Application Agility Killer #3 – The wrong deployment strategy

You wouldn’t think so, but a lot of app deployment strategies are driven by trends. A senior exec hears about published desktops or App-V and before you know it, the entire app estate is on the move. Unfortunately, a lot of these strategic decisions end up running aground when the realities of the application estate’s readiness start to become clear. The principle: don’t make deployment decisions without analysing the impact on the entire application estate – especially the mission-critical apps your business depends on. The Deployment Mix In the old days, most apps were physically deployed to the desktops that needed them. Today, most enterprises are moving towards a mix of physical, virtual, cloud and mobile deployments. The right Deployment Mix will be different for each enterprise and every application estate. But the idea is simple: to arrive at the right DeDeployment Mix ployment Mix, you’ve got to do your homework, making sure your apps are compatible with the destination platform and assessing the business impact of moving them there. Application Agility is all about finding the best fit deployment for your apps – not about bandwagons.  To find out more about the Application Agility Killers download our free eBook.

Application Agility Killer #2 – App Estate Sprawl

Almost every organisation we’ve ever walked into was licensing and supporting far more applications than they needed. As users bring in their favourite applications and business managers deploy local, departmental solutions, any app estate will quickly become bloated. Applications are licensed without knowing they’re already paid for and available. Hundreds of apps are over-specced for the task; hundreds more are completely under-used for their costs. Get Rational Perhaps the single most important driver of Application Agility is application rationalisation: figuring out what you really need and getting rid of the rest. Any rationalisation program starts with intelligence about the application estate (see Killer #1), then proceeds quickly to informed decisions about which apps go forward and which get the axe. How many apps you can remove from your estate depends on many factors, but reductions of 50-70% are not at all unusual (we call this rationalisation and it’s one of our favourite metrics). In other words, over half of the applications in your estate could be redundant. Think about that for a minute. The Benefits of Rationalisation
  • Lower licensing costs
  • Lower maintenance & upgrade costs
  • Lower support & helpdesk costs
  • Faster, easier migrations
  • Fewer hosting resources
  • A greener, more efficient IT infrastructure
  • Better visibility into the app estate
  • Easier on-going app lifecycle management
Big-Time Compression We’ve helped a lot of large organisations reduce the size of their application estates. The biggest compression we’ve ever achieved? Going from 12,000 apps down to 4,500, with almost zero end-user whinging (one guy did object to losing his processor-hungry Championship Manager game). We were proud of that one – but the real trick is keeping that number down over time… To find out more about the Application Agility Killers download our free eBook.

Application Agility Killer #1 – Application blindness

You can’t manage what you can’t see. But an amazing number of organisations have only the most superficial viewabout what apps they own, much less how they’re used.Camwood Dimensions Application Agility must always start with detailed insight into the entire application estate. This includes information about business dimensions (function, user base…); management dimensions (licensing, support…) and technology dimensions (compatibilities, dependencies…). Insight drives better decisions Knowing all this about each and every application in the business makes it much easier to make the right decisions when it comes to rationalising your app estate, migrating to new platforms and managing apps throughout their lifecycle on an on-going basis.   The right tools for the job You might think that collecting all of this information about your applications would be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be that way. A new generation of software tools make this discovery process fast and painless, including: Camwood Survey™ Our version of the popular Scalable Survey product. Saves you time, resources and money by keeping your project focused. Citrix App-DNA The powerful app-compat and application intellgence tool. Ask us for samples of the detailed reports these tools can generate. To find out more about the Application Agility Killers download our free eBook.

Application Agility – Complexity is the new Normal

Remember the days of ‘one user, one desktop, one app’? Well, they’re never coming back. Today, applications are deployed in a dizzying variety of ways – physical, virtual, cloud and mobile. Instead of a nice, neat homogeneous application estate, there’s a hybrid mix of deployment strategies supporting an increasingly diverse range of client devices. Yesterday’s company-controlled PC is today’s employee-owned smartphone or tablet. And the ‘command & control’ approach with locked down desktops is giving way to a self-service, app-store trend that puts the user at the centre of the IT infrastructure. Why this matters All this matters because the application plays a hugely important role in any enterprise. It’s where the IT world meets the user. It’s where processes and knowledge are turned into decisions and actions. It’s where work gets done. In other words, the application estate is one of the most important assets in your organisation. Over the next 7 weeks we will put forward our case for the primacy of the app; a warning about what happens when you ignore your app estate. This series of blog will be a guide to some of the major Application Agility Killers that we’ve seen over and over again in our work with some of the world’s largest application estates. We hope they will help you think about your own application estate in new ways – and to treat it like the strategic asset that it clearly is. To find out more about the Application Agility Killers download our free eBook.

Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2011 – the primacy of apps

Another action packed Synergy event with the announcement that Citrix is acquiring App-DNA, the application compatibility business originally founded by Camwood.  This for me is absolute vindication and testimony to our visionary thinking in the application logistics space.  True to form the key note sessions where packed with some exciting announcements – from CIO priorities and ‘Personal/Private/Public clouds’ to ‘smooth roaming’ and the growing adoption of virtual desktops –  a lot of ground was covered and I lost count of the number of times ‘applications’ got a significant focus.  And that doesn’t surprise me. It’s becoming increasingly clear that more and more vendors and customers are starting to appreciate that an effective app strategy is the fundamental component to ensuring the move to new delivery platforms – be it cloud, virtual desktop, self-service, mobile etc. (one thing for sure, it won’t be a ‘one size fits all’). If the strategy isn’t right, migration projects will be compromised, cause excessive business disruption and probably cost a whole lot more than anticipated.  Investing time and resource up front to properly understand your app estate and to plan effectively could save a whole lot of money (and embarrassment) later down the line. App compatibility is just one piece that needs real consideration.  Rationalisation, categorisation and supportability of the estate are other aspects that warrant keen attention. Bring it all together and you’re closer to building a ‘BI’ centric view of your application estate and importantly, how it will support your next platform move and all the associated benefits.