Engineering the Future of Software
Feb 25–26, 2018: Training
Feb 26–28, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Improving the quality of multiple applications in an application portfolio

9:00am–12:30pm Monday, February 26, 2018
Secondary topics:  Best Practice, Hands-on
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Who is this presentation for?

  • IT architects and business unit managers responsible for IT

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic experience evaluating architectures and assessing application quality

What you'll learn

  • Understand why application portfolio management is an important activity in IT-intensive organizations and the role of an architect in that process
  • Learn how to assess the value and quality of applications in an organization's IT landscape, tactics for improving the quality of applications from an architectural perspective, and how to best present improvement projects to your organization's stakeholders


In any organization with a significant and extensive IT landscape, questions arise: What is the status of our portfolio of applications? Does IT quality match the business value of the applications and business processes? By the way, what does “quality” mean for us, in this digital era? And if suboptimal, how could we improve the quality of our applications and our portfolio?

IT quality is the premier concern for architects, and improving quality (obviously, in an appropriate and efficient manner) should be the major driver of many architectural activities. Jochem Schulenklopper and Gero Vermaas offer an overview of TIME, a well-known model for application portfolio management by Gartner, and cover some improvements to the model. You’ll then gain some hands-on experience as you practice assessing the business value and IT quality of applications in an example IT landscape and learn a set of IT project proposals aimed at improving the value and quality of an organization’s application portfolio from an architecture perspective. Along the way, Jochem and Gero share some tips for presenting a proposed roadmap of IT projects to your organization’s stakeholders.

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Jochem Schulenklopper


Jochem Schulenklopper is a Netherlands-based IT architect at Xebia, an international IT consultancy company.

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Gero Vermaas


Gero Vermaas is a Netherlands-based IT architect at Xebia, a boutique IT consultancy firm.

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Gero Vermaas | IT ARCHITECT
03/05/2018 10:33pm EST

@Ruben We uploaded the slides, you can download them using the “Download slides” link above.

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Jochem Schulenklopper | IT ARCHITECT
03/04/2018 5:32am EST

The slides of the presentations are still in the folder shared with the tutorial’s participants last Monday. That folder also includes all case materials of the workshop.

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03/04/2018 5:21am EST

Hi Jochem, are there any slides available for this tutorial? Thanks, Ruben.