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What’s New in Application Portfolio Management?

The answer is 12

Published By Jeff Ellerbee
What’s New in Application Portfolio Management?

Our customers say one of the reasons they choose Troux for managing their technology portfolios is the software can be configured to set up many kinds of analysis, including application portfolio management (APM). After engaging with hundreds of customers over the years, we’ve identified a number of configurations to support the most common APM challenges. We’ve used that experience, along with feedback from the Inner Circle of customers to standardize a set of APM practices. With the release of Troux 12, all customers can take advantage of what we’ve learned in the field. Here’s some information about what’s new in application portfolio management.

Out of the box, Troux 12 offers configurations for three of the most common APM challenges that used to require a custom setup:

  • Application Transition Planning

    Challenge: Ensuring that everyone, across the organization, knows when an application will be transitioned out of production and what the replacement application will be

    Solution: Capturing replacements and date for retiring applications, while presenting the information in an easy-to-understand graphical view

    Benefit: Being able to plan when to completely shut down an application. Application portfolio managers can do so confidently, knowing business units that depend on those applications will be covered

  • Usage Tracking

    Challenge: Tracking the complexities of a single application instance used by multiple departments, for multiple functions and for different lengths of time

    Solution: Capturing all the ways an application is being used, including when its usage is planned, who will use it and its key transition dates, and presenting the information in simple graphical views

    Benefit: Avoiding unknown impacts that could create delays and project failures

  • Application Assessments

    Challenge: Calculating key application metrics when data required is not immediately available, yet needing to assess applications to decide which to keep and retire

    Solution: Being able to place any number of simple numeric ranking evaluations (i.e., “On a scale of 1-5”) on your applications and using them in Troux visualizations and analytics

    Benefit: Assessing your application portfolio immediately and making application retirement decisions

I’m excited for our users, because Planview’s commitment to identifying best practices and making them available in real time results in a number of benefits to Troux customers and the enterprise architecture (EA) community at large such as:

  • Faster implementations mean quicker time to value
  • Standard features mean our customers, support staff and developers are all on the same page from the beginning, resulting in better product support
  • The use of a common language across internal teams, external partners and user groups means better, overall communication

Of course, all this application information is only valuable if you can view and interact with the data in the ways needed. That’s why, in Troux 12, we’ve continued to invest in EA visualizations, such as the hierarchy map and timeline views, in Troux Insight.

What provides a comprehensive APM offering for EAs? The answer is 12 – Troux 12.

Check back soon for our next blog entry, where Planview product manager Dominique Trimino and I will detail these newly released visualization enhancements.

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Written by Jeff Ellerbee

Jeff Ellerbee, Solutions Consultant for Planview Enterprise One Capability and Technology Management. Jeff has helped customers be successful with CTM in the US and UK for 14 years. Jeff is a technical sales leader with more than 19 years of experience creating and selling software. He has designed, built, and successfully marketed five enterprise software products and a healthcare automation device for several venture-backed companies. Jeff is a software engineer turned sales engineer who has progressively shifted toward greater revenue generating responsibilities, taking on new challenges, creating more value for his customers and earning greater personal rewards.