These days, unfortunately, many organization’s applications portfolios are a lot like most people’s garages. You don’t touch the precarious pile of tools or open the exploding closet because at least you know where everything is and there might come a day when you need that broken, bunny-eared television set. The task of organizing what you have is daunting so it is ignored, or at best, re-shuffled.
Over the past few decades, the growth of solutions for different enterprise department needs has resulted in a multitude of systems and applications. Given an opportunity to start over, an enterprise would likely create a much more cohesive and streamlined solution for its current and projected business priorities; however, few enterprises have this luxury. In reality, most enterprises have to factor in the assets they possess, revitalize them to the best extent possible and ensure there is a seamless way to integrate with other solutions across the eco-system of its trading partners.
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