Use Case

Application Rationalization

Story Background

Every company runs on applications. Optimizing your application portfolio to meet your company's operational and financial needs is key to ongoing business success. Continuous application rationalization allows you to confidently optimize application spend, control costs and promote organizational agility.
However, this requires comprehensive visibility into your application portfolio, with an emphasis on data quality, ease of use, and rapid time to value.

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Benefits from the LeanIX customer base


$50M savings achieved with LeanIX

30 percent

30% of redundant apps removed within 6 months


$1M of extra support costs avoided

Chandra Venkat

“Today, every business leader in the organization knows which applications require rationalization or can be considered as candidates for cloud modernization.”

Chandra Venkat Associate Director Enterprise Architecture, Carrier


Control complexity and costs with LeanIX

Easily scope applications

  • Filter the applications based on their lifecycle, business capability, functional and technical fit, and more
  • Save filtered applications lists for easy access in the future
  • Enrich data with flexible Surveys and subscriptions for responsible owners

Evaluate applications

  • Identify candidates for rationalization with pre-defined reports to help analyze the costs and value of each application
  • Apply the TIME methodology (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate) to categorize your portfolio
  • Explore interdependencies between applications and projects to ensure nothing critical is affected when sunsetting an application
  • Define the path forward for each application in short-, medium-, and long-term measures

Create projects roadmap

  • Leverage Project Fact Sheet type for each TIME application group and link them to the main project
  • Link projects back to Objective Fact Sheet to outline how they are supporting your strategy
  • Easily gain an overview of your roadmap with pre-defined reports
  • Showcase project timelines and review end-of-life dates for all applications within the project

Track status and report progress

  • Leverage pre-defined Dashboards for tracking, reporting, and sharing the progress of your application rationalization initiative
  • Provide stakeholders with transparency into the current and target landscape
  • Implement regular application review cycles to stay on top of your evolving application portfolio

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