Optimizing application development and maintenance (ADM) can reduce costs by more than 50 percent for organizations, according to new research by Gartner Inc. Managers can deploy sourcing strategies, metrics and processes to help their enterprises cut costs in half by eliminating legacy applications, complex architectures and outdated approaches to staffing, the firm says.

"ADM accounts for 34 percent of IT budgets," Claudio Da Rold, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "Most organizations tend to assume that the cost of ADM can only grow over time due to rising labor costs and the increasing complexity and number of applications.”

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