CIOs Overwhelmed With Obsolete Apps

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-07-2014 Email Print this article Print

CIOs and other senior tech executives say IT is supporting far too many apps that are no longer relevant to business support, according to a recent survey from Capgemini. Most agree that app-modernization initiatives would help address the issue, but they also say that they don't have a formal strategy to align app deployment with business objectives. This could hurt performance in the long run should the problem linger, creating issues which go far beyond those that are a relatively minor irritation for IT. "Ultimately, it's not a problem that should keep the wider business up at night," says Ron Tolido, senior vice president of applications services for Capgemini. "But in a world where all facets of an organization are starting to embrace digital transformation—and are dependent on the quick deployment of mobile, social, big data and cloud solutions for competitive advantage—a well-rationalized applications landscape suddenly becomes a much bigger, strategic imperative for the whole company." The survey also sheds light upon broader tech topics, such as IT budgets, CIO challenges and disruptive technologies of interest. More than 1,115 global CIOs and top-level IT decision-makers participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

  • Subtraction by Addition

    48% of CIOs and other tech leaders say their company has more applications than it needs, up from just 34% in 2011.
    Subtraction by Addition
  • A Current Consideration

    76% say that app modernization is important to their organization's business objectives.
    A Current Consideration
  • Cleaning House

    About seven of 10 respondents believe that up to one-fifth of their current apps share similar functionality and should be consolidated.
    Cleaning House
  • Irrelevant Apps

    Only 37% say that a majority of their apps are critical to their business.
    Irrelevant Apps
  • Flying Blind

    58% say their organizations do not have a framework and methodology to help the application portfolio meet business objectives, and 46% of those CIOs and tech leaders say such a framework is needed.
    Flying Blind
  • Top Strategies Used for Application Portfolio Modernization

    Replacement: 36%, Enhancement: 36%, Consolidation: 28%
    Top Strategies Used for Application Portfolio Modernization
  • Budget Forecast

    61% say total IT spending within business will increase over the next five years. Just 11% say it will decrease.
    Budget Forecast
  • IT's Top Strategic Goals

    Increasing efficiencies through tech systems: 55%, Boosting productivity: 47%, Cutting overall business costs: 36%, Improving quality of apps: 27%, Enabling innovation through apps: 26%
    IT's Top Strategic Goals
  • Top Disruptive Technologies Being Deployed

    Cloud computing: 56%, Mobility: 54%, Social: 41%, Big data: 34%
    Top Disruptive Technologies Being Deployed
  • Top Operational Challenges for CIOs

    Data security: 61%, Data quality: 43%, Complexity of IT landscape: 40%, Obsolete, outdated tech: 34%, Governance and service integration: 33%
    Top Operational Challenges for CIOs
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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