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Posted by Phil Murphy on December 15, 2010
In his report on the top technology trends to watch in 2011 to 2013, my colleague Gene Leganza called out application portfolio management (APM) as one of a number of "planning and analysis tools to manage the future." Forrester clients seem to agree with Gene; in fact they aren't even waiting until 2011 - their interest has been building steadily throughout the second half of 2010.
One case in point: thousands of unique client hits in Q3 alone on a new report entitled Assessing Your Applications - Metrics That Matter Drive Better Rationalization Decisions. I noted similar levels of interest in the companion workbook, Forrester's Application Scoring Workbook, in Q3. Together they indicate that clients have a strong interest in educating themselves on how to streamline and rationalize their application portfolios.
The volume of client inquiry offers additional proof points but focused more on the "how to's" of APM, application assessments, and rationalization - this indicates to me that organizations are turning interest into action so they can adapt to anticipated growth as the economy recovers in 2011 and beyond. I expect firms that rationalize their portfolios will emerge as leaner, meaner, stronger competitors - ready to win market share from those that don't. Why?
So client organizations are turning their attention to the processes that will help them:
Vendors, opportunity is knocking - it is time to join the dance and stop watching from the sidelines. Some opportunities include:
Yes, there's a lot to do to fulfill the demand I see from clients - who's game?
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