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Wednesday, March 15 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Adventures in Rationalizing Your Institutions's Software Portfolio

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Suppose you’re managing 15 people who were technically "supporting" 130+ software applications. 30% of the apps were home-grown, created by Ex-employees, poorly documented, and technically unsound; 50% 10+ years old.
Your most expensive and mission critical apps ($100k+ annually) were under-used, disliked, misunderstood, and painfully overlapped in capabilities.
Related workflows for nearly every app were designed from the “inside out.” End users were “afterthoughts” and traditional methods of funding applications by the agency requesting it--amassed two decades of departmental policy/procedure silos/service gaps.
Data sharing was nearly impossible; technical integration was excessively expensive; and finally, supporting/maintaining the back-end operating system infrastructure was impossible to keep current. Something had to change

This is the journey of transforming a university's legacy software portfolio from departmental “mix-and match” collections toward a highly rationalized, enterprise model. It’s also the beginning of a transition from demand-driven software procurement to a capacity enabled one. The difference is a transformational—configuring rather than compiling!
If your IT organization is responding to rapidly increasing data sharing needs; constantly changing requirements; falling IT budgets, decreasing staff; woefully underutilized/duplicative software; and a growing shadow IT presence; “Adventures in Rationalizing Your Institution's Software Portfolio,” is for you.

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R. Terry McGhee

Director, Project Management Office, Longwood University
Short Bio Industry (1976-1980) -started in IT in 1978 writing BASIC statistical programs for textile industrial engineering applications USAF. 1980 -1996 -retired "early" from USAF as communications officer (telecom, data, voice, satellite, air traffic control) -charter member... Read More →

Wednesday March 15, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Holley V/VI
  • Session Sponsored by: Longwood University

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