Sunday, May 27, 2007

Apps Strategy: Now's the Time to Design a 5-Year Packaged App Strategy

What do ERP fatigue, instance consolidation, upgrades, SaaS, third party-maintenance, and BPO have in common? They are all stop-gap measures in addressing the key issue of having a long-term apps strategy.

Some key areas to consider include:
  • Most packaged apps were bought in the mid to late 1990's
  • Software lifecycle is about 7 to 10 years and we are entering a new upgrade replacement cycle
  • Large demand for small projects skirt the real issue of a need for a packaged application strategy
  • Architectural renewal via SOA and adoption of Web 2.0 functionality driving interest
As we move into one of the biggest upgrade cycles in a decade, enterprises should take the time to design a top-down view of their apps strategy before committing project budgets. A high-level view of the key components of this strategy include:

  • Long term vendor strategy and management
  • Packaged applications internal inventory
  • Maintenance and support schedules
  • Upgrade strategy
  • Instance consolidation strategy
  • Deployment option analysis (SaaS, Hosting, BPO, or On-premise)
  • Change management readiness
  • Business process maturity
  • Custom development requirements
  • Hardware/data center migration plan

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