Legacy apps hold enterprises back from embracing mobility

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The need to support many redundant and outdated applications is holding many enterprises back from embracing mobility, according to a survey of more than 1,000 CIOs and senior IT decision makers by Capgemini, a consulting, technology and outsourcing service provider.

One half of respondents said they had more apps than they needed, up from one-third of respondents in a 2011 survey conducted by Capgemini. Close to three-quarters of respondents said that at least one-fifth of their current apps have similar functionality and should be consolidated, and 57 percent said that at least one-fifth of their apps should be retired or replaced.

With all of these duplicative and unnecessary apps to support, IT departments lack the time and money to aggressively implement mobility, as well as cloud and big data solutions, the survey finds.

"On the surface, a badly organised, overloaded and outdated applications landscape sounds like a minor irritation for the IT team, absorbing bandwidth and wasting money, but ultimately not a problem that should keep the wider business up at night," comments Ron Tolido, Capgemini's chief technology officer for application services in Continental Europe.

"But in a world where all facets of an organization are starting to embrace digital transformation--and are dependent on the quick deployment of mobile, social, big data and cloud solutions for competitive advantage--a well-rationalized applications landscape suddenly becomes a much bigger, strategic imperative for the whole company," Tolido concludes.

For more:
- see the Capgemini release
- read the report

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