The majority of large organizations, especially those that have developed over many years, have no single point of reference to identify even a simple list of applications. The multitude of applications that exist are often a combination of inherited legacy applications that should have been decommissioned years ago and the more legitimate application solutions properly planned and deployed by the IT business. Often, this complexity is further complicated by merger and acquisition activity that brings external, unknown applications into the mix.
IT Portfolio Manager provides an “Application Atlas” that documents an organization’s application and infrastructure portfolio. Imagine being able to use an internet search engine to locate applications using a range of typical qualifiers – name, owner, business function and so on – and then being able to drill down into the application to discover what inter-dependencies it has, what business processes and products it supports and be able to explore the other important information characteristics.