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Federal CIO Council Unveils Application Rationalization Playbook

Jeff Brody

The Federal CIO Council released a new playbook designed to help agency portfolio managers facilitate application rationalization under the Cloud Smart program in support of their information technology modernization efforts. 

“Application rationalization will help federal agencies mature IT portfolio management capabilities, empower leaders to make informed decisions, and improve the delivery of key mission and business services,” the council said in the document.

The playbook outlines six steps IT portfolio managers should consider when it comes to app rationalization: identify needs and establish governance for app rationalization, conduct an inventory of apps, review the business value and technical fit of all apps in the inventory, assess the total cost of ownership, score apps and determine application placement. The council worked with the Cloud & Infrastructure Community of Practice and sought insights from federal IT professionals and industry stakeholders to develop the Application Rationalization Playbook.

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