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How to Control the App Sprawl

As companies in IT move towards becoming faster and more flexible, a unique problem has occurred. App sprawl has been on the rise as companies look to modernize themselves, but it’s proven to be a difficult problem as many organizations don’t know the full list of apps that are being used by their company. In an article by Samuel Greengard on CIO Insight, we get a plan of attack for how to get the app sprawl under control.

Avoiding the App Trap

The problem with app sprawl comes from how easy it is for a company to spend more than it needs to on multiple apps that already exist within the company. Different departments may develop different apps from one another that may more or less serve the same purpose. In addition to app duplicates, the issue also comes from BYOD in that there is potential for the use of unauthorized apps. This combination of unauthorized apps and extraneous apps creates confusion among users and can be counterproductive in the enterprise strategies.

As the division of departments harbors the perfect environment to create app sprawl, there needs to be a concrete plan to cut down the total apps used. The best way to go about this is to measure how the apps are being utilized and then run an audit on the apps in use. Greengard calls on Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive at Accenture Technology Services, to best explain how to go about beating the app sprawl:

Accenture Ghosh says that defeating app sprawl—and streamlining internal development initiatives—ultimately involves four important steps: understanding the user experience, including the perceived and actual value for users and the organization; gaining insight into performance and productivity through user and transactional metrics; measuring the performance of the app and how well it integrates into an entire ecosystem of apps; and understanding the level of security it delivers.

In addition to working on phasing out apps that aren’t useful, adding new apps and business app maintenance should also be measured with equal care. You can read the original article here: http://www.cioinsight.com/it-strategy/enterprise-apps/how-can-cios-take-control-of-app-sprawl.html

About Austin J. Gruver

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Austin is a Staff Writer for AITS. He has a background in professional writing from York College.

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