Many organizations want to start a digital transformation and modernize their application landscape, but do not have a good overview of the technical state of the portfolio and the business importance of the individual applications. They don’t know where to start, they cannot make targeted choices and it can take many months to accumulate the required insight.
The IDC Metri Application Portfolio Strategizer service provides an evidence-based insight into quality, business impact, cloud readiness and the recommended transformation strategy per application in a very short time, enabling quick and targeted actions to be taken to save costs and increase value. We use a SaaS platform to perform the code scan so that it does not leave your organization. We ask the application owner to complete a short questionnaire for each application. This gives us the insight to advise a fact-based future strategy for each application. This will save you a lot of time and ensures that your organization will quickly reap the benefits of the digital transformation.
The Application Portfolio Strategizer consists of three components:
This scan provides a dashboard of the entire portfolio, as well as insight per application examined into the quality, maintenance costs, technical debt, cloud readiness and risks in the third-party/open source components used.
This assessment provides insight into the business importance of the various applications. By plotting these to quality, size and costs, it becomes possible to make targeted decisions.
All results are fact-based, in accordance with international standards and fully auditable, reproducible and verifiable. The application migration strategy is based on the 6R model (Re-host, Re-platform, Re-purchase, Re-factor, Retire, Retain).
A logical next step in the strategy of applications is to draw up a parametric cost estimate for at least the applications with the greatest risks, so that concrete insight is gained into functional size, required effort, conditions and associated costs. This can be used for a benefit management assessment or a business case analysis. It is also concrete fact-based input for the strategic planning process. IDC Metri can help you using its Estimation Suite services.
Benefits of the Application Portfolio Strategizer
The Application Portfolio Strategizer provides a future strategy for each application, based on:
Size and maintenance costs
Risks in third-party/open source components, including known vulnerabilities and possible risks in the use of licenses
The fact-based approach delivers:
- Overview of Application Portfolio Health & Risk
- Business Impact versus Health & Risk Heatmap
- Top-5 Risk applications with accompanying migration strategy
- Applications list with their individual migration strategy
Based on the insight obtained, it is possible to compile an effective change portfolio with clear priorities.