Application Portfolio Management

What is application portfolio management?

Application Portfolio Management is a process if managing a portfolio of related applications, in terms of functionality or data dependence. Application Portfolio management provides various business benefits such as cost reduction, risk management via platform consolidation and improved business support via reengineering applications to latest technology platforms.


Globally, Travel, Transportation and Logistics (TTL) organizations face a myriad of challenges characterized by a spaghetti IT landscape driven by strong dependence on legacy systems, constant inorganic growth through M&As and de-centralized IT systems. This ultimately leads to lack of visibility into the IT landscape and hinders the IT organization’s ability to remain agile to business needs.


For a large global provider of data, analysis, and information tools, HCL done a process rationalization through APO. HCL reduced 167 systems supporting 15 business processes were reduced to 32 systems implemented across geographies.


The majority of IT departments that have been around for any length of time with a reasonable scale of operations would probably have to deal with issues relating to what is known in the industry as "application spaghetti." Depending on the platform or architecture that is the flavor of that time period, a variety of in-house, externally sourced, or packaged applications will have been put in place and tweaked over time to try and align with specific business processes.