Rationalize your Applications in a smart way using an Application Landscape Diagram

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Application Landscaping

Published on 22 sep 2015

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About Smart Application Rationalization using an Application Landscape Diagram

Smart application rationalization often takes four steps: identification, classification, evaluation and advise. And these steps will lead towards deduplication of functionality, loosing redundancy and controling your application portfolios budget.

In all these four steps it is a new best practice to create an application landscape diagram (static at A0 size or interactive dynamic online) that gives all the stakeholders a comphrehensive overview: what are we talking about.

  • A landscape diagram tells what apps have been identified and what groups of apps may not have been indentified and numbered yet.

  • A landscape diagram shows what apps are apps or should be qualified as services, modules, interfaces or information systems or etc...

  • A landscape diagram gives a quick overview what apps are ready to be replaced, renewed, etc..

  • A landscape diagram show the dependency of processes towards apps: what apps are the key ones all work in the organization heavily depends upon.

Considering all this there is no reason at all not to have or to create an application landscape diagram of your current or future state of your application landscape.


Dragon1 is an online Enterprise Architecture Tool (EA Tool) on which you can model and present interactive architecture diagrams.


Creating an application landscape on Dragon1

On Dragon1 is it very easy to create diagrams like the one above of your application landscape.


You just import data via an excelsheet or XML file or you enter and enrich data manually.


Next you create a model with your data relating them and next you create a view on top your model, filtering out or in the data you want to see on the visualization.


Next you create a visualization template with visual items (data/shape-placeholders) that places the data that is left in the view with certain shapes, sizes and colors on your visualization canvas.


To top it of you can link the visual items to layers and frames and create a animation of your application landscape.


If you by any chance have defined indicator, you can even highlight or track and trace what is wrong in your landscape or what applications block or enable the execution of your strategy.


Creating a Drill Down Application Landscape

Here is a blog about creating a drill down application landscape. https://www.dragon1.com/blogs/markpaauwe/generating-drill-down-application-landscapes-on-dragon1

Doing application portfolio analysis yourself on Dragon1

If you are interested in creating an application landscape yourself on Dragon1, you just need to buy a Dragon1 subscription here and you are ready to start, supported by our specialist on the service desk.

Mark Paauwe | VP Product Development   30-7-2018The picture above shows a visualization template connected to views. These views are placed on top of an enterprise model containing domains and applications and act like filters. The enterprise model is a related set of data entities.