The keystone of IT Transformation is visibility. Where are you spending your cash?
How can you better determine where to spend it? How do you spend it and still align with your business initiatives? How necessary are all of your applications? How much functional redundancy is in your architecture? How much redundancy is being added without your knowing about it?
In a bloated IT application landscape there are many redundancies, including IT that does not support the business. Or at least does not support it where it will make the biggest difference. Many tasks are not apparent to IT and often do not align with IT strategies. Unfortunately, it’s been this way for years. IT and the business are more aligned than previously but relationships aren’t perfect and there are redundancies leftover. Application rationalization tools can show you what you have and where. Often organizations have “shadow IT,” where business goes off and buys apps and then there is no visibility or governance by IT – but IT still has to maintain the apps. (Of course you can’t tell other departments how to spend their budgets, but with application rationalization you will gain the ability to become more responsive.)
Gain a single view of your enterprise IT to better align your IT portfolio with business strategy. Spend less manpower on maintaining stuff you do not need. Product-as-a-service, direct-to-consumer (D2C), new technologies such as the IoT, and reducing the cost of legacy systems are just a few of the IT transformation imperatives facing manufacturers in the era of digital transformation.
Complete alignment between enterprise IT and business goals is needed if manufacturers are to achieve the goals of digitalization, IT agility, compliance by design and IT cost reduction. There simply isn’t enough capital to fund digital transformation without ensuring IT spend is properly direct first.
Software AG’s Digital Business Platform enables you to overcome strategic IT planning hurdles and turn your architecture into a cost-efficient, responsive and agile enabler of digital business.
Using Alfabet, the platform’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) and IT portfolio management tool, you can gain instant visibility into your entire IT portfolios and understand dependencies to know what the impact of change will be. As you face the changes demanded by industry drivers such as digitalization and changing business models, Alfabet enables you to align IT portfolio decisions with business strategy and the future-state EA models encompassing the IT strategy. Then you can stop the bloat.