A Capgemini study identified a pressing need to retire applications that have outlived their usefulness.

“We have found that today’s application landscape is often more an obstacle to successful business and IT alignment than a testament to it,” the study concluded.

Capgemini surveyed 100 CIOs and IT managers across Europe and the US for its 2011 “Application Landscape Report.”

The consultancy and outsourcing specialists found that 85 pc of the executives polled agreed that their application portfolios “are in need of rationalization.”

And the consultants continued: “Today’s CIOs are spending too much valuable time, effort and budget on their sprawling application landscape.”

If companies want to become more efficient, they need to revise and update old technology, Capgemini said.

The consultants said a lifecycle management approach is needed for application software and they noted that many CIOs are already heading in this direction. “A growing number of IT executives are treating application retirement as an essential step in the lifecycle,” the report said.

Developers should create business applications that can be easily maintained and are simple and rational. “Application retirement and data management mustbe viewed as essential steps in the application lifecycle.”

The study found that, in 56 pc of the companies surveyed, half or more of the applications are custom developed. Almost 70 pc of the IT executives polled said they keep data beyond their expiration date. Capgemini noted that “uncontrollable data growth” makes data difficult to manage, retrieve, search and report on.

A PDF version of the Capgemini survey, which was conducted in cooperation with HP, can be found here.

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