“Identifying and Tracking Applications: A Detailed Look”
EMA White Paper ($99 value!)
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One of the most challenging aspects of IT management is defining IT services. Unlike a computer, a rack, a chair, or even a well defined vendor software package, IT services often have blurry boundaries, and yet there is substantial value in identifying them. Without a list or catalog of what IT provides to its business partners, it is difficult to justify IT budgets and align IT activities with business drivers and value. In this paper, EMA discusses how to define applications, how to manage their identifiers, how to maintain application data, and how to reconcile disparate application portfolios.