Rational IQ - Application and Infrastructure Rationalization
How can organizations get more out of existing assets?
Estimates indicate organizations spend up to 80% of their budgets
on maintaining existing assets (e.g. applications, data, infrastructure,
vendors, people and processes). Tremendous value can be realized
- Assessing organizational processes and their contribution
to business results
- Mapping IT applications and infrastructure to business
- Allocating costs and business value by asset area and business
- Plotting the relative cost and performance of major asset
- Developing rationalization strategies to reduce overlap,
cut costs and add business value
ITCentrix uses the following Rationalization construct
to plot the relative contribution and performance of assets
is always quantified:
Rationalization strategies are developed based on input from
finance, lines of business users (via a Web survey), application/infrastructure
heads, business and IT management. Strategies include:
Strategies are tested using Precision IQ™ to construct
different scenarios and develop comprehensive rationalization
cases across the enterprise portfolio.
Serious rationalization efforts require serious software and
services. ITCentrix and its partners use a six step process for
Application and Infrastructure Rationalization, supported by
Step I - Asset Discovery. Using ITCentrix templates clients
create the necessary background data for assessing strategies.
Step II - Mapping and Chunking. Assets are
grouped into logical categories with business meaning. This
creating application ‘suites’ and mapping into
business processes (e.g. for application rationalization) or
assets by architecture (e.g. for infrastructure rationalization).
Dependencies and linkages are established at this point to
provide a clear picture of the interrelationships between assets.
Step III - Asset Valuation. Costs are allocated by grouping.
Users of assets are then surveyed to identify the relative
importance of assets to the mission of the organization. Survey
are tied to organizational financials to monetize subjective
Step IV - Portfolio Analysis. Portfolios are constructed
and evaluated on the basis of cost, asset values, asset usage,
financial return, strategic importance and other defined objectives.
Step V - Rationalization Strategies. Rationalization
strategies are evaluated to determine the optimum approach
using a combination of cost benefit analysis, portfolio optimization,
risk assessment and financial impact.
Step VI - Ongoing Management and Governance. Using an
ongoing lifecycle and governance approach rationalization scenarios
and strategies are tracked and kept up-to-date.
ITCentrix software and partner services support your rationalization
efforts, from strategy to ongoing management, across the enterprise
portfolio. We stress business decisions based on quantifiable
results that tie back to organizational financial metrics.
For more information about ITCentrix application and infrastructure
rationalization solutions contact