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October 17, 2012 Webinar – Application Rationalization: Reduce cost, duration and risk for Windows 7/8 migration

Please join us for the first webinar in our two part series: Application Rationalization for Windows 7/8 and Beyond. In this 45-minute webcast hosted by Futurestate IT, you will learn how to rationalize an application portfolio in order to reduce the cost, duration and risk of a migration project.

Application rationalization is a critical first step in a migration plan. By eliminating, consolidating or modernizing applications, organizations can trim the scope of applications that need to be migrated to the new platform.

In this webinar, we will review:

  • Key criteria for rationalizing a portfolio for migration
  • Findings from our recent survey of IT professionals regarding strategy, best practices and challenges for conducting rationalization as part of a migration plan
  • Potential migration cost savings that can be realized by performing application rationalization
  • Benefits of leveraging AppRx for automated rationalization analysis

For more information visit www.futurestateit.com 

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The clock is ticking for Windows XP expiry

Well, we just passed the 500 days remaining mark on the countdown to the expiry of Windows XP in April of 2014. I would wager that there are many businesses out there that still have not done a whole lot in terms of migrating to a new platform, either. Sure some testing has been done and maybe a few users in IT are running Windows 7 now but the clock is ticking. The introduction of Windows 8 last month has presented a new option to organizations, although mostly in the areas of mobile computing at this point.

 

While 500 days looks like a long time, it’s really not as long as you think. The migration to a new platform will take some time, especially if done properly. This is also an opportunity to clean house, by removing the extraneous apps and upgrading where it’s needed. If you’ve already got the resources available, why not make the most of it?

 

The survey we conducted recently shows the value of performing a portfolio rationalization prior to a Windows migration as well at the benefits of keeping things up to date afterward. You can actually reduce the migration scope and duration, and subsequently costs, by shedding the unused apps from your portfolio. The best part is that with AppRx, it’s automated, so it’s not going to tie up a resource or take you very long. You can find the survey results here on this web site, under Resources.

http://futurestateit.com/2012/11/28/the-clock-is-ticking-for-windows-xp-expiry/ 

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Trim down your portfolio and reduce unnecessary costs

As you already know, and as we’ve been saying for a while, rationalization is a critical first step for migrating applications – be it to Windows 7/8, Server 2008/12 or virtual platforms. By rationalizing the portfolio, IT and application owners can identify unused, redundant, and out of date applications and trim down the portfolio through application elimination, consolidation, and modernization. Migration project costs and duration can be significantly reduced as a result.

A recent survey that we conducted reveals that IT managers feel strongly about the benefits of rationalization for a migration project; 43% of respondents feel that rationalization is “extremely important” to a successful Windows 7 migration project, and a further 26% feel that it is “very important”. When asked how much of a reduction in portfolio size could be realized through a rationalization effort, 38% feel that reductions of 11 – 20% could be seen, while 35% indicate that their potential reductions would be even greater.

While the benefits are clear, many organizations do not conduct portfolio rationalization. Approximately half of the respondents in the Futurestate IT survey either do not rationalize their application portfolios at all, or do it only on an ad-hoc basis. Further, 87% rated their application portfolio health to be in poor or moderate condition. One of the biggest reasons cited by respondents for not conducting regular rationalization was simply lack of time. It’s a vicious cycle; resources are too busy supporting too many apps to analyze the portfolio and get rid of the unnecessary apps that are consuming time and resources. Turning to automated solutions like AppRx for help can be just what the doctor ordered in this case.

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Why you should move to Windows 7 not 8

Another article has been released (by CIO.com) recommending that organizations move to Windows 7 rather than wait for Windows 8. They make some interesting points around the viability of that release. Because of the huge changes in the interface, there are many implications to end users, support staff and application vendors. Gartner research has  backed up these claims and have labelled Windows 8 a “plumbing release”, like Windows 2000 or Vista, with the suggestion that enterprises should wait until the following OS is released. Application vendors will need to figure out how to best deploy their applications on Windows 8 and some compatibility issues will not have been completely worked out for some time. In the case of Vista, many software vendors decided to drop support for that OS, leaving some users high and dry.

 At least half of all organizations either have, or are in the process of moving to Windows 7. This huge adoption ensures that most vendors will be supporting their software on that platform. Further, the tools, and expertise needed to move to Windows 7 has been tested and proven. The same can’t be said for Windows 8, and this may leave organizations paying large amounts of money to Microsoft for extended support on XP while they wait vendors to release compatible software for Windows 8.

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The article can be found here:

http://www.cio.com/article/717418/Enterprise_Upgrades_Five_Reasons_to_Focus_on_Windows_7_not_Windows_8

 

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The second step in application rationalization.

So you’ve collected your inventory, now what? Gathering your application inventory is pretty straightforward. It may not be easy, depending on your organizational structure and management systems, but it can be done. The second step can be a bit more time consuming, especially in larger environments. Now you need to find out who owns, and who uses, your applications. This is called “application mapping”.

In determining the value of your apps, there are several pieces of information that you can use to reach your rationalization decisions. First, you need to find out if anyone is using the application. What business functions or processes do the applications fulfill? You may find that some of your applications are not really being used for anything anymore, as new apps have replaced their functionality.  Mapping your applications back to business processes and functions will reveal overlap and redundancy in your portfolio. If your organization doesn’t have a mature Enterprise Architecture program in place, you could be starting from scratch here, but don’t let that intimidate you. You don’t need to over complicate this exercise but it’s important that you put in the effort. There is a good chance that you are running underutilized and/or redundant software, and the removal of those applications has the potential to save you thousands or even millions of dollars.

Original post found here: http://futurestateit.com/2012/08/27/the-second-step-in-application-rationalization/

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