How enterprise models contribute to successfully completing a merger, acquisition or divestiture

posted by Marc Lankhorst on May 31, 2017

Organizations involved in major strategic changes such as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures often focus mostly on the financial and market aspects of the change. What is the impact on your market share? How can you increase buying power from your suppliers? What cost savings can be realized by exploiting synergies?

Application Portfolio Management: Towards Value-Driven Architecting

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Danny Weinberger on Jul 30, 2016

Many organizations with large legacy application landscapes can no longer postpone a major overhaul of their IT. But how do you avoid creating tomorrow’s legacy today all over again? And how do you spend your IT budget in the most sensible way? Next to appropriate design and development practices (e.g. enterprise architecture, agile and DevOps, as we addressed in our previous blog) you need to manage your application portfolio as a whole, to decide where it is most important to invest.

Application Portfolio Management for Finance - Slaying the Dragon

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Jens Goossens on Nov 11, 2015

In many organizations a mythical creature lays deep down in the catacombs, otherwise known as the server rooms. This dark monster has an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Normally these creatures are in search of gold. However, this kind doesn’t fancy gold, this one hoards applications!

Application Portfolio Management in Local Government

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Ton Baas on Oct 14, 2015

Although Application Portfolio Management (APM) isn’t the newest kid on the block, it has had a tremendous growth in popularity lately. Due to the economic crisis and market pressures in general, IT managers and architects are constantly pushed by their CxO’s to reduce inefficiencies, improve agility of the enterprise and cut costs. The complexity of these tasks leads to an increasing need for tools and structures to help them handle their application landscape.

BiZZdesign's House of Application Portfolio Management

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Peter Matthijssen on Sep 23, 2015

As we have described before, few organizations have a systematic and reliable way of translating a business strategy into action. This requires aligning various disciplines along the same desired business outcomes. This is at the core of BiZZdesign’s approach to business change.

Application Portfolio Management for Beginners with SMART

posted by Maher Dara on May 19, 2015

Everybody is familiar with the SMART abbreviation. It stand for Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic and Time bounded. But this blog is not about that kind of SMART. In this blog I will discuss how to apply another type of SMART within the context of Enterprise portfolio management.