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.
Jochem Schulenklopper is a Netherlands-based IT architect at Xebia, an international IT consultancy company.
Gero Vermaas is an IT architect at Xebia, a boutique IT consultancy firm based in the Netherlands.
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