracing and helping you, our customers, leverage new technologies to innovate and differentiate your business. After three years leading technology strategy and market development for Microsoft Azure and Equinix, what brought me back were three things: The value […]
Observations On NRF 2018: Making Retail Great Again
The National Retail Federation’s Big Show attracted tens of thousands of attendees . Far from resigning themselves to conquest by market places they are determined to make the right investments to thrive and survive. Three years ago we found retail CIOs most concerned about innovation and security https://www.forrester.com/report/The+Retail+CIO+Agenda+2015+Secure+And+Innovate/-/E-RES121188 At the NRF show in 2018 it […]
Agile Plus DevOps Is Slowly But Steadily Reaching Enterprise Scale
Agile is still alive and well and in demand, according to Forrester’s Agile adoption panel. This year, our biannual survey tracking the health of Agile initiatives focused on the main challenge: Agile at scale. As software teams get further along their Agile transformation, they find that, despite some improvements, scaling vertically and horizontally remains their biggest […]
What is the right number of applications?
A common question Forrester gets from organizations planning an application rationalization strategy is “How many applications should I aim for?” It is a good question, but can be symptomatic of an approach where less equals success. This is very common with executives and senior stakeholders, who often can take this type of singular view of […]
Application Portfolio Management - Are You Doing It? Using Tools? Doing Without Tools?
The term application portfolio management (APM) has been around for a while now, and I'd like to solicit some opinions and discussion about it. What is your level of interest in application portfolio management? Are you considering it or not and why? Are you actually doing it? How is it going? Have you ever […]
What Is The Definition Of An "Application"?
What is the definition of an "application"? We are "applications development and delivery professionals" – surely we have this question nailed, don't we? The question keeps coming up in different contexts, and since there are many potential opinions, a blog is the perfect place to spur debate. Here are some (simplistic) questions to generate debate: Is a […]
Application Assessments -- How Do You Decide What Matters?
So you need to formulate an application modernization decision — what to do with a given application — how do you begin that decision making process? In the past, modernization decisions were often simply declared — "We are moving to this technology" — for a number of reasons, such as, it: Keeps us current on technology. Provides […]
How Will Cloud Impact Your Existing Application Portfolio?
In a conversation with a vendor in the application portfolio management space the other day, we got on the subject of what "Cloud" means to them and by extension to their current and future customer base. My colleagues have written extensively on what it may mean to Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, HP and others, and our conversation […]
Enterprise packaged apps integration
Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, man is born free and is everywhere in chains. So too Enterprise app deployments are conceived as self contained yet everywhere are integrated with legacy and complementary apps. My colleague Ken Vollmer and I are looking at packaged apps integration best practices and how these might change as some apps move to […]
Apps Modernization - What are Your Top Priorities in 2010/11?
OK, so the holidays are over, you’ve either closed, or are in the process of closing out 2009 year-end processing. The 2010 decade has begun, and it promises momentous change before we see the end of it: Leading edge technologies will become commonplace; Still newer technologies will emerge; New business threats and opportunities will arise; And the impact of […]
Is COBOL The Root Of All (Technical) Evil?
OK, so I used a tongue-in-cheek title to attract your attention, forgive me. A recent blog about the Boomer retirement phenomenon provoked some comments by a colleague with strong opinions about COBOL's useful life. I felt that his comments raised a topic that is substantial enough to warrant its own place in the blogosphere. The comments read, […]
Is application consolidation keeping you up at night?
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 […]
How Do You Define A "Legacy" Application?
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 […]
Which is it, shortage of mainframe skills ... or jobs?
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 […]
How do you define an "application" for app portfolio mgt purposes?
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 […]
Should Application Portfolio Management Start With Business Process Assessments?
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 […]