How many applications are in your company? Too many? Our cover story this week explores application consolidation strategy, and why it's important to keep the app-cutting pressure on, even as companies start putting more emphasis on growth rather than cost cutting.
How many applications are in your company? Too many? Our cover story this week explores application consolidation strategy, and why it's important to keep the app-cutting pressure on, even as companies start putting more emphasis on growth rather than cost cutting.Windows 7 upgrades offers a golden opportunity for app cutting, since you're assessing all your software for compatibility. Acquisitions, which are picking up these days, likewise demand culling apps. But the reality is that app consolidation needs to be a constant effort. Hewlett-Packard CIO Randy Mott ran a three-year IT transformation that got a sprawling app portfolio down to 1,500 apps. A series of major acquisitions edged that back up, to about 2,800. The new goal: 1,000 apps. Read more in our cover story.
In other coverage in this week's issue, we explore the role data deduplication can play in helping companies manage the exploding volumes of data they're generating. Most haven't tapped the technology yet: Our exclusive survey shows just 24% of companies using it, though 32% are evaluating it.
We also dig into software as a service strategy, offering five critical areas that can trip up SaaS efforts. And, we analyze what SAP might get from its $5.8 billion acquisition bid for Sybase.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.