As a part of the release of the new Enterprise Analyzer product in May 2012, some new assets have been made available to help describe and clarify the need, role and value of Application Portfolio Management (APM) within IT.
Following on from the blog post in February, the 2nd phase of the Modernization journey - Planning for Change - was described again on the Micro Focus blog site.
Once the determination and analysis of what to change and why has been made (using Application Portfolio Management), the equally difficult task and planning and preparing for those changes is necessary. Fortunately, detailed investigation and analysis can be undertaken across the IT inventory and using a host of key decision criteria such as cost, risk, suitability, value, as well as key IT "health" metrics (complexity, maintainability, defect rates, etc). Importantly too, the complex task of assessing the potential impacts of change can also be undertaken using the same real-time insights.
Planning for change effectively allows the risk to be taken out of the execution of those projects, as well as helping determine the priority of the change programs in the first place.