Coming Soon: Application Lifecycle Manager™

Migrate with speed, efficiency and quality If you’re at an early stage of a Windows 7 migration then you’re thinking how to make it fast and efficient. But you can’t risk a drop in business productivity. So what’s your alternative to pulling project managers from business critical IT projects to (slowly and manually) pull the strings? Well, we may just have one. Application Lifecycle Manager™ is our customised, freshly upgraded collaboration and workflow portal that handles complex information flows during app migration and management projects with little or no impact on business continuity. Here’s why the new version might just be the answer to one of most keenly felt app migration problems.   Instant Experience We have literally thousands of hours of project management experience for some of the world’s biggest organisations. The tool is closest you can get to putting that renowned Enlightened Migration™ know-how into a box. Despite deploying fewer resources you can quickly achieve: Cost Savings – with reduced pressure on project team resources Total app awareness – combining six sources of knowledge Central collaboration, workflow and reporting – all optimised around key app migration processes Real-time insight into the progress of every app – at every stage in the migration process   How It Works The tool outperforms manual process for speed, accuracy and efficiency thanks to integration with key sources (providing understanding on each app’s business, management and technical performance). It links with all our recommended software tools (as you might expect) but also your own preferred software (ticketing systems, databases, discovery tools) for one single accurate source of app knowledge.   Migration to Management But it’s much more than a migration tool. Application Lifecycle Manager gets to grips with your app estate on an ongoing basis – ensuring it remains as lean, agile and cost-effective as possible.   Who’s it for? Application Lifecycle Manager will support any organisation facing a Windows 7 migration or deployment project. There are two ways to get the benefits: Part of our Enlightened Migration™ – The tool is at the heart of all our major consultancy projects. We rely on it. Part of your own migration – You can fit the tool into your own project to bring it together and keep it on track.   Find out More – The new tool is available on 4th July 2011. If you’d like to know more drop a note to arrange a run through the specs.

Are you prepared for the “Big Migration” timebomb?

“Most organizations will not have the resources to migrate to Microsoft Windows 7 in time to meet the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows XP.” Gartner, 24 June, 2011. It’s hard to believe but, in a few months, we’ll reach the halfway point between the launch of Windows 7 and removal of support for Windows XP. It feels like a symbolic moment: either a welcome turning point on a steady paced marathon, or a worrying sign that it’s going to be a lung-bursting sprint to a distant finish. Windows 7 Migration Analysts Of course we would say that wouldn’t we? We’re one of the world’s best known app lifecycle consultancies and we make a living helping major organisations migrate and rationalise their portfolios for any deployment mix. But we’re hardly a lone voice in the crowd. “The Big Migration” is coming under increasing analyst and media scrutiny as the time ticks away. Here are just a few of the arguments about the danger of getting to the start line late. Gartner – Analyst Stephen Kleynhans says a project will take at least 15 months to roll out: three months on information gathering, nine months on engineering and a three month testing phase.” Forrester – Analyst Benjamin Grey reflects on the application compatibility challenges ahead. He expects significant work for IT managers responsible for application inventorying, testing, remediation, and packaging. IDG – Analyst Al Gillen led a series of surveys  with IT professionals and end users showed that budget limitations and application compatibility were the biggest concerns slowing down a wholesale Windows 7 migration. Getting Going So what the consensus? In short: the workload stays the same while the time available ticks away. We always say that starting late isn’t one mistake: it’s a unwitting commitment to a series of mistakes (we make it 11 in total) that you can plan to avoid. But help is at hand. Here are two pieces of essential reading if you want to win some of the time back before it’s too late. Download The 11 Mistakes in Windows 7 Migration ebook: quickly  identify the problems you might just rush into. The perfect document to get your project on the front foot quickly Download the Application Migration Readiness ebook: establish how to move your apps intelligently for a streamlined estate ready for any deployment mix.

Sustainable apps for a greener business – Could turning your apps green save you money?

The sustainability debate has been buried by the onslaught of the worst economic crisis in living memory. The recession has seen power prices rise and corporate agendas shift. But is the sustainability debate over? Not at all. A recent report, “Every Company is an Energy Company”, by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions argues businesses have prematurely jettisoned their sustainability programmes. Deloitte argues that it’s the financial crisis that’s short term, and energy prices, angry stakeholders, carbon footprint issues and green energy will soon return with interest. Turn Your Apps Green Our own experience suggests the green agenda hasn’t really gone away. We’ve got a lot of clients very aware of the financial (and career) repercussions of poor sustainability records in the shape of fines and lost business. Your apps are a bit like the stereos, TVs and phone chargers that, left on standby, cost over £400 million and create 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year. They are a vital focus for any true green IT strategy. We believe that apps are a (largely untapped) source of both carbon and cash savings. Our belief is that apps make up a significant proportion of an organisations typical power / CO2 output. There are four key opportunities for green improvement in almost every single app estate we’ve ever seen. 1)    Reduce – Streamline your app estate for greener usage. 2)    Replace – Test apps for power and CO2 usage. 3)    Review – Extend scope beyond middleware and back-end infrastructure.  4)    Report – Task providers to comply with your organisational standard. Making it Happen Our sustainability process is close to our Enlightened Migration™ practice. Understand – Harvest the impact of all apps from installation to actual usage before we calculate their performance. Identify – Deliver the results of CO2 and power usage by multiple app categories to get a true view of sustainability impact. Manage– Integrate the results into ongoing application governance to ensure a steady improvement in sustainable app performance. A Growing Practice We believe sustainability has never gone away. We believe app can make a significant impact on your green credentials with only a small shift in mindset. If you agree with us contact and let us know what you think.

Project in progress

Is the project working the ‘right’ way? You’ve listened to the world and you’ve actually started your migration. Have you just gone for a lift and drop? Whilst we would always endorse ‘Enlightened Migration’, this does not make you a bad person! Are you on top of your reporting and do you know where your applications are? Have you contracted an outsourcer to help you? If you have, I hope their best practices are going into your own Business As Usual teams. Are they best practices though? If you’ve started a lift and drop, then maybe think again. Enlightened Migration is a fundamental part of your BAU process. If you can’t do this up front and you’ve decided to prepare all your applications for the migration, re-assess this at the end of the project as you’ll still realise savings. How? Use Scalable Survey and have a look at how many of the new applications are actually used. Categorise your applications during Discovery and UAT. Ask the question “What does your application do” Blend your categorisation and usage data with your licensing data and start rationalising out the applications that are not used, low usage or have many applications that do the same function. Rationalise your data in the same way you rationalise your applications. If the application is no longer a ‘live’ app, take the data with it to the archive. Governance & Challenge every new application. Research all your existing applications for a better application. Look mobile!!

Interesting Facts on Mobile Apps

Whilst reading an interesting article from FundedApps in my Sunday red-top …..  When you consider the mobile app market and how new it is, it leads into what we do. Britons blow £42million per year on mobile apps THEY DON’T USE. The average smart-phone owner spends £2.10 per month on software but one in six applications are used only once and often not at all. Alistar Curtis who carried out the study said “Many smartphone owners are downloading apps they don’t really need’ A key component of managing the application estate is knowing which apps you use and just as important, the ones you no longer use. An effective Application Governance process underpinned by the Camwood tenets of “Optimise what you need and use, rationalise the duplicates and challenge all new applications coming into your estate.” I would put a healthy bet that larger firms already have all the applications they need – they just need to understand how to monetise their own application collateral.