19 Ways for Enterprises to Find Unused Apps and Weed Them Out
2Trim Desktop Apps
3Practice Good Housekeeping for Your Apps
An efficient move to a new platform is like moving from one house to another. Prior to doing so, it’s time to clean house—only bringing necessary assets. Thoroughly testing applications for compatibility with a new OS takes time and effort. Decreasing the apps that need to be moved through daily application rationalization can significantly diminish project size.
4Continuously Gather Inventory
Collect application evidence and usage data from your inventory tool to find data that distracts from the rationalization effort. The inventory data may have inconsistent vendor naming and include minor versions and patches, which makes it hard to understand what apps you have, and which need attention.
5Normalize and Categorize
Collected inventory must be normalized and standardized into consistent vendor names, software titles and consolidated versions. Normalization of raw inventory data can decrease inventory by a factor of 10. If done manually, normalization is a complex, extensive process prone to data-quality errors. Using an automated solution provides a software recognition service that turns raw inventory into actionable data and keeps up with software updates and new applications.
6Identify the Application Owner
7Make Decisions Based on Compatibility
8Clearly Identify Next Steps and Initiate Workflow
9Maintain a Clean House With Continuous App Rationalization
To prevent application sprawl from reoccurring, keep your application portfolio clean, secure and “change-ready” for the next major effort. React quickly to new efforts by rationalizing daily software requests as part of an application readiness strategy. Maintaining a right-sized application portfolio keeps desktop apps under control and the organization agile. Keeping your house free of clutter also decreases threats, streamlines vulnerability assessments, and reduces security patches that need to be managed and deployed.
10Cut costs With Application Rationalization
Organizations can save 10 percent or more with application rationalization. Other benefits include streamlined operations, decreased complexity, improved innovation and enhanced security. It can also prevent application sprawl and increase business alignment. The ultimate goal is to establish an automated, end-to-end process for managing apps over their lifecycles—requiring standardization, integration and high automation intelligence to drive decision making about which applications are allowed.