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February 2015

How to consolidate application portfolios

Sponsored by SearchCIO.com

Many enterprises that have been around for a while are now maintaining a vast number of applications. Now the question is: how to best consolidate these application portfolios to maximize their business benefit. In this SearchCIO handbook, CIOs and CTOs share their stories of application consolidation and the lessons they've learned in the process.

In our first piece, CIO expert Harvey Koeppel discusses the 7.5-ton elephant in the room his company was confronted in carrying out its application inventory, setting the foundation for a transformation that boosted both staff and customer satisfaction. In our second piece, Eric Hawley, CIO at Utah State University, explains how he consolidated applications to reduce complexity, which he calls "the harbinger of decline." In our third piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen looks at how to overcome the fear factor when it comes to application consolidation.

Table Of Contents

  • University CIO takes on the consolidation challenge
  • Business value beyond expense reduction
  • Overcome the fear factor