Given the ever-increasing acceleration towards digitalisation and increasing adoption of applications to support the transformation, organisations are discovering that governance and visibility into their app portfolios are becoming extremely difficult tasks. And, as software capabilities become more extensive, organisations are embracing a larger number of applications needed to support the business. As such, with this increased digital adoption, companies are seeing a specific disadvantage in the shift towards application transparency: application sprawl.
To support digital transformation and business, more and more applications are added to the environment. Not only are some applications known, but it’s easier than ever for users to purchase applications in the environment themselves. A quick online search followed by confirmation of payment details, and the app appears in the company’s technology stack for use. But once the need for that app disappears, too often the app itself remains. Many of these applications still draw upon company resources even though they no longer provide business value.
This is one example of application sprawl. Companies try to manage their application sprawl and inventory by creating a list of applications in excel, but that can easily lead to data duplication and become out of date quickly. To ensure that their tech stacks remain efficient and applicable to their current and ongoing needs, businesses are discovering that they need a comprehensive overview of their entire software portfolio.
Application portfolio management (APM) is the solution. APM strengthens organisations with insights and real-time data analysis vital to managing their complete application landscape. The end results? Better allocation of costs, a clearer understanding of applications that support the business capability, greater alignment of APM to business strategy and reduction of risk by understanding which applications are nearing end of life. Enterprise architects need to support today’s application infrastructure while planning for tomorrow’s business roadmap.