In today's challenging economic environment, businesses have shifted their application development and maintenance focus from improving speed-to-market to reducing costs and increasing value. Information technology (IT) executives recognize they need to do more with less and are looking for innovative ways to aggressively reduce costs. But faced with a multitude of options, from outsourcing to process improvement programs, they aren't always sure what is the best solution.
IBM Application Management Advisory Services can help you identify, assess and evaluate options for improving your application and development and maintenance processes. Our services are designed to help align your business objectives with IT strategy, so you can identify the most crucial areas for improvement and reduce unnecessary costs.
Defining a set of prioritized value improvement initiatives
IBM assessment and planning services help you find ways to reduce costs by first establishing a value improvement strategy that is aligned with your business priorities. Based on this strategy, we assess your current system by reviewing many different aspects of your application development and maintenance environment. Then we help you to select and prioritize areas for improvement that address key objectives of your value improvement strategy.
Comparing your capabilities against others in your industry
IBM application development benchmark services provide an assessment of your application delivery function relative to best-of-breed and industry practices. Using proprietary baseline data compiled by IBM, we compare your application development and maintenance performance levels with that of comparable businesses in your industry -- locally and globally. You can then use this information as a measure to determine which functions you are performing well and which need strengthening, and develop a plan for improvement over time.
Helping to reduce costs while increasing value
We also offer several services that are focused on helping you decrease unnecessary costs. IBM application portfolio management services identify opportunities to reduce the number of applications you maintain and simplify your application infrastructure.
Implementing your value improvement plan with IBM
Once you have a clear plan for improving the value an reducing the cost of your application and development and maintenance functions, we can provide a complete range of services to advise and assist you in implementing it. We offer a range of sourcing services, from full scope outsourcing, where IBM accepts full responsibility for your application portfolio or individual applications to providing supplemental resources on an as-needed basis.