Application Rationalization

An application rationalization initiative—a framework or process for “rationalizing” which applications can be retired, consolidated, or migrated to the cloud—can help you address the growing challenge of application sprawl.


For many organizations, applications have gone largely unmanaged since Y2K, the last major application portfolio change event. As a result, application portfolio diversity, duplicity and the non-stop addition of new applications to the IT landscape has generated an overwhelming need for patching, upgrades, support and license maintenance for both IT and application owners alike.


Application rationalization is the first step in gaining control of the application portfolio. By undergoing rationalization, an organization can identify unused, redundant and out of date applications and trim down the portfolio through application elimination, consolidation and modernization. Decreasing the number of applications in the portfolio can help reduce the scope and cost of testing and remediating applications for migration projects. When rationalization is established as a business as usual practice, it can help reduce application portfolio lifecycle management, costs and risk on an ongoing basis.