Infrastructure Slideshow: Overcoming Application Overload
Is the management of applications on your enterprise in need of rational revision? Rationalization refers to the retiring of apps that are simply no longer needed by organizations. But guess what? Far too few companies are doing this, according to a survey from Capgemini, a consulting/technology/outsourced-services company. Co-produced with HP, the Capgemini report reveals that businesses in the U.S. and Europe maintain millions of applications that are obsolete and no longer deliver full business value. Sometimes, application convergence results from a merger or acquisition. In many case, though, it's the "let's keep it just in case" mentality that is creating a virtual landfill of apps. The majority of CIOs and other top tech execs say many of these apps are simply not serving a valuable function. In these economic times, proving the ROI of IT investments is essential. Senior execs are under the gun more than ever to increase cost efficiencies of app management. But the sheer number of apps supported -- up to 10,000 for large, global enterprises, with average data growth of 5 percent per month -- means that tech departments clearly are facing an issue of potentially critical significance.