Managing Business Application Sprawl

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
March 31, 2014

If you work in IT today, you know that there are apps everywhere, to the tune of 1.2 million of them according to VentureBeat. That said any IT guru will tell you that managing business applications is no easy task.

Business applications naturally sprawl and intertwine across physical architectures through the normal evolution of IT environments. Although created organically, these interdependencies produce complicated and complex solutions that tend to be inflexible and difficult to grow.

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Ultimately, these unknown application architectures are easy to damage, difficult to troubleshoot, and thoroughly frustrating for the unfortunate IT person tasked with supporting them. And eventually, after enough ‘ad hoc’ administration and undocumented interconnections to other systems, you might have a key business application that no one wants to touch (sound familiar?).

Before you make strategic decisions regarding your IT environment, you might consider an Application Discovery and Road Mapping service that can help you more effectively manage your application environment and regain control of your application architecture.

At Advanced Systems Group, we’ve designed this service specifically to:

  • Simplify application administration
  • Reduce support costs
  • Prevent employee and resource burnout
  • Avoid unplanned or unexpected downtime
  • Increase application resiliency
  • Minimize and future planning complexity

Our Application Discovery and Road Mapping service is done in three phases.

  1. Data collection and correlation. We’ll use a number of auditing tools to collect new information, review existing documentation, interview personnel, and collect and review relevant maintenance contract documents.
  2. Data analysis. Using the information from phase one, we’ll work to answer questions such as:
    1. Is the environment operating efficiently for the service delivered?
    2. Can the environment keep pace with business needs?
    3. Is the environment providing the expected uptime and are there latent risks?
    4. Is the environment meeting short- and long-term business requirements?
    5. What’s the overall life expectancy of this environment?
  3. Document Generation. We’ll deliver our findings in a detailed report that includes actionable recommendations.

Untangle the myriad of business applications that can drag down your IT department by taking proactive action. You might be thankful you did.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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