Building an Application Strategy to reduce cost and complexity
As businesses grow the technology landscape becomes complex and costly. We help organisations undertake application rationalisation to reduce cost and increase agility
Application strategies should deliver tangible outcomes
Application Rationalisation involves convincing a large population of the business to change the way they work by migrating to new applications. This required business processes to be changed and users to be re-trained. It can be time-consuming and painful for the business.
Without a tangible outcome which will widely benefit the organisation, building momentum for business participation and support is very, very difficult. Developing the right set of outcomes is key. Compelling outcomes might include cost savings, measurable reductions in the time to market or launch of new digital platforms. Without such outcomes, application strategies are often seen as academic and fail.
Strategies should focus on supporting future needs
It is fairly easy to build an inventory of the businesses current applications and work out where duplication or lower-cost alternatives exist. The problem with this approach is that by the time this approach has been executed, the business has moved forward 12-18 months. The decisions made 12 months ago will be redundant and a lot of effort will have been expended on areas that are not the priority for delivering the business strategy.
A value-based approach is better. This identifies how the organisation's future strategy and revenue targets can be met through an optimised mix of current and new applications. This target application architecture should focus on creating value as well as reducing cost.
Technology can enable larger business cost optimisation
Optimisation of the application landscape can drive significant cost savings and lead to wider infrastructure and support cost savings. These are tangible and can be driven by a technology team. However, technology can enable much larger cost optimisation across core business operations and back office teams. New applications can drive the automation of manual processes and interactions with customers.
In global organisations, significant duplication exists if regional or country teams operate independently. This duplication provides flexibility close to the market but incurs additional costs. Significant savings can be realised where duplication activity can be delivered regionally or globally.
Our team work with large and small businesses to build application strategies that support business growth. Our services include;
Examples of the benefits we've delivered to clients