SmartAdvice: Boosting Legacy Apps Without Overspending
The Advisory Council suggests you consider new approaches to these initiatives: taming legacy applications, grid computing, and staff skill development
Managing the infrastructure
Retire old infrastructure that is minimally used or where use can be migrated to newer existing infrastructure. Infrastructure in marginal use eats up space, power, bandwidth, personnel time, and other important resources. Get rid of it!
Review your current capacity--storage, bandwidth, conditioned space, personnel, etc.--versus your existing and future needs. There may be opportunities to gain value by consolidating storage systems and voice and data, or by finding extra capacity on servers.
Negotiate with your vendors to gain more value. Remember, every vendor has a competitor who may be willing to give you more for your dollar or whose existence can be used to your advantage.
A portfolio-management tool can help in establishing the baseline as well as in the continued management and assessment of applications. If your budget is tight, a spreadsheet or simple database tool with analysis reports can be developed. This would offer a way for you to plan, prioritize, and execute the work in your IT organization.
Although most of the above steps require minimal investment in additional equipment or software, they do require an investment in time. To be successful in any one of them, a commitment must be made, people assigned (or pulled from other tasks), and plans and decision points established.
Driving business value
Reviewing and managing your applications and infrastructure also allows you to periodically realign operations with your company's business goals while containing costs, increasing functionality, and, therefore, increasing business value.
Advancing your career
Being seen as a leader in new strategies, project management, financial and strategic analysis, and improved communications will burnish your business profile and help to advance your career.
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