As companies come together to complete a transaction, their success relies on multiple factors, with effective integration leading the pack. Integration must be accomplished across multiple fronts, of course. Clearly, technology is one of them.
Very likely, executives will want to conduct application portfolio management (APM) initiatives to support technology integration efforts. It’s important for executives to understand that successfully integrating entities at the technology level requires advanced analysis of these assets. It isn’t simply a matter of rationalizing applications with an eye to their surface costs.
Intelligent APM depends primarily on understanding application compatibility with business priorities, strategies and processes, as well as knowing what data types exist across the organization and where. This will enable the merged organization to maximize, optimize and govern its data assets and respond to management, customer, regulatory and other issues - regardless of which applications remain in place and which are phased out.
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