CIOs Must Take Stock!

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You’ve taken the obvious steps to cut costs in your application portfolio, so where do you go next?  With a large, dispersed IT infrastructure and systems that operate in silos, often with duplicative functionality, it’s not necessary to take on your portfolio in a single bite.

To get started, you simply need answers to basic questions that will define the direction that the organization takes to optimize the value of its IT portfolio such as:

  • What do we own?
  • Is it healthy?
  • Is it redundant?
  • Is it being used?
  • Is it necessary?

In our new ebook, “CIOs Must Take Stock! Simple Steps to Understand your Application Portfolio,” we give practical advice and best practices to achieve success.

  1. Take Stock: It’s not as hard as you think to take an inventory of your systems. Avoid the urge to collect TOO much information and instead focus on simplicity.
  2. Find Quick Wins: After you have the inventory in hand, you’d be surprised how easily the first set of quick wins will emerge. Simply reducing the total number of apps and complexity will translate into hard savings.
  3. Compare Data: Using a simple set of metrics based on objective assessment in conjunction with industry benchmarks arms you with normalized data that can be used for effective comparison.   This is the only way to avoid bias and turf wars when it’s time to make hard decisions.
  4. Repeat: This process only works if you run it continuously.  The value from collecting, assembling, analyzing, and reporting on a large portfolio provides a return on effort that would greatly benefit any organization.

Want to learn more?  Read the ebook, and you’ll be on your way to increasing visibility into IT assets and projects so you can make more sound investment decisions.

Filed in: CAST News
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Pete Pizzutillo
Pete Pizzutillo Vice President
Pete Pizzutillo is Vice President at CAST and has spent the last 15 years working in the software industry. He passionately believes Software Intelligence is the cornerstone to successful digital transformation, and he actively helps customers realize the benefits of CAST's software analytics to ensure their IT systems are secure, resilient and efficient to support the next wave of modern business.
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