You know a lot about your digital kingdom.
You know exactly how many computers you have because your inventory systems are mature and you have agents of various flavours keeping a close eye on your infrastructure. You can tell the difference between desktops and laptops. You know their BIOS versions. You control their power schemes and tell them when to wake up and when to shutdown. You OWN them in every sense.
You also know exactly how many users you have because your directory systems are keeping a good register of which they are, what groups they belong to, who they report to and what they can access. You might even know where they log-in every day, what folders they traverse and what files they open. You even know in microscopic detail what applications you own, because agents are busy collecting a ton of data every day about what file is installed where. That is indeed a lot of knowledge.
Now, with all this knowledge you might be thinking that you have pretty good control over your assets, right? Many people might agree with you. What else is there to know, anyway?
So, it should be quite easy for you answer these seemingly innocent questions: What do your applications actually do? Who is using them? What are they using them for? Are any of your applications overlapping functionality with other apps? Do you have 10 of ‘almost the same thing’ without knowing it, all with different vendors, different licensing schemes, and different costs?
If you have tried to answer these questions just now and found yourself looking at a blank wall…welcome to two of today’s biggest application logistics challenges – Application Categorisation and Application Usage. If you have tried to answer these questions before and got stuck at the first hurdle, you are not alone. What is the first hurdle anyway? Most of the time this level of challenge is not even perceived let alone acknowledged.
Take your time and have another go…try harder to find the answer. Try to find out how you would actually look
for an answer. Still
stuck? The reason that no ready answer springs to mind is because the challenge is not just one beast – it has many faces, many guises and no single sure-fire answer.
Now, why would you take on this problem in the first place? Simple – literally millions of pounds are locked up in redundant, useless and dead-end applications that you own. If your company is a ship, then you are probably carrying these applications around with you as dead cargo while your organisation sails on the business oceans. They weigh you down, they make you consume extra fuel – they are the barnacles that are attached to your hull bringing you no benefit whatsoever.
You want business agility, litheness and flexibility to compete. You need to leverage the latest technology such as Windows 7. When you do want to go to Windows 7, your biggest fear should be application compatibility. Will your XP apps work on Win7? Well, you don’t need to answer that question for applications that you don’t even need, right? These apps don’t need to be migrated, remediated or touched in any way. They can just be dropped from your portfolio, instantly bringing you that extra spring in your step or the ability to go a yard further than the next guy. Survival sometimes comes down to that last yard.
Looking at this situation realistically, as you sail your ship, your company, you don’t have time to bring it into port for a full check-up. You’ve got goods to deliver and customers are waiting. Ask Camwood how you can park your corporate ship in our moving corporate dry-dock. We will travel with you, assess your situation, give you an applications MOT and scrape the barnacles off your ship while you continue to sail in your chosen direction. By the time we are done and pull away, you will be sailing faster, using less fuel and reaching your destinations ahead of your competitors.