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Bring Your “Zombie Applications” Back to Life

Are Zombie applications eating away at the time and money of yoru organization? So Halloween is a far way off from where we find ourselves now, but that doesn't mean this article from John Newsom any less relevant. Newsome argues that organizations can have hundreds of “rarely used applications” which cost organisations millions of dollars a year. Using the structure of “Trick or Treat”, Newsom shows how costly, unused applications can affect your company and how to deal with them. For instance, consider the trick and treat of keeping up with the pace of change: The Trick: To meet or exceed users’ expectations, apps must be upgraded more regularly than ever. This constant cycle demands new ways of looking at application development, deployment and day-to-day management—including formal agile development and DevOps disciplines, in which APM plays a critical central role. The Treat: As enterprises embrace the fact that their critical apps must be constantly updated, they must ensure that the updates perform optimally. APM enables IT to continually monitor performance from development and test cycles all the way through production, minimizing the number of post-deployment performance “surprises.” Other overall tips include:

  • Focusing on what's important
  • Making sense of complexity
  • Cutting through complaints
  • Seeing applications through the user's point of view

Through following these steps, an organisation can eliminate applications that no longer have any beneficial business use and “restart” those that do but have fallen by the wayside. This makes a business' applications more useful, reduces wasted money and time, and helps refocus the entire company on optimization.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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